Regardless of where you’ve been pegged in a leadership role right now, there will be a point when you’ll have to lead a team and expected to hit the ground running. Maybe you already lead an initiative, or have been asked to lead a project out of the blue. Whatever the case, you’re probably wondering how you can boost your leadership skills on the fly.
Here are some easy tips:
1. Exceed expectations
Always deliver superior performance. Every time. You should be known as someone who possesses high potential to not just meet expectations, but exceed them.
This alone demonstrates your desire to move into top leadership roles. It shows an interest in broadening your perspective across the business, and a strong commitment to developing yourself and others. In addition, a track record of performance over several years improves your chances at top leadership positions.
All great leaders love to inspire others to take action through collaboration. So, building and cultivating follower-ship is key to your future leadership potential.
Naturally, people will follow a inspiring leader because they want to be motivated. So learn what makes people tick as well as what qualities they respect (here are a few ideas), then begin to cultivate those traits.
Be aware of the unique impact you make in your organisation and how others perceive you? If you want a leadership position in your future, you should.
Emerging leaders must possess a bold self-awareness. Understand your strengths, weaknesses, and where you can make an impact. And then, be brave enough to make that impact.”
4. Be strategic
To thrive in an accelerated career or leadership ladder, you must strive to think more strategically. Boldly question the status quo and seek to add value to the organization, no matter what role you are in.
Instead of reacting to problems, be at the forefront of determining the root cause and get solutions.
5. Establish relationships with leaders
As an aspiring or growing leader, learn to network with others in your line of work. By developing a network of impressive mentors, you’ll be building a network of powerful business leaders.
Start by establishing relationships with leaders who can mentor and guide you. When you meet a person you admire, ask if he or she would be open to answering some career-related questions. If it goes well, ask if he or she would be willing to meet on a regular basis. If you get a yes—you’ve got a new mentor.
We can’t wait to get a feedback! Tell us which of these tips worked for you.