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Six Of The Quickest Ways To Move Into A Leadership Position With Your Career

William Frierson AvatarWilliam Frierson
March 23, 2015

Successful woman leading a business group and looking happy

Successful woman leading a business group and looking happy. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Chances are when you begin a new job, you aren’t aspiring to stay in that same position forever. Indeed, you’re probably hoping that throughout your time with the company, you’ll gradually move up throughout the ranks. To help you make the process a bit more expedient, here are the six quickest ways to move into a leadership position in your career.

Be The Dependable One

One of the easiest ways to move into a leadership position is by establishing yourself as “the dependable one” from your very first day with the organization. When your bosses are looking to promote from within, the top quality they’ll be looking for is someone who can always be counted on. You should be willing to work different hours occasionally and take on extra projects when it’s needed.

Advance Your Education

Unfortunately, some positions may be out of your reach if you are lacking the right education credentials. One of the best ways to move up in your company is by advancing your education. For example, getting an online safety degree can help you improve your abilities and learn proper protocol for safety. Even if you are a specialist in your field, advancing your education can help you to gain the necessary skills to move up to a better position within the company. Check with your employer to see if your company offers any reimbursement for tuition.

Verbalize Your Eagerness To Grow With The Company

When employers are considering employees for advancement, one of the main things that they’re thinking about is whether or not the employee that they are considering actually wants to grow with the company. Don’t be afraid to make it known that you’re in it for the long haul.

Volunteer For Added Duties

If your boss needs extra work done or is looking to delegate a task, be the first to volunteer for it. This shows that you’re the type of person who’s willing to take initiative. It’s important for your boss to see what you can do outside of your job requirements.

Network Whenever Possible

Always attend company events and any opportunities for networking. Employers will be more likely to want to move you up into a higher position if they can easily put a face to the name when your resume lands on their desks.

Have a Perfect Attendance Record

This one can be tricky, especially if you have a family and outside obligations, but it’s crucial that you have a perfect attendance record with few sick days and no instances of arriving late. Attendance records are one of the main things that hiring personnel examine when they are looking to promote from within. Having a bad attendance record can be a real deal-breaker.

Unfortunately, you probably won’t get hired at a company and promoted the very next day. However, if you follow these six guidelines, you can certainly speed the process along.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about education, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing.

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