9 Strategies for Transitioning to a Leadership Role


Last Updated on April 8, 2016

It’s no secret that effective leadership is a crucial component of business. It is strong leadership that moves a company forward, particularly in tough times, and no matter where you are on the corporate totem pole, there is always room for personal growth. As you gain more work experience and develop a broader skill set throughout your career, you may find yourself climbing into increasingly more demanding roles.

Whether you have accepted a new position as a leader at your company or are currently seeking one, utilize the following tips to become a better leader and demonstrate that you are qualified for greater responsibility.

1. Manage yourself well. If you are unorganized and unable to efficiently manage your own projects, you will not be able to effectively lead a team.

2. Become the go-to person for solutions to issues. While no one person is expected to have the answer to every problem, it is important to become a valuable source of information – so make yourself indispensable. Educate yourself on the important issues that affect your company so you can train others and lend a helping hand. Also, stay up-to-date on industry trends and be the person who can connect the dots inside your organization by knowing what’s going on outside of it.

3. Know when to ask for help. Every team member has an area of expertise. It shows maturity and intelligence to allow an expert to handle a task if they can complete the job at a more efficient rate.

4. Show your commitment. Prove that you are interested in, and passionate about the success of the company, its organizational development and its future growth.

5. Learn how to communicate in a confident, professional and concise manner while also focusing on listening to others.  By engaging others in an effective way, you will not only gain trust and appreciation from your team, but you will strengthen your communication skill set.

6. Encourage your team members by letting them know you are always there for support and assistance. Be motivational, but be ready and able to pivot to an authoritative mindset and demeanor, depending on the situation.

7. Always keep and encourage a positive attitude. In business, projects fall behind, things fail and few things ever go as planned. It is important to always try and focus on the positive and find the potential for learning in these situations.

8. Lead by example. There is no better way to lead than by delivering excellent work and reaching goals yourself. Set a high standard, and your team will follow.

9. Constantly work on building relationships. Positive relationships are the foundation of great businesses. By becoming a person who is better able to manage conflicts and work with difficult personalities, you are guaranteed to have more successful and cooperative business interactions.

Being a better leader may require attention to developing specific skills. However, if you can determine the strategies, perspectives and mindset you need to adopt, becoming a strong leader is within your reach. Moreover, the reward of personal growth will be worth the effort. By working on your ability to communicate, manage resources and delegate, you will not only improve your ability to lead a team, but also be a better leader over your own life and goals.

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