How to Become a Leader in the Workplace

Posted: May, 28, 2013 | Categories: Workplace Tips & Professionalism

How to Become a Leader in the Workplace

There are many benefits associated with stepping up at work and being recognized as a leader. Here is a step-by-step guide that can help take you from where you currently are at work to where you want to be.

Step Forward and Make Your Presence Known

It can be easy to become obscure in the workplace. In order to stand out and become recognized, you need to start looking for opportunities to make yourself seen and appreciated. You can do this by finding and seizing any opportunities there may be to take on projects no one else wants. If possible, ask others to help you tackle these projects and provide them with guidance and support as the project is being completed. When you take the initiative to work on projects no one else wishes to work on, you're showing that you have a strong work ethic, which is what good leaders possess.

Sign Up for Additional Training or Education

Take the time to identify a few opportunities for on-the-job improvement and then take action. By finding ways to increase your skill set like taking courses or attending seminars and conferences, you are demonstrating that you're a go-getter and someone who is always reaching for new heights.

Become an Active Listener

A strong leader is a person who knows how to listen and understand what others are saying. An active listener hears not only the words another person is speaking but more importantly, tries to understand the complete message being sent. Show others that you care about their opinions by not allowing yourself to be distracted when being spoken to. Focus on maintaining your interest and on grasping what people are trying to make you understand.

Be Honest and Clear when Communicating

A great leader is a person who has the ability to communicate across all levels. People revere leaders who communicate honestly with them in a language they understand. Be real, speak openly and always focus on communicating in a clear, concise way.

Motivate Others

Strong leaders know how to effectively motivate others. You can't force someone to become motivated but you can encourage them and find that spark that will drive them to motivation. To be a good motivator you need self-confidence, vision and the ability to communicate well. You also need to listen to what others have to say and study their actions to discover what drives them into action. When you are able to ignite passion in others to do their jobs well, you're showing that you have valuable leadership skills.

Be a Problem Solver

A great leader is able to solve problems and work-place conflicts without upsetting the entire environment. When you see conflicts arise, don't ignore them but rather find
solutions to the problems without pointing fingers. Stay focused on the facts when resolving problems and don't make assumptions or personal comments. These are a few actions you can take to position yourself as a leader. Don't be afraid to take risks or to seize opportunities that clearly show you have what it takes to become an effective and very good leader.

By JoAnne Williams
Founder, President and CEO

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