Thursday, 2 May 2013

Entering Leadership and Management - A Beginner's Guide

You’ve worked hard to get where you are today and now you’ve decided it’s time for you to take the next step up the career ladder into a management role. You may find this prospect daunting at first but don’t panic, Exclusive Ltd can provide you with all the help and guidance you’ll need for getting that first management job.

Here we share our top tips on making the transition:

Find Out What Managers Do

Watch the managers in your company to see what they do and how they do it. Ask them lots of questions. Reading books on management and leadership is also really useful – you’ll get hints and tips from top industry experts in these. It’s important to do your research to make sure management is for you and so you know what will be expected from you as a manager.

Show Initiative

Initiative is an essential skill for any manager. You must have the ability to act on your own ideas and make decisions without help or advice from anyone else. Demonstrate this by acting on something useful at work without specifically being told to do so. Show your boss you have imagination by thinking of ways you could improve something within the business.

Develop Interpersonal Skills

If you’re a manager, employees need to feel they can approach you with any problems. Give your undivided attention to co-workers when they are talking to you. Show an interest in them and value their opinions even if you don’t agree with them. Encourage and praise your colleagues whenever you can but do this sincerely – nobody likes phoniness!


Don’t wait around for a promotion to just fall on your lap – approach your boss and tell them you would like to follow their example and move into management. If your boss knows you are interested in such a role, they can start delegating larger tasks to you to see how you get on. If this goes well, it may lead to a supervisor or management position. Also make sure you check your company’s job bulletin regularly so you can apply for any management level jobs that crop up.

If you think you’ve got all these pointers sussed, you should be ready for your first job in management. How exciting! To find the right managerial role for you, register online with Exclusive Ltd. We offer vacancies across a range of different business sectors in the North East, Yorkshire and Scotland.

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