Become a manager without experience

Written on: 11 April 2019

Written by: Bethany Lowdon



You don’t always need to have experience in a management position to land your first management role. Even without experience as a manager, you can still display knowledge, expertise and the ability to motivate and lead a team. If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, but don’t technically have management experience, there are a few things you can do to help senior managers see your potential.

Motivate others

Demonstrate your ability to motivate colleagues. Celebrate everyone’s success even when it’s not your own. Getting behind your team and encouraging them to work to the best of their ability, will show that you can direct a team towards a common goal.

Show ambition

Show your ambition for professional development. Let senior members of staff know that you are looking to progress in your role. By showing that you aspire to grow in the business, opportunities to actively take on more responsibility will arise.

Utilise transferable skills

Even without experience in a management role, you most likely already possess transferable skills that apply in a leadership position. If you have great communication skills, you will be able to converse effectively with others to communicate ideas and delegate tasks. If you have good time management skills, you will be able to confidently lead a team to meet deadlines.

Use your knowledge and expertise

Showcasing your expertise and knowledge in a particular area will emphasise your seniority in the team. If you are looking for a management role, you most likely already have extensive industry experience. Sharing this knowledge with the team will be beneficial as it will allow them to develop their own skills.

Be a team player

When managing a team, it is important that you are an active team player. Everyone should be working towards the same goal and objectives.  Having a positive attitude will improve morale and contribute to the overall working environment. Being able to communicate, engage and uplift team members will show that you are a team player and can effectively lead a team success.

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