Some people are “born to be leaders,” others feel that they have to play a more active role in developing their leadership abilities. Regardless of where you fall, there are several points you should consider when establishing your position as a leader in the workplace.
Identify your leader.
We all need role models. Seek out a mentor at work who can offer you helpful insights about navigating office politics and conflicts. You may also find a mentor through a professional networking group or volunteer organization. Leadership coaches, like our friends at Roving Coach or Authentic Leadership International will also aid your leadership development.
There is a delicate balance between displaying confidence and coming across as arrogant. Show your confidence by expressing enthusiasm for a new project in your department. If your manager presents a project that you are interested in, specifically tell him or her how you could contribute and why you should be selected to take it on.
Developing your role as a leader takes time – be patient and persistent. Check back later this week for more tips on becoming an inspiring leader.
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