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So you want to be a manager eh?

There are multiple ways to get tapped on the shoulder for a management position, but if you want to take fate into your own hands and you’re stuck trying to figure out how to become a manager, how to get noticed by leadership, how to be seen as a leader yourself it can prove challenging if you don’t know where to start.

One way to gain the experience required to become a manager is to volunteer your time, find a cause you’re passionate about and raise your hand to volunteer. Organizations that rely on volunteering are more willing to give people the chance to try out their skills since, let’s face it, you’re doing it for free. It’s also much more difficult to manage people in a volunteer capacity because your “employees” don’t actually need to be there, so the skills you gain will be very extra beneficial. This route also allows you to plump up your resume, you can put volunteering on your CV and your LinkedIn. It’s also and excellent way to network and meet people who may think of new opportunities you hadn’t thought of before. I clearly can’t say enough about going the volunteer route, I also prefer it to gaining more education because it’s real life experience and you’re putting your money where your mouth is, employers like that. However in my steps I do recognize both as extremely valuable.

Another thing to keep in mind is that people are not mind readers, you need to spell it out. If you’re looking to move up, get a promotion, become a manager or leader in any capacity you need to say it out loud to the powers that be. It doesn’t have to come across as demanding a new job, it can be as simple as asking your leader out for a coffee and letting them know you’re interested in developing skills for leadership yourself, ask them how they did it and ask if there are any tasks you can take on for your team to gain those skills. This will put the bug in your managers ear that you are interested in growth possibilities. Plus it’s always flattering to be asked about yourself and your path so they are likely to help you out.

Here are 10 tangible steps you can start right now as a go getter.


1. Self-Assessment:

Before you embark on the path to management, take some time for self-reflection. Assess your strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement. Identify the skills and qualities that will make you an effective manager.

2. Develop Leadership Skills:

Effective managers are strong leaders. Focus on developing leadership skills such as communication, decision-making, conflict resolution, and the ability to inspire and motivate others. Consider seeking mentorship or leadership training programs to accelerate your growth.

3. Gain Relevant Experience:

Most management roles require relevant experience in your field. Seek opportunities to gain hands-on experience, whether through internships, projects, or cross-functional roles within your organization.

4. Build a Strong Network:

Networking is essential in the business world. Connect with colleagues, mentors, and industry professionals who can provide guidance, support, and valuable insights into the world of management.

5. Pursue Further Education:

Many managers benefit from additional education, such as a master's degree in business administration (MBA) or other relevant certifications. Continuing education can enhance your knowledge and open doors to managerial positions.

6. Showcase Your Initiative:

Managers often need to take initiative and drive projects forward. Demonstrate your ability to do this by volunteering for leadership roles on projects or proposing innovative solutions to workplace challenges.

7. Develop Effective Communication:

Effective communication is a cornerstone of successful management. Work on your verbal and written communication skills, as well as active listening. Being able to convey your ideas clearly and understand others is crucial.

8. Seek Feedback:

Regularly seek feedback from colleagues, supervisors, and mentors. Constructive criticism can help you identify areas for improvement and grow as a professional.

9. Build a Personal Brand:

Developing a personal brand can set you apart as a manager. Be known for your expertise, reliability, and professionalism. Consistently deliver on your promises and cultivate a positive reputation.

10.Apply for Management Positions:

Once you've honed your skills, gained experience, and built a network, start applying for management positions that align with your career goals. Tailor your resume and cover letter to showcase your managerial potential and enthusiasm.

Becoming a manager and leader is a rewarding and exciting journey, make sure you’re doing it for you and your own values and interests, if you’d like one on one coaching to keep you accountable and on task for this next step please book an individual coaching session with me, I also run a Foundations workshop for new leaders in which we cover things like Active Listening and Powerful Questions to hone and shape your skills into a more effective leader. Effective leaders create loyalty and loyalty begets more consistent effort from employees as well as lower turnover.

Follow the links above to book a service or email me directly for more information.

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