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How to Land Your Next Leadership Role

Jan 6, 2021 | 9m

Gain Actionable Insights Into:

  • Why you shouldn’t say “why should I do it?” when your boss asks you to take on a new challenge
  • How to network meaningfully with people you already know
  • Why helping others and being kind will help you get ahead in your career

Preparing Yourself for a Leadership Role

Perhaps you have an eye on a leadership position in your company. Or maybe you’re looking to switch to a leadership role in a new organisation. Either way, you’re ready to take on more and hungry for your next challenge. The question then becomes, how do you land the leadership role you want? 

First, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. In which areas do you excel? What are your top areas of development? Identifying these areas of growth will help you decide how you want to build up your competencies. Think about the leadership role you want, and then work backwards. What skills could you acquire that would help you excel in that position? Once you’ve chosen these skills, find ways to grow in these areas, either by getting the  relevant certification or taking a course. Having the right qualifications will help your profile look attractive to hiring managers. 

For instance, earlier in my career, I wanted to take on a Project Management role in Singtel. I had already interned with Singtel while I was studying, and I was able to identify a senior manager who I didn’t directly report to, but had known during my time there. Having such “warm” second-degree contacts in a company will go a long way in helping you stand out from the rest of the applicants. 

Prior to reaching out to that senior manager in Singtel, I knew I had to equip myself with the skills necessary to thrive in the company. I recognised that my strengths lay in project management, so I took up a certification course and got myself Project Management Professional (PMP) certified. This certification was another way to prove to the company that I was committed to succeeding in the role. 

Be sure to also get as many references as possible, not only from your bosses, but also the people that you have worked together with. These could be your clients and peers. Help others to succeed in their role and do well in their job so that when you need a reference, your contacts will be more than willing to help you out. 

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