Setting Yourself Apart from Your Coworkers | Becoming a Leader in the Office

Most new employees aren’t typically thought of as leaders in the workplace.  They occupy a low spot in the office hierarchy and many are too shy and insecure to exercise the qualities needed in a leadership role.  However, with the right attitude and a little effort, any Athens, GA professional can set themselves apart from coworkers and become a recognized leader in the workplace.

5 Leadership Tips to Consider

  1. Own your work.
    Many employees fail to advance up the ladder because they fail to take responsibility for their work.  However, everyone is human and make mistakes.  If you’re working on a project and something goes wrong, own up to the mistake, take the blame, and move on.  Being able to admit your mistakes and learn from them is a leadership quality that will set you apart from your coworkers that are always pointing fingers elsewhere.  Offer to help out on projects other than those that have been assigned to you as well.  The more responsibility you take on (without overloading yourself), the quicker your managers will see your ability to handle projects successfully and be a leader.
  2. Be positive.
    You want to set yourself apart from your coworkers, but not in a negative way.  Therefore, it’s important to avoid the complaining sessions and stay out of the rumor mill.  People in a workplace tend to gravitate towards team members that have a positive energy.  You’ll gain respect from your coworkers, as well as your managers.  The power of positive can greatly influence those around you.

  3. Try new things.
    All great leaders take risks, even if it means they might fail.  Being able to step outside your comfort zone and try new things are qualities of a leader.  If you notice a process isn’t working correctly and have an idea of how you can improve it, don’t be afraid to speak up.  Even though your idea may not be fool proof, the worst that can happen is you’ll revert back to the process that’s currently in place. Managers take notice of employees that want to be proactive and try new things to improve the business.
  4. Ask for feedback.
    Many employees shy away from feedback and take criticism to heart.  Instead be open to (and even go as far as to ask for) constructive feedback.  Even though it may be hard to accept negative feedback from others, their suggestions and ideas are important to your career growth. Feedback allows you to identify weaknesses and come up with a better plan. Regular feedback will give you the fuel you need for new ideas and perspective.
  5. Give 120 percent effort.
    Being a leader doesn’t mean showing up on time everyday and doing only what’s required.  In order to stand out as a leader, you have to be willing to show up early, work hard, and stay late. You have to put in the extra hours required to reach your full potential.  Pour out your thoughts and ideas.  Give every project your all. The more ideas you put in, the more input and recognition you’ll get back.  You have to show others that you’re there to succeed.

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