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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.

4 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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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