Some Guidelines on Being a Leader, AND We Are All Leaders!
I’ve worked in many different situations and environments. I’ve been the boss and I’ve had a boss. Here’s the thing. It doesn’t matter at which end of the spectrum you are. You are a leader.
Why I Believe We’re All Leaders
If you’re the boss, clearly you must lead. If you’re not, maybe you’re responsible for the supervision of a few people. Or, even if you don’t have a supervisory role, you have coworkers, and that means you still have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to exude leadership qualities.
I’ve made a point of leading no matter the position I’m in. I now am embarking on starting my own business, where I will be the boss. I have to credit my last work environment for giving me the extra push I needed to go out on my own.
I had a boss who was not a leader, and when I tried to assist her with leading, she subtly undermined my attempts to do so. I didn’t see it at first, but I started to feel it.
No matter the position you work, you should be able to lead in a way that is appropriate to the position, AND you should be encouraged to lead.
My firm recommendation: if you are not being encouraged to lead with the strengths and passions that you have, move on to a position where you can.
Here are leadership qualities I look for in others — no matter their role in an organization — and what I’ve learned to require of myself.
Focus on the Positive
Make sure to focus on the positive attributes and accomplishments of those whom you work with. Be sure to highlight them, and in front of other employees. It’s motivating for those who are struggling with their performance on the job.
My father once told me a story of how he managed a situation as a supervisor. He worked at a power plant for an electric company and had several employees who reported to him.
His supervisor came to him and told him that he needed to do something about all the absences that had been occurring. The supervisor tasked my father with correcting the issue.