When it comes to getting a promotion, the mining industry isn't that much different to other industries. Managers, even mining management, are still looking for key attributes in those they consider 'worthy' of advancing up the ladder. So what are these qualities?
Be a problem solver. If you're the type of person who always wants to pitch in and help solve problems, it'll stand you in good stead when you want to put your hand up for a promotion. For instance, you may come up with a solution or a plan for dewatering that old disused mine shaft that doesn't put the entire local environment at risk of contamination.
Make money for the company. Businesses exist to make money, even charitable ones. An employee who consistently comes up with the goods in this regard gets noticed, and if you also have other qualities deemed desirable for promotion, you're in with an excellent chance.
Show that you can delegate and manage other people. If you want the responsibilities that come with stepping up into a management role, show that you can manage. Part of being a good manager is not being a micromanager! It also helps if you have good people skills too. If you don't, consider making a point of learning some.
Look and behave like a manager. That means dressing professionally and adopting a management mindset. Take the lead in team activities. Be the person the rest of the group looks to for leadership. Be the ideas person and show that you can implement those ideas as well.
Show you're a team player. Team players are highly sought after for management roles because companies want managers who can work well with other people. They're also looking for people who can raise the performance of other team members by helping and working with them instead of stepping all over them in their quest to climb up the ladder.
Show your commitment to the role, and to your employer. When management promotes someone, they're hoping that person will stick around for a while. Therefore, if you're one of the negative Nelly types, you probably shouldn't be too hopeful of getting a promotion. After all, if you're that unhappy working for the company, what guarantee is there you'll stick around after being promoted.
Take training opportunities when they're offered to you, particularly cross training. Cultivating your expertise and gaining wider experience of the company as a whole is an excellent way to show you're ready to embrace wider responsibilities than what your current position involves.
Don't get involved in office gossip, and office politics. If you're the office gossip, chances are you'll be overlooked for promotion every time. Gossips have a habit of ferreting out titbits of information and blowing them up out of all proportion. They also like talking about other employees, about the boss, and about anyone else who catches their eye. No one wants a gossip as part of their management team. Just for starters, they'd never be confident that what gets said in the boardroom stays in the boardroom. As managers are often privy to highly confidential information ….!
Own your projects and show that you're committed not only to producing quality work, but also to seeing it through to the end. Or at least to the point where you need to hand it over to someone else specifically trained to take it into the next phase of development. In some companies, this ability is one of the first things they look for when they're looking to promote from within. Make it obvious that you're committed to, and take a great deal of pride in, your work and that shoddy, haphazard efforts are not your style at all.
Keep calm, even in stressful situations. A good manager needs to be able to show they can keep their emotions in check even when they may be stressed. This not only helps them remain objective about situations, but is also a good role model for other employees. They meet deadlines without fuss, even the most demanding ones. If they make mistakes, and everyone does, they consider it a learning experience rather than the end of the world.
Make yourself indispensable to your boss. Prove that you can capably take on some of their responsibilities and free them up to take on other tasks. Be their go-to person when they need to delegate responsibility.
Finally, tell your boss you're interested in promotion. Too many people fail at this one because they adopt that 'wait and it will happen' attitude. However, your managers aren't mind readers, nor do they have crystal balls. They're probably not aware you're interested in promotion so tell them.
Good luck with your promotion! Oh, and it also helps to have a promotion 'goal' to guide you.