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4 Things You Should Do to Enhance Your Leadership Skills

Lacey Grim | March 27, 2020

As baby boomers transition out of the workplace, there’s a natural increase in leadership opportunities. That means this is the perfect time to pursue your leadership goals. Begin honing your skills and traits to position yourself for greatness with these four tips:

  1. Keep learning.

To get ahead, you must establish a learning mindset. Constant learning allows innovation within the workplace. This can be done through:

  • organizational learning
  • mentorship programs
  • creativity and entrepreneurial thinking
  • building relationships with current leadership

If you are unsure of the availability of these options, talk to your manager. Chances are they have these resources available, many of which go unused. If these aren’t available, take the initiative to create or collaborate with your company on these opportunities.

  1. Identify character traits important to leadership.

Do you have a team leader or boss you look up to? What qualities do they possess that help them accomplish their goals? You should value and strive to acquire these qualities within your own career. Your leaders may have received their position based on those qualities.

Take time to understand how and why this person developed those skills. Discuss their achievements with them and ask for advice. Regarding mentorship, they could be someone you have weekly meetings with to discuss goal-setting and aspirations.

  1. Find other leadership opportunities.

Before that formalized leadership opportunity emerges, it’s important to lead from your current position. How can your manager recognize your leadership readiness if you aren’t displaying those attributes today?

Within the workplace, plenty of scenarios exist that allow you to take charge, setting yourself up for recommendations for future openings. As a young professional, you can offer to take the lead during:

  • volunteer events
  • team outings
  • party planning
  • team projects
  • meetings

Spearheading other types of opportunities not only shows initiative, but helps you gain experience needed for potential management positions. Trust me: Your employer will notice.

  1. Ask for help.

Identifying gaps within your skill set is crucial to becoming a well-rounded leader. Even the best bosses have flaws; it’s how they address them that separates the good from the great. Asking for help is something every great leader should do, disregarding doubts associated with pride or perception.

According to The Great Work Study, conducted by the O.C. Tanner Institute, “72% of people who receive awards for their work ask for advice, help, insights and opinions from people outside of their inner circle. In doing so, those workers generate fresh ideas and perspectives on how to solve problems that they otherwise wouldn’t have imagined. In essence, asking for help and advice creates better, stronger, more successful results than not asking for help.”

In other words, aspiring for greatness is admirable, but asking for help will get you there faster.

The path to leadership is coming sooner rather than later. Ensure you’re prepared to lead with passion and vigor. Hard work and self-reflection allow you to continually grow as a leader, pushing you and your organization to be the best.

About the author
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Lacey Grim
As a sales enablement marketer for Paycom, Lacey Grim supports the sales team and sales trainers by developing marketing materials to meet their goals and strategies, including email campaigns and collateral for product launches. A business administration graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Grim served as a marketing specialist for Bank of Oklahoma before joining Paycom as a recruiting marketer. With a love for a challenge, she is excited for where her Paycom career will go!