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How To Be a Leader

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The corporate world, also called a jungle by some, can be a hostile environment where survival is a must to stay on top and in command.  These thoughts may hold true especially for the newbies; but then again, who didn’t start by being a rookie, anyway? The amount of time it takes to succeed varies greatly on how you play the corporate game. Unlike what most would think, you do not have to wait five years or so to establish command in the work place.  If you push the right buttons you can expect to succeed faster.

How To Be a Leader

Want to be a leader and stand out? Here are tips to help you get started:

1. Strategic Positioning

Have the understanding that to be a leader, you don’t need to be in a management role. Take on a pro-active attitude. If you think you have an idea that will do wonders for the company, go ahead and make a pitch and formalize your proposal. The fact that you initiated a project tells your line manager that you’re in the business of making things work better for the company, the team, and for yourself.

2. Image is Important

No matter how long you’ve been in the company, people have taken notes on how you work. They have sorted out the effective ways from the ineffective ones when it comes to your learning capacity. You may have already been given the nickname as the Best Closer in the firm. You may have a good track record and that’s great but you may still be encountering difficulties in certain areas. Remember, you are part of a seemingly endless rat race, where the need to be noticed means a great deal to get ahead of others. Think about the qualities and skills that you’re struggling on and spend time to improve on these matters. By doing so, you create a better image for yourself.

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Originally from Denver and now living in NYC, Angie has been writing since she was small. She lives in the Flatiron district with her partner Tanya and their mutt Sparky (always adopt!) In her spare time she loves to paint (mostly abstract) and talk to random people on the street to find out what's interesting to them.

14 Comments

  1. Henriett Bond

    this should be read by leaders who are lacking confidence to themselves. People won’t follow and believe you if you don’t believe in yourself. If you don’t trust yourself, why would they, right? Be brave

  2. Deanna Woods

    leadership skills are learned and practiced by intelligent people. Because they know how to handle their members and teach them to become their own leaders as well.

  3. April Henry

    This is all a great help on those who aren’t used to being a leader. This can help them gain their confidence and be an effective leader.

  4. Brett Lee

    Most leaders took credit with its members work! They are being praised by other people’s hard work and don;t give credits! 😒

  5. Kurz

    The leader has to be open minded and can accept opinions from its members. They should let each member speak up, and show their strengths and weakness so that they can work out with the things that are needed to comply

  6. We had this leader from this organization. She was kind but when the task was given, she let us alone do the work! We asked for her help and all she answered was, “I don’t know what to do with them, just search! There’s Google” like wtf! Then we manage to do the tasks and made it successfully without her. The head of the organization approached us and our leader took credit with our job! Srsly! From that day on, we left her and moved to a different group.

  7. Carrie Bleau

    Gaining respect from your members is a must on being a good leader. You have to be presentable yet approachable to them. 🙂

  8. Wilma Moore

    An effective leader should be helping its members to improve and excel in their tasks. Thes leader should be able to manage them properly and have their respect.

  9. Artur Piterson

    Not because you’re in a position of a leader, you just give tasks and let your members do the work. A true leader manages the tasks that were given and is helping its members succeed with it.

  10. Evelyn Harris

    This is true. In order to become an effective leader, you must learn to follow the rules. A person can’t be followed if the person doesn’t know how to follow.

  11. Hannah Mayers

    Being a leader is one of the ‘toughest jobs’ I know. Being looked at and criticized is always part of leadership. I believe that an effective leader is not just good at making speeches or proving to everyone that he is liked, an effective leader is defined by results not attributes.

  12. Jen Spillane

    I like the idea that you don't have to be in a typical leadership position in order to lead. Everyone has something to offer, some standout trait or ability, and you just have to find a way to work that into the position you have.

  13. Jen Garcia

    I always believed that to be a leader, you must be a follower. 

    Simple office rules like dress code should be followed by leaders (and I’m saying this because I had experienced with leaders who can’t even adhere to dress codes) too bad…

  14. This is excellent advice! I often shy away from leadership roles, but I've been working to be better about that. This article was really helpful, thank you!

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