Stepping up to take on a leadership position is a significant professional milestone. Before you either request to shift into a leadership position or to accept a promotion you have been offered from your employer, it is best to reflect on your own set of strengths, weaknesses, skills and desires. This will help you to determine if you’re truly ready to take on a new responsibility that comes with a leadership role.


1. You are starting to delegate the task

The thought of delegating work may seem taxing to some people. The truth is, delegation is a valuable skill to have in a workplace as it allows a smoother workflow. Working overtime to complete a project or meet a deadline is way easier compared to explaining the task to someone else just to ensure they are confident enough in managing the work. A well thought out delegation will allow you to manage other tasks that require your attention, it also strengthens your bond between you and your colleagues and empowers anyone you work with.


2. You are leading by setting the right example

If you are exceptional in doing your job and going beyond expectations to ensure your work is completed properly, your colleagues will look up to you with respect and admiration. They would most likely align themselves to your seniority if they can see how hard you worked to get up there and respect you for your deeds.


3. You enjoy coaching to help drive your team to success

Helping your colleagues to gain new progress at work can make you feel a real sense of accomplishment. More importantly, you are placed in a great position to understand how your colleagues work, to identify what kind of training is critical for them to perform better.


4. You see the big picture in life

Once you found yourself no longer just working for the sake of paying your bills but actually being concern about how everyone is performing and want to play a significant role in shaping the future, then you are certainly ready to take a leadership role.


5. You recognise and take pride in your team success

Recognising success is important as recognition bring fulfilment by reinforcing the meaning of determination and collaboration. As you show your respect to your colleague’s achievement, you are boosting their esteem as well. Presenting a reward or even a token of appreciation is also a great way to engage and develop your team besides giving constructive feedback.


6. You are confident enough to establish communication with the upper management

Being confident enough to communicate with your colleagues is one thing but being able to reach out to senior figures in the company is another level. Whether you are talking to the manager or the CEO, being skilled in communicating with power and precision can increase your chances of gaining the support you need to propel your work further.


7. You develop a positive work relationship with everyone in the company

Becoming a people person in the workplace goes to show you have cultivated trustworthy relationships with all the employees in various departments. To strengthen your relationship you will need to refine your people management skills by taking the initiative to lead in project team-based work.


8. You can successfully lead project teams with a group of participants

Not every employee are given the responsibility to manage projects unless you can prove yourself that you are capable in it. If you are capable of proving your success by leading cross-functional teams, your manager will certainly look up to you as a dependable person to lead project teams in the future with progressively challenging work.


9. You can manage conflicts and able to analyse the situation before reacting

This shows that you are capable of being levelheaded and strive to uncover all the essential information to analyse the situation before you take action. Some of the key traits include fairness, unbias, ethical, tolerance, treat others with respect and calm under pressure is necessary when it comes to people management.


10. You seek advice from your peers

Any person in a leadership position can attest to the value of understanding when to seek help. The top leaders know they don’t know it all and are eager to solicit great ideas from wherever they come, whether that is from your colleagues or not. Leaders don’t just come up with solutions and ideas, they listen before they ask questions because they truly value the input of others.


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