You’ve heard that demonstrating leadership potential is the key to being promoted or getting a new job.

But, you ask yourself, how exactly do you demonstrate leadership potential? Here are five tips to help you shine at work and get the promotion you want.

1. Act responsibly and professionally.

Of course, it should go without saying that you should act professionally, no matter what. But this is especially true if you’re hoping for a promotion. Just keep in mind that this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be a stick in the mud. Having friendly relationships in the office are fine, just keep conversations work appropriate. Try to embody the values of your organization.

2. Think about the company as a whole, not just your own job.

If you’re gunning for a promotion, it can be easy to focus on your job duties and only your job duties. After all, you want to do your absolute best and have all eyes on you when the next promotion is up for grabs. However, if you do your job and only your job, no one will be hoping to have you lead an entire team. Instead, offer actionable advice and constructive opinions to your manager as well as your co-workers. Give support to newbies and offer to help out your co-workers.

3. Prioritize building relationships with others in your company.

Skill alone doesn’t cut it for promotions anymore. Sure, it plays a pretty big role, but the relationships you build can matter just as much. Be open to learning from people in any and every position. Whether it’s people below your current position who would love to work for you, people in your current position who take your advice to heart, or people above you who think you have great ideas, having influence matters. You want the people at your company to want to work with and for you.

4. Be willing to make things happen.

Want to know how to demonstrate leadership potential? Be a problem solver. The fact that you’re willing to make that decision and to think outside the box will make you stand out among your competition. Talk to your boss about what you’re willing to do, not what you think should be done about problems around the workplace. Be a doer. Be a problem solver. But don’t be a wall flower.

5. Take on management opportunities.

Of course, we’re not suggesting that you actually do all the work for your manager in hopes of someday getting the title, especially if you aren’t making the extra pay. But a great way to show that you’re more than capable of being a fantastic leader is to take on small opportunities as they arise. Asking your boss if you can help out with projects or offering to take over small projects gives you a chance to shine. This can be anything from offering to help take over small tasks while your boss is on vacation (just make sure they know about this before they go!) to volunteering to put together or help with corporate events.

Now you know how to demonstrate leadership potential with these solid, actionable tips from people who have worked their way up through companies. Good luck!

And, if you’re still feeling stuck, feel free to check out our leadership coaching page or apply for a free discovery session today. We’d be honored to speak with you!

 

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