Work Hard, Lead Better

Getting people to recognize you as the leader you are does not require the use of a Christopher Nolan-esque form of inception or any other specific technique.  To let you in on a little secret, there is no one way that is guaranteed to set you apart from the rest of your colleagues.  That may be a little disappointing, but it should come as no surprise.  Leadership is a skill and like most skills, the more you practice the better you will be.  So developing yourself as a leader is going to take some time and work.  A corky teacher I once had in high school came up with this goofy expression “YOGOWYPI” that I keep in mind when working on a new skill.  “YOGOWYPI” is in fact a wonderful phrase that stands for “you only get out what you put in”. This has turned out to be incredibly true. This philosophy serves as inspiration and motivation to keep trying new things and even experimenting to get the results I want, in this case, let’s say, leadership.e

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If you are struggling with where to begin and what to do first, here are three quick things you can focus on right now that will help you be a better leader.

Brand

You are a brand! And as a brand you have to promote yourself as a company promotes it’s own brand. I know you’re probably wondering what exactly am I talking about, but allow me to explain.  You are a brand and your business is leadership. If you want to be a leader you must present yourself as one; lead like the leader you want to be, not the leader you are and you’ll be on your way.

Mentorship

Everyone should have a mentor. Seek to learn from the best. By having a mentor you will be able to learn a lot about yourself and the field you wish to work in.  Mentors can open doors for you as well.  The tricky part is finding a mentor, but once you do you will be well on your way to becoming a leader.

Involvement

Involvement, involvement, involvement! I don’t know how many times I can say it but involvement is so vital to succeeding as a leader.  Being involved gives you the opportunity to lead and network.  Take the time to research professional organizations to join. When you join them, start of with a small role within the organization and continually work your way up.

Becoming a leader is a journey but with this information in your arsenal you’ll have no problem becoming the leader you want to be.  Just remember to give it some time, work hard and you might surprise yourself!

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