Anyone can become a leader, but it doesn’t happen overnight. Some people jump right in to leadership positions, while others like to take baby steps. For those of you who can jump right in to leadership positions, see our blog post “Tips for Leading Others.” For those who prefer baby steps, here are a few starting points:
- Make eye contact and get people involved. It sounds easy, but it can be difficult to remember when you’re in the moment. Take a good look at each person and gauge how they’re responding to you. To keep people involved, ask a lot of questions or have them imagine themselves in the situations that you’re discussing.
- Stay calm and composed. Whether you’re talking to clients or coworkers, it can be easy to get flustered, nervous or frustrated. No matter what your emotions are inside, you have to remain cool and collected on the outside. Take deep breaths and be aware of your body language. Sit or stand up straight, speak with confidence and take time to think through responses before you blurt things out.
- Learn from your mistakes. Many people dwell on their mistakes or beat themselves up over failures. Remember that everyone makes mistakes and that you can always turn failures into valuable lessons. Leaders accept the failure and move on. Some people have to consciously remind themselves to keep their heads up, while others bounce back without thinking about it. Being mindful of your reaction to failure can help you turn negative thinking into positive thinking.
- Always focus on your goals. Write your goals down and put them some place where you can see them every day. Try to accomplish small goals to help you get to your larger goals. Once you’ve accomplished one goal, start working toward your next one.
To get more tips on becoming a leader, register for the Albright Challenge! The Albright Challenge is a great program that can help you achieve your goals, reach your potential, take charge of your future, and become a leader.