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Goals for a Middle Manager to Become a Top Manager

Your performance in middle management will dictate the path of your career. You’ve been recognized as a worker with the tools to lead. Meet your goals and you’ll prove that you have what it takes to be a top manager. Fail to perform as expected, and you may find that you’ve hit the ceiling of your career.

Meet Expectations Perform to your expectations, and you will prove that you’re a candidate for upper management. Your boss will set your goals. Be 100 percent clear on what he expects of you. If you are unsure of his expectations, go to him for clarification. Often, your boss will tell you how he wants a task done. If you have your own ideas, don’t be afraid to push to implement them. This shows your superiors that you have the ability to work independently and come up with your own solutions.

Demonstrate Knowledge A manager should be able to do anything he asks of an employee. If your employees are more knowledgeable than you are about your department's procedures, your bosses could question if you’re the right person to lead. If you don’t understand how the jobs beneath you work, you won’t prove capable of advancing. Beyond that, if your employees feel they don’t need your supervision, you lose respect, another sign that you are not ready to be a top manager.

Exhibit Leadership Middle managers are often in a leadership position for the first time. You company recognizes your aptitude but is unsure of your leadership skills. Set clear goals for your staff in the same way that you expect clear objectives from your managers. Encourage open communication and ideas even if they’re different from your own. Promote your organization’s culture to the staff. Show your bosses that you are committed to the organization.

Gain Experience Not only must you meet the goals that upper management sets, you must consistently meet them over time. Early success is a step in the right direction, but that doesn't mean that you will be automatically promoted. It could take several years to be considered for a higher management position. Even if you attempt to leave your company and go elsewhere, a new employer will want to see a history of management experience before hiring you.



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