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When you have identified a team member you would like to promote into a leadership position, you should begin helping them transition. Rather than simply promoting the individual, it’s far better to gradually prepare them to move from team member to leader through a series of opportunities. The following suggestions will help you create a more gradual transition in addition to helping you determine if the individual really possess the qualities of a goods leader.


Give Them More Responsibility

When you recognize someone with leadership potential, you’ll want to see how they perform under less supervision first. Giving them more autonomy in their regular tasks can help. You can do this by encouraging them to make decisions for themselves and to only come to you when they can’t solve the problem themselves. Even when they do come to you with a problem, discuss the issue with them to see how they think it should be handled.


Assign Them Temporary Leadership Positions

If you have a special project coming up, you’ll have an opportunity to give your potential leader some leadership experience. You can assign them to lead the team responsible for taking on the project to see how they perform in that role. Remind them that they can come to you with questions and concerns, but encourage them to lead the team according to their own style and insights.


Assign a Mentor

Many businesses are initiating mentorship programs at all levels in their organizations, and there’s no reason you can’t start a similar program. You can use a mentorship program to help new leaders adjust to the changes in their responsibilities. Having a mentor to turn to for advice and insight will help young leaders in your organization tackle challenges with less confusion. While they will still make their own decisions in leading their teams, they will have mentors to help them avoid common mistakes.


By going through a process of training your candidate to lead your team, you’ll ensure they will be better prepared for their new role. As they take on a more permanent leadership position, they will have these past experiences to draw upon in helping them adjust. This type of training period will ensure your new leader will transition more smoothly.