Thank you for listening to The Champion Forum Podcast! Have you ever wonder if you’re really ready to take the leap into leadership? This might look like accepting a special assignment or applying for a promotion! Although every situation is different, there are seven common signs that can help you answer this question. It’s not enough to want to lead; you need to be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses. By the end of this episode, you’ll know whether or not you are ready to advance to the next level.
7 Signs You are Ready to Lead 1. Your manager is asking what you would like to do next in your career.
2. You are able to adapt your communication style to the person you are interacting with.
3. You consistently receive exceptional feedback from senior leaders.
4. You are comfortable working outside of your comfort zone.
5. You feel more confident when giving presentations.
6. You no longer feel stressed out when your manager asks you to make changes on short notice.
7. More people come to you for advice or mentorship, and you enjoy helping them succeed.
Q: If you are already in a leadership position, what were some signs that your boss wanted to make you a leader? What are some other qualities you think are important for people in leadership positions?
Q: Do you think leaders do enough to help develop their employees? Why or why not? If someone is not improving in each of the seven areas above, who is to blame? The employee? Their manager? Both? Why do you think so?
Go over the signs listed in today’s episode. Give yourself one point if you think the statement is true about you. If you scored 7 points, congratulations! It looks like you are ready for a leadership position! There is no need to hold back. What are you waiting for? If you scored 4 – 6 points, things are looking good! Keep honing your skills and continue to challenge yourself to act and think like a leader. If you scored 1 – 3 points, it seems you need a few more years under your belt.
Which of the points from the episode do you find the most challenging? Take some time to talk to a trusted friend or mentor about how you can improve in that area. Getting feedback from someone else can help you identify your blind spots and increase your leadership influence.
Which of your team members do you want to see take on more of a leadership role? Go over each of these seven signs and see if any of your employees fit them all. If they seem to fit many of the signs, what is holding them back? Ask yourself how you can take more initiative in presenting your team with opportunities to prepare for leadership like asking them to be a mentor, giving them more difficult assignments and opportunities to speak. Create a leadership plan for each of the employees who would score in the 4-6 range.