How to Show You Have Leadership Skills

how to show you have leadership skillsIt’s performance review time for many organizations. Towards the end of a year or the beginning of a new year, many companies will hold these reviews for their employees. They look back on what each one worked on and accomplished over the last year.

On this episode, we’re discussing performance reviews from a different perspective than we have before. A listener asked how she, as an individual contributor, could demonstrate and document leadership skills to her supervisors during her performance review.

First, you must understand what leadership really is. Don’t overcomplicate it.

Leadership is about stepping up, raising your hand, and giving your opinion. It is doing whatever is necessary to make things better in your organization. Leaders take on responsibility and don’t back down from hard things.

You have to demonstrate this leadership ability to your supervisors clearly. They’re busy, so they might not notice when you do something great.

Don’t be afraid of self-promotion. If you don’t tell people something, they just won’t know. So make sure you get noticed.

Go to your supervisor and tell them of your aspirations. If you’ve gotten involved and done great work, make sure they know about it. They’ll either tell you what you need to do to get where you want to go or will remember you when a promotion opportunity arises.

If they’re not helping you advance, consider leaving. Go someplace where they will help you get what you want.

To learn more about how to get your supervisors to notice your performance at work, listen in to the rest of this episode.