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“It used to be a bit of a joke,” recalls one executive. “They said I couldn’t hold a job because I changed positions every two years. But I think they were all building blocks.”


As a mechanical engineering graduate, he had the foundational skills to solve problems, but as he coursed through assignments, he added an ability to lead and work across experience regimes to his toolbox.


Corporations are not looking for one-trick ponies, he added. “I’m not saying don’t develop deep expertise, but get some breadth to those experiences.”


You’re probably thinking that’s all very well for the technical track, but what about management? What do you specialize in for leadership? How do you develop that as you go through career milestones? How will you know when you're ready?


5 Important Tips You Need to Know 1. Raise your hand.


2. Take on projects and assignments that give you the opportunity to lead.


3. Seek professional development opportunities where you can learn how to lead, how to talk to people, and how to communicate.


4. Understand the landscape and what it takes to be a leader.


5. Don’t think it comes innately. Leaders are not born. They’re made.


Lastly, leverage your boss. Bosses are your best press agents and oftentimes the individuals that could really be a great resource.


“In my 12 years, I’ve had 14 bosses,” shared one manager. “I’ve learned the good, the bad, and the ugly from them. The best leaders are those able to be on the team and know how to collaborate across the organization.”


At the end of the day, it’s all about the network, leveraging your management chain, and expressing your interest. So go shadow people you admire, and find out how they got where they are. What are their roles? What do they do? Learn about the opportunities out there, put your hats in various rings, and get ready to soar.


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