If you’re planning to find a senior level position in the supply chain discipline at some point in your career, you’re going to need to prove your leadership skills. This may be somewhat difficult if none of the positions you’ve held so far have been leadership positions. However, you can still prove that you have leadership skills in order to obtain a leadership position – even if you aren’t currently in a position that demonstrates leadership qualities. The following are a few ways in which you can do this to help you find a senior level position in the supply chain discipline:
- Become a well-rounded generalist – In order to be a leader, you’ll need to take advantage of your resources as well as step outside your comfort zone. Odds are, you’ve built a very specific skill set and have become intimately familiar with your area of the supply chain discipline. However, you’re going to need to know much more about the business and how everything is integrated into the whole. Begin reading company-wide email updates and begin networking outside of your team. Look for other specialists in different areas of the business so that your knowledge becomes more well rounded.
- Own your failures – Leaders hold themselves responsible for any failures and allow their teams to own the successes. You may be used to citing your accomplishments, but you’ll never hear a leader brag about their success. Learn how to publicly acknowledge your team members for any successes and don’t put the blame on others when you experience a failure. In fact, you should volunteer to provide information about your team’s failures to upper management.
- Begin leading instead of doing – Get to know your team members’ strengths and skill sets so that you can delegate certain jobs on different projects instead of doing them yourselves. This isn’t about getting someone else to do the work – it’s about getting work done more efficiently and better.
Keep these tips in mind and be sure to contact us at Optimum SCR for more advice on advancing your career in the supply chain discipline today.
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