After years of skill building and hard work, you’re finally ready to move up the ladder and be promoted to a management position. But do you have what it takes to be a highly effective leader?
There is a distinct difference between a manager who manages, and a manager who leads. Leadership positions call for a unique set of skills and a deep understanding of your team. Before you can get to this position take inventory of:
How you communicate
Communication is an essential skill for leaders. How you are able to communicate with people in different roles and departments demonstrates how you can effectively lead a team. Leaders are aware of their word choice and attitude when speaking to others. They listen, and consider the opinions of other team members.
How you collaborate
Leaders are team players. They foster a sense of community on their team and are often a key player that other members look up to. They are mutually respected and trusted by all. This helps you in leadership when you’ll need to delegate and organize your workplace.
How you teach
Successful leaders are teachers too. They use the skills they’ve learned to help mentor others and provide them with the same knowledge they’ve gained. Leaders are optimistic when faced with challenges and bring enthusiasm to any situation no matter its difficulty. Strong leaders teach their team what needs to be done, how it needs to be done and why it matters.
Getting to the point in your career where you’re ready to make the jump and become a leader takes time and effort. If you’re looking for a role that will let you grow into leadership, talk to our team at Employment Professionals Canada. We’re here to help you connect to great opportunities where you can grow!