Before taking up any job, we always study the organization in question. Checking out where current employees started and where they are now, and how long this took are just a few of the easiest ways of figuring this out. Nobody wants to take up a job without growth potential, and look forward to challenging themselves. Setting yourself apart from the get go is essential in garnering the positive attention and appreciation needed.
Climbing the ladder involves the implementation of a set of methods. Aside from the obvious hard work and dedication, it involves being the employee your peers look up to. Your supervisors tend to take notice when you play the role of the “fixer” that your co workers respect and go to for assistance, or advice. No success is the result of a singular person’s efforts, hence being open to critique and following it shows an open mind, which carries onto being an essential characteristic for any aspiring leader.
As you get promoted and now lead your former peers, you are placed in a tough spot. Maintaining professional relations, and not allowing people to capitalize on your friendship is the key to building and maintaining boundaries in an office environment. Stay ahead of the curve and ensure effective communication with your employees, as well as within them. While it’s easy to criticize, train yourself into a strength spotter, a scientifically proven way of improving team engagement and productivity.
While managing people requires taking control, be careful not to micromanage. An effective leader knows how to delegate responsibility, and allows workers to complete it in the way they find most effective. While they have to provide a clear map, they must also allow their employees to voice their opinions properly. While having high expectations, allow your workers to push themselves to their potential, a good leader must also realize they are humans first, and prone to mistakes. Confronting your own mistakes, as well as your employees, with constructive criticism and solutions teaches your employees to be mindful, and helps practical learning.
Destroy the myth that a good leader is born. Developing these qualities is what enables an effective and revered boss to be made.