Are You Management Material?


Think you have what it takes to move into a management role? Here's what 400 higher-ups told us they look for in potential leaders.

Not all creative professionals aspire to management positions. But for many, assuming leadership responsibilities is the next logical step on their career path. And, despite what you may think, it takes more than just paying your dues to work your way up, according to new research by The Creative Group.

When we asked advertising and marketing executives to name the most important factor they consider when promoting professionals to supervisory positions, more than half (53 percent) said they look for employees with strong motivational or leadership skills. Here's a look at some of the other qualities they look for (notice that tenure is at the bottom of the list):




Ready to Lead? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

You may have what it takes to be an effective manager, but do you really want to be the boss? Many people think they want to supervise others but find themselves unhappy in the process.

Ask yourself these five questions to determine if a leadership position is right for you:

  1. Can you motivate others? Great leadership relies on a clear vision of the future as well as the ability to inspire others toward your organization's goals.
  2. Are you a good listener? An effective manager can convey complex information clearly and, more important, listen intently to feedback from employees and follow through with appropriate action.
  3. Do you like to take risks? The most successful leaders share a willingness to turn established business practices on their heads and foster a culture of smart risk-taking. A passion to innovate and advance the company overrides their fear of failure.
  4. Will you take the blame? Sometimes the act of striving toward business goals means you will fail – and be held accountable. The best bosses can bounce back and turn a setback into a learning experience.
  5. Are you comfortable stepping away from day-to-day activities? The most successful leaders know they can't handle all of the team's key projects themselves. They delegate authority to employees, giving them the power to do what's needed to accomplish their assigned tasks without being micromanaged.

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