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How to Make the Jump to Manager

Build stronG
relationshiPs

If your career ambitions
include making a jump to
a management position,
there are some specific
goals you should be
trying to hit along your
professional journey.

Any great leader will tell
you that a successful career
is all about relationships.
You’ve heard the old adage,
“It’s not what you know, it’s
who you know.” Who you
surround yourself with and
the relationships you build in
the workplace will serve as
springboards into your next
opportunities — whether it’s
within your current company
or not.
Be a good listener and
confidant when people need to
get things off their chest. Give
solid advice to peers looking
for someone to listen. Go the
extra mile to help people out
on projects, even if it’s not
particularly in your wheelhouse.
Your efforts in building
positive, sustainable
relationships will go a long way
toward building your personal
brand as a collaborative, trusted
professional.

Some of them are tangible,
while others are more focused
on relationships. Read on for
a few ways to make sure your
leadership objectives come to
fruition.

Be a Consummate
Professional

Take professionalism seriously
if you’re looking to make the
leap into management. Commit
to wearing proper attire and
using appropriate language in
the workplace.
It can be easy to slip into
gossip situations with coworkers, especially as you build
close, strong relationships. But
it is important to remember that
word travels fast, so making sure
you stay above these situations
is paramount to your growth
within the company.
You should also be aware
of your company’s human
resources policies and
guidelines. Always follow these
guidelines and expect the same
out of your leadership team.

Be a ProBlemsolver

Executive leadership takes
notice when you bring solutions
to an issue versus all of the
related challenges. The people
with the power to promote

© ADOBE STOCK

you are looking for creative
problem-solvers to help move the
company forward.
Businesses that run
effectively are able to overcome
problems, such as competition,
product quality issues and
communications gaps with
customers. The speed at which
they overcome these problems
can make the difference between
success and failure.
You can differentiate yourself
by identifying issues, coming up

with an effective solution and
then pitching it to your leaders.

make Your Goals
known

Management teams at good
companies are constantly
looking for the next wave of
leadership to help advance
business goals. Don’t make them
guess if you are interested in
being part of that wave.
Communicate openly and
honestly with your leadership

team about your aspirations.
Use your performance review
sessions to share any career
path goals you have. They may
be able to put you on a specific
plan to help you reach these
objectives.
Being forthright about your
goals will earn the respect of
your managers. Leadership
is hard, and anyone who is
willingly making it a priority
to lead will gain the respect of
hiring authorities.

next stePs

Before you can become a
manager, you have to define your
personal goals and timeline.
Are you looking to be promoted
within the next few weeks? The
next year? Putting your specific
goals on paper will help you
build out a career growth plan.
If your employer isn’t willing
to help with this process, then
there may be a company out
there that is a better fit for what
you’re trying to achieve as a
professional.

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