You are a respected staff member who provides innovative solutions to your clients. You are energetic, hard-working, team oriented, experienced, and well trained. You now want to take the next leap in your career and move into management. The transition process into management is often unclear and speculative. We however, can help you better navigate the management process by providing you with the information that you need to move forward. If you want to move into management then you have to be an expert in your area. You do not want to move up into a management position based on political connections in the organization but based on the merit of your skill. Often, people who move up to the management ranks without a solid background in their subject matter expertise tend to underperform as a manager. You want to be the person who understands how things work and make recommendations on best practices.
Once, you know your area very well then you need to have a talk with your direct manager. You want to explain to your manager that you are ready to move up in the organization and that you would like them to help you move into a leadership position. You should ask them to add this goal into your performance appraisal and discuss what steps are needed to realize your career goal. Hopefully, you will have a manager who can provide guidance in growing you in the organization. You are going to need someone who champions you in the organization because they believe that you are the person who can do the job the best. They believe that you have the untapped potential to become a great leader in the organization. You need to find a champion along with your direct manager to move you up in the organization. Your champion can be your direct manager or others in the organization. Management is a great field in which you can help others grow their skills and create more value for your clients