A traditional mindset might have you believing that you need a fancy title to be considered a leader in your company. This couldn’t be further from the truth. A plaque on a door or a corner office does not automatically make you a leader: actions and mindset do.
Whether you want to move up the corporate ladder to achieve that official title or just want to show what kind of leader you can truly be in your current role, keep these tips in mind. Your hard work will pay off in the long run.
- Take the time to really listen to people. – Listening is such a simple leadership skill, but not many people are active about it. After all, there is a distinct difference between simply hearing what someone is saying and actively listening. Listening requires full concentration on what the other person is saying so that you not only comprehend what he or she is trying to get across, but are also prepared to actively respond with something meaningful. Anyone can say “I’m sorry,” “I hope it goes well,” or some other trivial response. It takes a leader to actively listen.
- Make clear communication a goal. – It can be difficult to get a point across sometimes, but leaders should make it a goal to be able to communicate with clarity at all costs. There is nothing more difficult for an employee or coworker than receiving an email or having a discussion with no direct call to action. Make sure that your communication skills are up to par with the leadership role that you would like to take on.
- Be proactive instead of waiting on a directive. – Rather than waiting for someone to tell you what to do, find a problem and solve it yourself. Do leaders sit around and wait for someone to give orders? They identify issues, take on the responsibility themselves, or work with the necessary team members required to get the job done - just like you should be doing.
- Be a team player. - A leader should not be sitting in a comfy leather chair overlooking his or her minions doing their bidding. They should be down in the trenches helping other employees and empowering their work. Whether it’s helping to solve a problem, passing along skills learned from a similar situation, or just being an empowering or reassuring person for the team, a leader works to help others grow.
- Make learning a priority. – Whether you have been with a company for 10 weeks or 10 years, chances are that there is something new for you to learn within your company. A real leader understands that he or she is not the know-it-all expert of every job within a business, and takes the time to learn new things whenever possible.
If you are ready to take on a leadership role within your own company or want to excel in your current position as a leader, remember these tips. They are simple, but a memorable way to make you the go-to person at your company.
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