We all start at the bottom of the long chain of authority in a company. Our ultimate goal is to reach the higher top of the management if not the topmost. But without acquiring, developing, and showing your leadership skills, you can never expect to move up the long chain steadily. However, there are not enough resources available in a company to help its employees develop the essential leadership skills through training.
But there are a lot of different ways to develop the leadership skills in any organization you work in. One has to be clear that leadership is not equivalent to being the boss and carrying such a title. It is all about stepping up in every opportunity you get and be the person that everyone looks up to and aspires to be. The following is an indicative list of how to develop leadership qualities in your workplace smoothly.
Get Acquainted With The Team –
Although this might seem like a simple and basic point, but let me assure you most Leaders miss out on this one! The first thing a leader needs to do is to know the team members through and through. This means he should know the strengths, the weakness, the mindset and various such vital parameters. This is possible when you have regular conversations with everyone on your team. You should not ask these questions directly as that will be too straightforward and annoying as people will start to ignore you for your interrogative and bossy approach.
Take your time and smoothly develop a friendship with everyone you can. Extract the information cleverly and learn what makes him or her happy in the workplace. Do not stick to one person only. You should use your free time like lunch wisely in interacting with co-workers. If you are an introvert, you have to come out of your shell and take this as a challenge. Soon you will feel confident enough to start a conversation with anyone.
Help Out The Co-Worker –
Helping others out makes the bond strong and naturally, he or she will take your command in the future. When there is a chance to help someone out, take the opportunity instantly. Even when there is not, you should make the opportunity. If you are free and see someone working late and feeling stressed, you should go over and help them out in whatever way you can. This is a perfect team player mentality and this will enhance your skill of working together. Helping others out and giving them guidance, you can earn their trust and loyalty. Getting some appreciation will also boost your confidence. Jut remember, as a Leader you just don’t help but ‘Empower’ them!!!
Take The Minor Leadership Responsibilities –
Getting to know others and helping others out will make you a superior team player. But to be a leader, you have to show them your skills. There are always some minor leadership responsibilities available in any company that no one likes to volunteer. It can be as simple as showing the new employees how to use certain machines or how to set up and get started. It can be organizing a small celebration party or a surprise event for your boss along with the team. In fact, it can be as big as leading a team meeting. No matter how small or big the responsibility is and what your current position is, you should be willing to lead. This actually shows that you are ‘involved even at the grass root level!’
Get More Responsibilities –
Sometimes, the opportunities to lead may not come at all. That is when you have to ask the higher-ups to give certain responsibilities to you so that you can grow. You can go to your boss and present your case in a positive tone. It can be giving a presentation to the clients, leading a team meeting, monitoring new employees, and likewise. Rather than leaving a company, you should always ask first. Most of the time, the lack of conversation with the higher-ups is the reason why you never grow in the company you are. Showing initiatives here, gives the perception that ‘You are ready to take u things head on!’
Standing Tall Above All –
People will only consider you as a potential leader when you show them what you have. You need to be the most enthusiastic person in your group. Lack of urgency and enthusiasm never make a leader. Always be an optimist because everyone hates a pessimist. The job of a leader is to motivate and refill the positive energy. Therefore, your personality, conversation, and gesture should radiate positivity.
Another reason why others will consider you superior is your creativity. If you can do anything and everything creatively, everyone will aspire to be you. It can be explaining things in a creative way, developing something in the easiest way and such similar things. Moreover, you need to be flexible to changes and cooperate with everyone smoothly.
Unless you take the initiative to grow and develop the leading qualities one should have to be a future leader, nothing will come your way. Take your introvert shell off, start the conversations, shoulder the responsibilities and ask for more and make sure you deliver every single time.
The bottom line ‘You must believe in yourself and know you are capable to Live a full potential LIFE!’