If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines watching others take the lead, it’s time to get off the bench and show the team what you’re made of. To become an outstanding leader, you don’t need decades of work experience or a slew of impressive credentials to your name — you just have to believe in yourself. People are drawn to those who are confident in their skills, abilities and convictions, so put yourself out there and watch your star rise.
Use these tips to start positioning yourself as a workplace leader.
Make Self-Improvement a Constant Priority
The best leaders know there is no such thing as perfection. Constantly search for ways to enhance your performance, allowing you to become increasingly more efficient, so you can maximize your contribution to the group. This will definitely require you to leave your comfort zone, but leadership is all about innovation and pushing forward into territories that have yet to be explored.
Find Solutions to Problems
Leaders understand that things don’t always go as planned in business. Instead of placing the blame on others and relying on everyone else to find answers, they roll up their sleeves and pitch in. Pointing out errors is easy — anyone can do it. If you want to earn the respect of your peers, you need to get your hands dirty by jumping in and finding solutions to even the most complex problems.
Give Credit Where it is Deserved
It’s cliché but true — there’s no “I” in team. If you want to be a leader, you have to focus on the team as a whole. When a colleague has an impressive accomplishment, congratulate them. If someone contributes to an achievement on your end, be sure to highlight their efforts and thank them for their great work. People admire those who are secure enough to celebrate the successes of their peers without feeling threatened. This shows you’re a confident person who genuinely wants the team to succeed.
Check back next month for part two of the series, where you’ll learn three more tips to catapult yourself to leader status.