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Do you feel like there just isn’t room for growth in your current job and your organization lacks in the resource department to help develop your skills? Does this make you want to start searching for new employment? This doesn’t have to be the case!
Even though you feel like your organization needs to improve on their professional development resources, that shouldn’t be a reason for you to leave if you like where you are. Just because they don’t offer any actual training or programs to help develop your leadership skills doesn’t mean you can’t work on them yourself.
Whether you are in IT or Administration, leadership skills are essential for any position. You don’t have to be in a management position in order to show you have leadership skills. Take action! Don’t just sit back and wait for that promotion to come to you, show them what you’re made of!
Here are a few ways you can enhance your leadership skills and help create opportunities for growth in your career.
1. Know your co-workers
One of the most important things about being a leader is knowing who you are working with – their strengths, weakness and how they work with one another. I know some people don’t like small talk, but that’s one way to show that you care. Ask them how their weekend was, can you help them out with anything, how are the kids doing (or their dogs!). Doesn’t always have to be about work!
One of the easiest ways to fit in this small chit chat is over lunch. Make the effort to take a lunch break and sit with your co-workers. If you are having a super busy day (which we all know can happen) do a walk-by just to say hi.
Remember, it’s the small things that mean the most.
2. Be a team player
Yes, it is important to get your work done, but if there is someone down, the whole team is down. It’s important to work together to ensure the team can reach its maximum potential. When a teammate has a penalty in a hockey game, for example, they are playing “short”. That means the rest of the players have to work extra hard to make sure that the other team doesn’t score. They all work together to get the job done.
If you see someone struggling to keep up, doesn’t matter what title they have, ask them what you can do to make things easier. Never leave a teammate behind!
3. Go above and beyond
Take that one extra step every time! Take pride not only in your work but in your organization. If you notice something, like the copier machine needs to be replaced, let the right person know. Maybe even create a comparison list of three copiers you think would be good to replace it with.
Not only does this make you look good, it shows that you care, that you are looking long term and want to better the office. Whether it’s something big or small, that doesn’t matter. You are showing initiative, taking action and in turn proving that you are a self-starter.
4. Take on more responsibilities
If you don’t feel like you are being challenged enough, looking for a new job isn’t always the answer. Talk with your team leaders; tell them that you are ready to take on more, bigger tasks. It might look like there is nothing for you, but you won’t know until you ask!
Go into the meeting with a positive attitude and an idea or two. Maybe suggest that you could lead the next team meeting or create a proper manual for new hires, even train/mentor them. If you are prepared they will know you mean business and think to themselves, “Hey this is someone we want around!”
Some of this might be out of your comfort zone, but it’s good practice. Becoming an effective leader is not an overnight transition, it takes work and determination, but if you really want something, it’s never far out of reach.