You don’t have to sit in a power seat to be a leader at work. By choosing to step up and step out, you benefit your organization, other individuals, and yourself. It’s a triple win. This article shows you exactly how to do it.
- Find out what people need and want.
Get to know the folks in your environment: their core values, background, credentials, and world view. Observe their communications styles, preferences, stress triggers, and interests. Ask how they envision their professional future.
- Identify what YOU can offer.
Assess your natural talents and skills through the lens of helping others get more of what they say they want. Demonstrate your value so people can see it. Provide essential resources that make a difference.
- Make everybody’s life easier.
When you notice a colleague’s overwhelm, offer to take a few tasks off her plate. If your supervisor wrestles with a problem, come up with two solutions. Prevent people from making serious mistakes, and point out the hidden opportunity in breakdowns or change.
- View and treat others as allies.
Picture those in your work world as partners instead of competitors or enemies waiting to see you fail. Show folks that you believe in them, care about them, and trust them. Be slow to write off those who irritate you. Make an effort to understand people on a deeper level.
- Express concern for their challenges.
Today, the majority of folks are up to their ears with worries, responsibilities, and fears. Show a little empathy for others’ frustrations and circumstances. What you know about may be only the tip of the iceberg in other people’s lives.
- Develop and nurture effective relationships.
You can’t put a price tag on human capital. High functioning, open, collaborative relationships are like ingots of gold. Go out of your way to make meaningful connections with associates. Create bonds and repair damage as quickly as possible. Your goal is not intimacy but rather common ground that allows you to move your organization and your career forward.
- Ask plenty of questions.
Relevant, artful, challenging questions are one hallmark of an emerging or seasoned leader. Set yourself apart from the crowd. Stop accepting things at face value. Learn to probe to influence the direction of dialogues, work flow, and project outcomes.
If you truly desire to make a remarkable difference at work, then don’t let indolence, ignorance, or apathy stop you. You can do much more than you think.
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