A Deloitte Insights survey found that 86% of respondents said developing new leaders was an essential or urgent need. The majority of companies would instead train their employees to be able to take on higher-level positions than hire outsiders.
Leadership training is an excellent way for you to increase your confidence and to gain the skills and knowledge that will make you a more effective leader. These strategic actions will show you are ready and competent to assume a leadership role.
1. Add value to your table
When you applied for your job, the interviewer probably asked you the question, “What are you bringing to the table?” This question was probably asked by you while still applying for your job. You likely answered it by listing all of your achievements, skills, and experiences. You’ll need more if you want to be promoted.
This means that you should only take on work you are competent at and can complete. You should go above and beyond what is expected of you if you have a list of daily tasks.
If you work in retail, for example, don’t aim to make the minimum sales each day. You should work to increase sales and provide better customer service. You will show your boss that you are willing to take on more responsibilities by going beyond the norm.
2. Resolve a significant or recurring problem
All leaders must have the ability to solve problems. This highly valued skill can be demonstrated by solving a significant problem or one that seems to never go away at work.
Spend some time studying the processes and the overall office. Learn what can cause delays in operations, customer dissatisfaction, and discontent among co-workers.
Research is key to recommending solutions or strategies that are supported by research. These solutions may be feasible if you work with your manager, HR team, or a business owner.
You must be proactive and accept the changes once they are implemented.
3. Take ownership of your work
Humility is another quality people value in leaders. It is also something you should possess. But you must also be proud of your contribution to success.
Accept and thank others, especially your boss, who may praise you for your achievements. Recognize the efforts of your team members if you were the leader in a project’s success. But, make sure to acknowledge the importance of your role in the realization.
4. Give credit generously to those who are deserving
If you are not the one who took on the project, recognize and praise your fellow teammates. This is an essential element of building and maintaining great teamwork. Your boss will notice that you appreciate the contributions of others and show that you value their work.
Employees want recognition from their bosses to be inspired. Even if your boss is not yet there, recognize your coworkers’ efforts. They (and your superiors) will be grateful for your recognition.
5. Encourage others
It’s a great way to show respect and admiration for your coworkers by acknowledging their hard work. You can also motivate them to do better and perform at a higher level.
You can also inspire others by setting an example. Share your tips for how to overcome burnout with colleagues if they are suffering. If you have ever experienced this, please share your story and the steps you took to overcome it.
Encourage your coworkers to join you for group coaching sessions if they are interested in becoming better employees or aspiring to higher positions. These programs will benefit all of you. This is a great way to show others that you care about their success and welfare. It will also encourage them to work harder.
6. Learn how to listen
It is highly valued to listen to someone with an open mind. It is crucial to maintaining and building quality relationships.
You can create a culture that inspires passion and teamwork by listening with an open ear. This is a sign that you are a leader. These are the traits employers and managers value in their next leaders.
7. The big picture
You can become a leader and employee by developing the ability to think and see big. This is the ability to see the larger vision and lead with a clear mind without being distracted by the details of work.
You will be able to think big and act proactively rather than reactively. Your boss will recognize that you have this ability and you are ready to take on a leadership role. This trait is extremely helpful in managing people and time and turning challenges into opportunities.
8. Your voice can be defined, strengthened, and enriched.
In today’s corporate world, building your personal brand is a keyword. This is what job-seekers should be focusing on.
Your brand voice will be a vital asset. Others will see you as a leader by hearing your voice and standing out in the crowd. You can also show leadership potential by sticking to your convictions.
If you are looking to be a leader, it is okay to go all out. Achieving a higher level of leadership is something worth striving for. It’s rewarding in many ways and a sign you are on the right path to tremendous success.