Show Your Boss You’re Ready for a Management Role
Are you ready to take the next step in your career? It might be time to take on a more senior role in the workplace. After all, if you feel you’ve done a great job in your current position, it’s only natural to want to develop and grow. What’s more, maybe you know you’re a good leader and want the chance to prove this to your organisation.
No matter your reasons, if you want to take on a management role, you need to be proactive and show your boss you have the skills to do so. Here are five ways to prove you’re ready to take that next step and land a management position.
1. Be a problem solver
A good manager won’t shy away from problems. In fact, you’ll be expected to solve problems that your team can’t quite figure out. Companies want proactive people who can think on their feet and are able to come up with creative, but practical, solutions.
If you’re working in a charity or non-profit, you’ll have to be able to adapt to social, political and economic changes that may affect your fundraising campaigns. When an issue arises, don’t go straight to your manager to find a solution. First, think about whether there’s anything you can do to fix the problem. Your boss will appreciate that you found a resolution and began addressing the problem right away, rather than just turning to them for help.
2. Volunteer to lead a project
Why not put yourself forward for a new project and show off your leadership skills? Running a project involves organisation, delegation and communication with your team. It also shows you’re eager to add value to the business. The more willing you are to lead on new and innovative tasks, the more of a stake you have in the organisation’s success.
In smaller charities, you’re often expected to take on extra responsibilities and perform tasks that are outside your job role. By offering to lead on a project rather than just support it, you’re proving you have the valuable executive skills you need to step into a more senior role. So volunteer and prove you have what it takes.
3. Show professionalism
Managers have a responsibility to stay professional and deal with situations in a sensitive (and correct) manner. Particularly as most people will look up to their managers for advice or support. In order to show you’re ready for a managerial role, you need to be professional at all times – even at work events or office parties.
Stay organised, have a good work ethic, maintain a positive attitude and don’t engage in office gossip. Also, make sure you always dress presentably as it can help you feel confident and look the part. Even if your workplace has a casual dress code, avoid looking scruffy. After all, no one wants a manager who’s always late, has a negative vibe and just seems unprofessional.
4. Build your expertise
To be a great manager, you need to be able to motivate and lead others. Show your boss that you’re the expert in your field and that you know your stuff. Have you been working in non-profit for a long time? Use your experience to not only guide positive decisions in the organisation, but also to inspire your team members to succeed.
It’s important that you stay on top of the latest trends in your industry and pass your knowledge on to your team. If necessary, you might want to undergo some extra training to expand your knowledge.
Your company may offer training courses to employees, so it’s worth finding out what’s available by having a chat with your manager. What’s more, you may want to attend industry events or exhibitions, where you can meet your peers and develop your knowledge further.
5. Make it clear you want to develop
You need to show your boss that you’re ready for a role with more responsibility and that you’re keen for a new challenge. So be sure to outline your career goals and explain to them that you want to grow within their organisation. Maybe you started out as a Digital Fundraising Officer but you want to take on the responsibility of Community Fundraising Manager. Map out what that progression looks like and set milestones with your manager to help you advance.
Even if they can’t give you a more senior role right now, you’ll be at the forefront of their mind when an opportunity comes up. You’ll also show that you’re ambitious and that you want to invest in their company.
What are you waiting for?
If you’re ready for a new challenge and believe you would make a great leader, it’s time to step up and make this clear to your boss. Showing you’re ambitious and willing to work hard will go a long way towards convincing them that you’re the right person for a managerial role.