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  • Writer's pictureJackie Booth

Five hidden signs you're ready for a promotion

Career progression is a natural part of your ongoing professional development and a goal that many of us aspire to achieve. After putting in the work, building your skills, and gaining experience, it’s natural you want to move up the ladder and take on more responsibilities.

A promotion is not only a step up the ladder, but it also signifies that your hard work and dedication have been recognized by your employer.

But, how do you know if you're ready for a promotion?

In this blog, I’ll be exploring the main signs that show you that you're ready to take the next step in your leadership career.

When you are ready for a promotion…

…you’re consistently going above and beyond.

One of the most obvious signs that you're ready for a promotion is that you're always looking for ways to improve your work, take on new challenges, and contribute more to your team and projects.

It demonstrates that you're committed to your role and leadership career. You are willing to go above and beyond to achieve success.

If this is you, it’s time to start thinking about your next career move!

…you’re showing up as a leader.

Leadership is a vital skill in any job, but it's especially important if you're aiming for a promotion.

If you find yourself often taking charge of projects, delegating tasks, and motivating others, you’re already demonstrating your leadership qualities and abilities.

You may not have an official leadership title, but you are still a leader among your colleagues.

Leadership skills aren’t just important for managerial roles, they're also essential for team members who work collaboratively and want to take on more responsibilities.

When you’re showing up as a leader, you’re more likely to be considered for promotion where you are right now, as well as feel confident about applying for other more senior leadership roles elsewhere.

…you’re always willing to learn.

If you want to advance your career, it’s essential to keep improving your skills and knowledge.

Continuous learning is a valuable asset in any job, and it's especially important if you're looking to move up the career ladder.

Your boss will notice your commitment to your professional development. It’s a sure sign that you're ready for greater responsibilities and challenges.

…you’re a problem solver.

Every job has its challenges and obstacles, but not everyone is able to see their way to overcoming them. Problem-solving skills are crucial for many roles, especially those in leadership or management.

If you can think on your feet, make informed decisions, and find new and innovative solutions to complex problems, and be able to develop and implement a plan that gets results, you may be ready for a promotion.

…you’re able to build strong relationships.

Last but by no means least, building strong relationships is a valuable asset in any job, and it's especially important if you're aiming for a promotion.

As a leader, the ability to connect, communicate and collaborate with colleagues, teams, mentors, and stakeholders is pivotal. Your relationships with others will not only support you in your current role but will help you in the future.

Still scared to go for promotion in case it doesn’t work out?

If you are still not sure about promotion, then you can also check out my previous blog “Going for promotion: – what you can do when you’re not successful”

Sometimes it doesn’t work out, but as I explain in my blog there are often good reasons and lessons to be learnt.

Don’t let the fear hold you back.

Ready for promotion? What you can do next...

Climbing the career ladder is a big deal, something many of us work hard for.

A promotion isn't just a more senior title and a pay rise, it's also a badge of recognition for your dedication and hard work.

If you’ve found that these points have resonated with you and where you are right now, then get in touch and ask me about my Next Level Leadership Transformation programme.

This is a 1:1 leadership coaching programme tailor made for female leaders who are ready to step confidently into more senior leadership roles.

Because essentially, if you think you’re ready then you probably are.

In fact, more often than not women are far more capable than they think, and all they need is that extra bit of support to appreciate how amazing they actually are and get that promotion they long deserve.


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