No matter what kind of job you have or what position you are in, having leadership skills can help you perform your job to the best of your abilities. It can enhance the way you communicate with your co-workers, clients and customers, and can display to your boss that you are capable of working in higher positions.
Leadership is not just about having authority. It is also about handling things in a manner that “non-leaders” would never think to handle it. When you are the leader, you are the bigger person, so you must act as if you are the bigger person. It’s about taking the high ground and making wise choices, therefore getting the most work done more efficiently.
1.Volunteer. Don’t just sit around and wait until someone asks for your help, ask them if they need help. Do this with customer and co-workers. (But never help them anyways if they say they don’t need you. You will become a nuisance.) And to further sharpen your skills, you can do volunteer work outside of your job. This increases your people skills.
2. Never back down from a challenge. Most non-leaders back down at the first sight of trouble. Don’t be intimidated by problem. Just keep calm and take advantage of all the resources available to you, including help from the manager and other co-workers in order to solve the issue at hand. This increases your problem solving skills.
3. Stay organized. Get yourself an organizer so you can keep track of important dates and events and record your list of things to do. Also, keep your office area clean and organized. Have folders and containers for papers and small items-which create the most clutter.
4. Take notes mentally and on paper. When a customer is speaking to you, be 100% present and pay close attention to what is being said. You can make mental note of it or jot some notes down on paper. I once had a boss that made me write small summaries on what took place at work while he was away. This made me pay close attention to what was going on, not to mention it made me work harder because I wanted to leave a positive report. Notes help keep everyone on track-you, your co-workers, and your boss.
5. Remain passionate. Mix hard work with ambition and you’re unstoppable. Stay passionate about what you are doing and find fulfillment in making a difference in people’s lives. Also stay goal oriented. Never lose sight of what you want in life/what you’re working for. This helps me stay focused all the time. Write down your goals if you want and read them as often as you need to so you can be reminded of your desires.
I have never met a good leader that didn’t do these things or something of the like. Each tip will greatly enhance your leadership skills, so you will feel much more comfortable at work. You may even find that you are ready to pursue leadership positions as well. Good luck!