Making the Leap From Employee to Leader

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2012. Filed Under Corporate - Tips/Tools Blog

I wanted to share this article that was posted in Vestiigo.

How To Make The Leap From Employee To LeaderBy Tim Ryan – December 13, 2012

It’s often one of the most difficult career moves to make – the leap from team-member to team leader. Contrary to popular belief, your promotion isn’t dependent on the number of years you’ve worked for a particular company. Sure there’s a correlation, but don’t rely on your years of service in a role to help punch your ticket to the next level.

The skills you need to manage a team are in fact quite different than the skills you display in your day-to-day career. Being a great analyst, doesn’t necessarily mean you’d be great at running a team of analysts. Therefore, your employer will be looking at more than just your ability to complete assigned tasks as a way to evaluate your readiness for a management position.In order to make your case, consider the following: Let your intentions be known, but then let your results do the talking
There’s a fine line between lobbying too aggressively for a promotion and simply reaffirming your career goals to senior leaders. Push too much and you come across as overly absorbed by your own needs, which will definitely detract from your claim to be a great potential leader.However, you also want to be top of mind when management is considering new promotions. Strike the right balance by reminding your immediate superiors during your performance reviews, rather than on a daily basis.Mentor others
Leaders lead, it’s that simple. Start to take on the responsibilities of a leader far before you’re under consideration for such a role. One great way to do this is to mentor others – join and help out on projects that aren’t directly related to your own responsibilities. It shows initiative and the willingness to help others, great attributes of a leader.Take responsibility
It’s easy to work on projects without ever really attaching your name to it. Some do this because they want to avoid the responsibility if things don’t go well or they want to avoid getting assigned too much work. If that’s the case, you probably won’t like leading a team.Stand-up and be counted when it comes to running a project and take responsibility for its successful delivery. It will provide great tangible proof that you can see a project from inception to completion.

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