So a little while ago some of our staff came to me asking what they had to do to make sure they had a chance at taking their first steps in management. To make life a bit easier for them I gathered my senior management team and we sat down to come up with the following points. Obviously there are other thing which will help and some advice is industry dependent, but, this is what we came up with.
Focus on now
It’s always important to think big if you want to succeed, but no matter how big your ambitions, what will take you there is being the best you can be in your current position. It’s definitely better practice to becoming best at what you do now because that is your first step at getting ahead. The best leaders are the ones who have worked their way to the top from the very bottom.
Grab opportunities with both hands
Be the first one to raise your hands! Show off your ambitious attitude – showing that you’re not afraid of hard work or responsibility. These kind of gestures show that you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty and it is definitely these sorts of qualities will make you stand out to senior management because it becomes clear that you aspire to get to management.
Confidence and arrogance are two completely different attitudes. There is a fine line between being ambitious and being too big for your boots. Although it’s good to display managerial or leadership attributes, don’t take it upon yourself to exert authority that you don’t actually have.
A leader/ manager who show modesty in their role are respected more, than a manager who flaunts their authority.
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” – a lot of people live by this saying, but The Interactive Team disagree. They think it’s more “It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you”. You should treat every single situation and interaction as a unique opportunity to demonstrate your values, skills and personal traits you bring to your company. Always prove your potential, especially through networking.
Find role models, and by this we mean a lot of people are motivated in a lot of different ways, but it’s always good to have someone to look up to. This doesn’t mean a celebrity with a career path that is meaningless to yours, look for people who have roles that you have the roles you want and physically study what they do. How do they communicate, how have they succeeded, how they act, how do they lead, dress etc. What makes them successful and what traits can you take from them?
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