You Know Your Job Like the Back of Your Hand
- You’ve done your job for several years.
- You know the goals and challenges of the job.
- You understand the factors that made you successful.
You’ve Acted as a Leader
- You’ve taken the lead on projects.
- You’ve helped teammates through challenges.
- You’ve helped improve processes or procedures.
You Like Helping Other People Succeed
- You enjoy advocating for the success of others.
- You have no problem keeping the spotlight shining on those who deserve it.
- You have strong coaching abilities.
You Lead By Example
- You demonstrate the behaviors and attitudes you want to see in others.
- You do the right thing, even when it’s difficult.
- You walk the walk; you don’t just talk the talk.
You’re Comfortable Letting Go
- You are ok with someone else handling your current daily responsibilities.
- You know you don’t need to own or control every detail of every project.
- You have faith that any team you lead has the talent to be successful.
You Understand Being a Good Manager is Different From Being a Good Employee
- You know how to say no.
- You can make decisions swiftly.
- You can own up to mistakes.
You’re OK With Not Always Being Liked
- You know that if someone is upset with you, it doesn’t mean they don’t respect you.
- You’re comfortable not being personal friends with your reports.
- You have the ability to tell people the truth, even if it’s not always what they want to hear.
You Are a Strong Communicator
- You are comfortable and capable of setting clear expectations.
- You are prepared to give ongoing positive (and constructive) feedback.
- You listen well and are open to the ideas of others.
You Are Known for Being Reliable
- You have a reputation for getting things done on time.
- Other people turn to you for help/ideas/answers.
- You’ve established yourself as a problem-solver.
You Genuinely Want the Responsibility
- You’re taking the step because you feel ready, not because you have seniority.
- You understand how things will change for you in your professional life.
- You’re ready to shoulder the successes and failures of your team.