Make It Your Business to Be a Leader

Jul 26, 2016 by

Do you have what it takes to be a leader in the business world?

Fortunately, many men and women can answer that question with a confident yes. Others, however, may either shrug their shoulders or even be forthright and say they do not.

If you fall in that latter group, will you do anything to change that outlook?

When you stop and think about it, most people will get one or more good opportunities during their careers to showcase whether or not they have leadership skills.

Those taking advantage of that opportunity could see their careers skyrocket. On the other hand, those not grabbing the chance while they have it may look back and regret that one day.

So, do you want to make it your business to be a leader?

Organization and Confidence

For starters, being a leader means being organized.

Sure, you may walk into the CEO’s office or another man or woman in a leadership role, see a desk that looks like a bomb hit it, and then ask yourself, this person is a leader?

Steering clear of cluttered desks or otherwise what appear to be unorganized individuals, true leaders have that organizational leadership feeling about them, a feeling that even though things may look a mess, they have everything under control.

So, how can you become a leader (albeit avoiding an unorganized desk along the way) and make your climb up the corporate ladder?

First, be confident in yourself and your abilities.

As anyone who has ever attended a business meeting can tell you, it can be a little intimidating at first sitting around with other co-workers, not to mention those in charge of the company.

Should you offer your opinion? When is the best or worst time to talk? Will you look foolish if one of your ideas to better the company is rebuked? These are but a few of the issues that can prevent employees from speaking up.

To negate that problem, always feel confident in your abilities as a public speaker, even if that speaking is just in front of a handful of co-workers.

Remember, there is a reason in the first place that your present company hired you. Obviously, one or more people saw something in you (something you may not have even noticed yourself) to bring you on. Take that confidence they have in you and run with it.

 

Watch and Learn

Another key to becoming a solid leader over time is watching those leading you now.

As mentioned a moment ago, you likely will sit in on your share of meetings, but what will you truly take away from them?

The key is to be a good listener (along with watching), picking up tidbits here and there, tidbits that will help you one day as you get an opportunity to lead.

In some cases, you’re better off to just sit back and take everything in. In doing so, you oftentimes will learn more than if you are asking too many questions or even just questioning everyone and everything.

Also make it a point to see how leaders in your company treat their employees.

Sure, there are those who feel like being demonstrative at times is the way to go. Others, meantime, will take a more laid back approach, one that demonstrates a calm confidence, especially when things get tough.

One thing that all leaders must understand when running a business, not all employees are the same.

Sure, it sounds simple enough, but you have to know how to manage various personalities, almost making like you are a psychologist at times. If you try and lump all employees into one boat, you are ultimately going to have issues on your hand, issues that can derail your company and its goals.

With all of that in mind, do you still want to be a leader at some point in your career?

Yes, it can sound a little intimidating at times, but you likely know in your heart whether or not you are cut out to be a leader.

If you are, there are many doors waiting to open for you.

Make it your business to be a leader.

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