To get their feet wet in a management position without changing jobs or titles, mentoring newer or less experienced team members is one way to test a management candidate's leadership skills. "Providing guidance to these individuals instead of taking the reins shows a great deal of restraint and perhaps the making of a good leader," says Reed.
Project management opportunities are another area where the candidate can get a sampling of what a managerial role will entail. "These short-term leadership roles are a good time to gauge a potential managers' ability to delegate -- perhaps even despite their desire to take on certain tasks themselves - as well as act as a guide to employees working on the task. You will also get a sense of their ability to communicate effectively and become a resource to team members, "says Reed.
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