For most people, leadership is an encouraged personal quality. While being a line leader is great, showing ambition in the work place is an excellent way to boost your credibility among your coworkers and your boss! Regardless of whether or not you’re trying to take the next step towards a fancy new title, developing your leadership skills is bound to bring you closer to your professional goals. Check out our best techniques to amp up your office game!
Don’t Be Shy, Show Initiative!
People often think expertise is dependent on longevity, but being a rookie might serve as your greatest asset in making a name for yourself! It’s never too early to show enthusiasm about what you do. Stepping up to the challenge is far more unexpected from a newbie than an old pro. An appetite to learn and achieve is always admirable (but make sure you’re not overstepping your boundaries!).
Taking on a project that everyone else is backing away from is an instant path to brownie points from your boss. This can be applied to social situations too. Invite someone new to your Wednesday afternoon coffee run or get to know the people you work with. You might find that your work is much more enjoyable that way! Just like your mom told you about cleaning your room, doing something without being asked is often more meaningful than dragging your feet.
Motivate Your Coworkers
Leaving a note on a coworker’s computer telling them how impressive their presentation was may seem insignificant, but come on…who doesn’t like being recognized for a job well done? If you know it’s a tough week for everyone in the office, counteract it with positivity! A friendly face is always welcome in a stressful environment, so why not take advantage of something as simple as a good attitude?
Brush Up On Your Industry
Learning doesn’t stop when you graduate. An ever-burning sense of curiosity goes a long way, not only in developing one’s career, but also as a person. Take time to research! Know the tools that are critical to your industry and how to use them. Stay on top of trends, and be a resource for those around you!
Stay Sophisticated & Professional
We hate to break it to you, but if you’re working full-time, chances are you’ve emerged into adulthood. That being said, it’s probably time to abandon the childish habits (like gossiping) you once clung to. While it’s easy to fall into old routines (especially if everyone else is doing them), holding standards for your office convos is a great way to differentiate yourself.
The last thing we would recommend can be boiled down to one word: kindness. When mistakes happen (and they will happen), the people who are truly caring and compassionate will stand above the rest — Every. Single. Time.
The great thing about leadership is that you can always learn new skills to mold yourself into the true leader you are. If you have any other leadership tips, make sure to tell us all about it! While you’re at it, give us a follow on Bloglovin’ to stay up to date on all of our posts!