How To Prove You’re Ready To Become A Manager

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Your ability to lead is one of the most critical factors to your career success. In a recent study, the #1 skill organizations believed separated top performers from other coworkers was their leadership ability. In this article, we explore ways you can demonstrate your leadership capabilities early in your career to prove you have what it takes to move up to management level and be seen as a leader in your organization.

1. Show your expertise.

Hone your expertise in a specific area and you will be seen as a more integrable and valuable part of your organization’s growth and success. Develop your expertise both in and out of the workplace and openly share your knowledge with your team.

2. Suggest new strategies.

In order for an organization to progress, it’s employees must play an active role to guide it into the future. If you make an effort to suggest new ideas or strategies, you will demonstrate your ability to think strategically and perform at a higher level.

3. Build relationships with team members.

Go out of your way to get to know coworkers. It’s important for your coworkers to see you as someone they can openly communicate with. If you are friendly, dependable, and helpful, managers will take notice of your ability to be a thoughtful team player.

4. Schedule performance check-ins.

Performance check-ins are a great way to ask your manager for constructive feedback, provide suggestions, and discuss growth opportunities. Your manager will appreciate your need to improve and your drive to grow within the organization.

5. Actively participate in meetings and team gatherings.

Meetings and team gatherings are an opportunity for your abilities and personality to shine. Whether that’s preparing an update, sharing a lesson, or providing a shout-out to a team member, it’s a great way for others to take notice of you and learn more about you.

6. Solve problems.

Every organization has areas where they can improve. Embrace challenges and see problems as potential opportunities. If you take initiative to solve problems upper management will see that you’re dedicated to helping the organization succeed.

7. Maintain a positive attitude.

No one wants to work with, let alone be around a negative person, so be conscious of the energy you’re giving off to others. Organizations are more likely to promote employees who are energetic and upbeat because they have a positive impact on team culture.

8. Take on additional work.

Take on additional assignments or projects. This will show that you’re willing to go outside the scope of your responsibilities to assist others. It will also indicate that you’re someone who is proactive and willing to do whatever it takes to help your team succeed.

9. Develop your leadership skills.

Your ability to lead and manage teams is critical to your career growth and success, yet many professionals never receive leadership or management training. Check out our leadership and management training to learn what it takes to lead and be an effective manager.

Tyler Marcus has managed marketing, business development, and media teams at various startups for 8+ years. He is currently the course leader for Gradmor’s Leadership and Management training and has helped hundreds of professionals build their leadership skills, make more informed career decisions, and achieve management-level success.