Leadership isn’t about your job title. You don't need to be the boss to be a leader.
My client says that she is impatient and compelling and does not realize her goals with her team. You don’t need to be the boss to be a leader says this article and I agree.
Here are three actions you can take to hone your leadership skills right now and become a highly respected and influential team member.
- Embrace your existing strengths. Start by asking yourself: Which tasks at work feel most energizing and natural to you? Which projects do you excel at and enjoy? What unique perspective do you bring to the table? Your strengths, identity, and interests are what set you apart. The more you understand yourself, the more you’ll be able to carry yourself with the confidence of a leader.
- Devote time to daily development. Improving your skills will help you expand your impact and influence. For example, maybe you like to develop on insights and hard data or on projecting empathy, curiosity, and compassion. Whatever it is, take note and prioritize developing those skills and projecting growth daily.
- Connect with people. Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert (or somewhere in between), you can establish the kinds of meaningful relationships that are key to connecting with your team. Commit to being vulnerable, authentic, and empathetic in your interactions with your colleagues. Dare instead of fear!
HBR: Matt Mayberry