Chances are, there are a few great leaders on your team that aren’t yet in managerial positions. Some of them may already take on the role of a manager without claiming the title, while others may show subtle signs that they’ve got what it takes to lead. Few signs show that you ready to become a

They change their vocabulary from “mine” to “ours.”

Going from being an employee to a manager occurs when team members hit a tipping point. It’s normally a point when they begin to understand a manager’s point of view. Look for subtle changes in a team member’s conduct. This may be a simple choice of words. An employee may use the term I, mine or me. Those ready to assume a management role may choose words like ours, we or us.

They have the right attitude

An employee who merely clocks in at the job to get the paycheck is not manager quality. For them, the job is a means to an end (money), and not an enjoyable challenge that they want to succeed at.

Any employee might swear up and down that, for a bigger manager’s salary, they’ll do the job, but the reality is there’s an attitude that needs to be present at the get-go. Their attitude in the small things will be the same as their attitude in the big things.

They like to learn

A manager is always learning, whether it’s new technology, trends, or trade secrets. Employees that have a thirst to learn at every chance they get have a natural inclination in the right direction.

They help other team members rather than hinder them

This is almost an inborn trait that you’ll notice from the very first day that a given employee is hired. They’re willing to take a shift when another employee needs to leave early, willing to go the extra mile and stay late to help the team finish the project without grumbling or whining about their after-work plans, and most important: they’ll always have the answer to any question they’re asked or will relentlessly seek out someone or some way to find it; regardless if they have to put their own to-do list on

They always look for solutions instead of problems

A good manager knows how to “spot” problems and immediately start seeking out solutions. This is a glass half full, glass half empty scenario because the employee who sits around complaining about all the insurmountable obstacles that lay in front of them are always going to be “looking” for problems and will have a hard time getting their head around to finding an actual solution to them because of this. The non-solution-finding types are also typically infectious to other team members and can destroy morale – in addition to your profits!

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