Learning Leadership: Standing Out from the Crowd

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“Good is about the company’s success, not your own.” – Anne Mulcahy, former Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation

Wondering why you’re not getting ahead at work? Or, if you’re just entering the workforce, how can you improve your chances of (1) getting the job you want and (2) moving up the corporate ladder? Why are you waiting for someone to put you in charge?

 

Changes often happen quite organically in the corporate world. If you sit around waiting for someone to hand you your power, you’re going to spend a lot of time sitting around. One of the secrets to getting promoted is taking on challenges without being asked—you do the work, prove yourself, and then have leverage to get a raise or promotion. The key? Leadership skills. Most of us weren’t born with them; it’s typically learned behavior. Here are some great resources for how to stand out from the crowd and motivate your team or coworkers:

 

You want to be a leader at work, learn to take responsibility for anything that has your fingerprint on it. That means, as long as you participate in the project, you have a hand at the failure of the project. Learn to take responsibility for not just the good things, but even bad ones. Admit to your mistakes – it’s okay to be wrong. You cannot learn if you have not made any mistakes.

 

A rising tide lifts all boats – always think win-win. It exists. Just because the world thinks the business world is nasty, and that you need to be manipulative and maneuvering to win, you need not participate in it. Becoming a leader at work can be a challenge. You want to be a leader but you do not carry the title. So, how do you go about positioning yourself as a leader at work?

Curated from 7 Tips For Becoming A Leader At Work | CAREEREALISM

 

Over the past 13 years working as a journalist, I’ve talked to thousands of company founders, business consultants, and leadership gurus about what it takes to lead a company. Usually, during these interviews and meetups, I’ve nodded in agreement after recognizing the successes and failures during my own corporate tenure. Looking back, I’ve decided to chronicle what I learned as a leader during this time. These tips come mostly from my own experience. If I ever had a chance to go back in time, I’d make sure to apply each one of these. What do you think? Which ones do you apply?

 

My role as a leader in business had reached a pivotal point. I was managing about 50 people in three large teams, just a couple of positions away from the CEO of a major retailer, making a nice income and eating out almost every day for lunch.

Curated from 20 Ways to Become a Better Leader Right Now | Inc.com

 

Offering to help shows your ability to think outside your own job description to consider what would benefit the team and the company most. It also shows compassion, empathy, and a readiness to help, all necessary qualities in a great leader. Take ownership of your professional development outside the office: acquire a new skill, read a relevant book, or learn more about a new industry trend. After learning something new, go a step further by offering to pass along the new knowledge to coworkers. Volunteer to host a “learning lunch hour,” or briefly cover the new information in a team meeting.

 

Professional development is important for everyone, but it shows true leadership characteristics to want to share knowledge with others because it shows a desire to strengthen the whole team. No matter what position you have, there are always creative ways to display your leadership qualities at work. Practicing any of these below will not only probably get you noticed by management, but they will strengthen the team and the company as well.

 


About the author

Kelly Love Johnson

Kelly Love Johnson is Content Strategist for Jobs2Careers. She's also a shower singer, TV watcher, pop culture junkie, and habitual smirker. She's passionate about helping people find their dream jobs and closing the wage gap. Her book, Skirt! Rules for the Workplace: An Irreverent Guide to Advancing Your Career, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2008.

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