Act Like a Leader Before You Are One
If you want to become a leader, don't wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you're still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your potential and carve your path to the role you want.
Notes that even if you are entry level, you should not wait for the title to become a leader. If you wait to act like a leader until you become one, you more than likely won't be promoted.
This approach possesses two key assets: you are practicing leadership skills, and people will inevitable notice you for promotions as you develop the qualities of a leader.
Among the methods to practice leadership are:
- Exceed expectations in the duties you are assigned, rather than merely completing the task.
- Assist your superiors in accomplishing the goals they have defined.
- Grab leadership responsibilities, even if they seem small and unimportant.
- Make the success of your boss a priority in your daily tasks because making her look good reflects well on you.
- Search for areas of improvement within the organization that other coworkers are maybe reluctant to take on.
- Present yourself as a kind and loyal friend to coworkers, but be sure not to make your attempts superficial.
- Keep your ambitions and goals to attain leadership to yourself so that you are seen as a giver without an agenda.
- Connect with mentors who will guide you in your career path and will become positive references.
Darin's note: Along with making mentor connections, make solid friendships with your coworkers and others in the company because they are the people you will likely lead down the road. The stronger your positive network of associations, the more likely you are to advance.
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Source is Blogs.HBR.org
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