Are you currently thriving in a position and considering transitioning into a leadership role? If you’re not sure, consider the following:
Are you praised for displaying company values and known for always delivering?
Are you a good communicator?
Do others come to you with problems or to get your advice?
Do you enjoy the role of leading/encouraging your co-workers?
If you answered “yes” to the above question, you should definitely consider a role in leadership. So how do you transition from being a “doer” to a “leader”? Tips to Ensure a Smooth Transition into a Leadership Role suggests the following:
- To start, be sure you know exactly what your supervisor expects from you in terms of performance and as a leader.
- Once you know what success means in your new role, get to work on becoming a good leader.
- It will likely be helpful to start by meeting with each of your direct reports individually and it may be a good idea to take the meeting off-site.
- Finally, remember, to earn respect, you need to be respectful. Don’t show favoritism to any employee, don’t participate in office gossip, and follow through on the things you say you’ll do.
“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” Sheryl Sanberg
If leadership opportunities are not available with your current employer and you are considering a move, how do you market your transferrable skills? According to The Top Transferrable Skills Every Manager Should Have, communication and empathy are two key skills for leaders. Update your resume to include your transferrable skills. For more about transferrable skills, read How to Identify Your Transferrable Skills. If you happen to be in an administrative role, read this month’s career spotlight: Front Line Leaders of Administrative Personnel.
Are you ready to be a leader? Check out 10 Books Leaders Need to Be Reading for more insight.