Have you mastered your job? Are you an expert in your subject matter? Do you work independently, show initiative, and take charge of projects?
If so, you’re on your way to becoming an effective leader, according to Dave Ulrich, Norm Smallwood, and Kate Sweetman, who outline the “core rules” of leadership in their recent book, The Leadership Code. But perhaps only halfway: there are four stages of leadership development, the authors say, and the questions above define stage two. (You passed stage one long ago, when you were still learning your role in the company and depended on others for mentorship and guidance.)
Learn what stages three and four entail and how you can take your leadership abilities to the next level.