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Most, if not all, aspire to be promoted and eventually become leaders and managers of the company or business they are connected with. However, only few people get to realize that dream. Only a number have learned how to advance in their respective professions in order to be a leader.

 If you want your dream of becoming a chief executive, managing director, or even president of your organization to become reality, read on and follow the tips below:

 Set Goals

 When we don’t know where we are going, we often use maps or Global Positioning Systems to guide us where we need to go. The same is true with our professional life. We need objectives and goals to help guide us to where we want to be in the future. If you don’t have goals and aspirations, you will just be content to float around and go wherever the wind takes you.

 To help you visualize where you want to be in the next five or ten years, you have to make a personal mission statement. A mission statement is necessary in helping you focus on what and where you want to be in the next few years. 

 Never stagnate

 Employees who have become so comfortable with what they are doing and earning are usually the ones who aren’t selected to become leaders. You need to develop and grow. In order for your superiors to notice you, you need to show that you are ready for change and take on new challenges. 

You can develop your skills and personality through seminars and workshops. Be sure to sign up for personality development, time management and other courses that will help you improve the way you are doing your job. You should also try to master new skills that you think will be relevant in your target position in the future. For instance, you could enroll in an Advanced Microsoft Excel class to help you do your job well.

 Be proactive

 Leaders aren’t content with performing what is expected of them. If you want to advance in your profession, you have to be proactive and exceed the expectations of your superiors. No one will notice your work if your work is mediocre. However, if you go the extra mile and consistently excel in what you do, your bosses will start to notice you and will start to trust you with more challenging responsibilities.