“Who sees himself as a manager of this company?” Half of the hands are raised. If I change to director, fewer hands are raised… and when I say CEO…there are only one or two hands raised.
If I ask: do you know what you need to be in your boss’s position? Nobody answers.
The truth is that the vast majority would like to be the boss but for some reason they are afraid to do it. Everyone wants true leaders; a better work environment but none dares to make the change.
If you are one of those people who have the desire but don’t know how to do it, here are some tips.
First, nobody is born being a leader. So remove all your fears and insecurities. You can start doing little things that over time will make you stand out from others, such as:
a) Do the right thing: I know, I’m asking you to go to the hard way but it’s essential if you want to stand out. So many excuses…so many exceptions…favoritisms…everything is part of not doing what it should be. If you want fair conditions you need to be fair!
b) Do what you say: this will give you credibility and trust with everyone else. Everybody wants a consistent person especially if that person is the leader. Guide by example.
c) Speak up: I’ve met so many people with great ideas…but sadly they keep those ideas for themselves. If you don’t speak nobody will know what you think, how you can contribute to the company. Speak-up… be open to feedback… and shape that idea. It could be the solution of that recurrent problem…
d) Accept when you are mistaken: if being consistent gives you credibility, wait to see what happens when you recognize your mistakes. By doing so, it shows that you are a human being, like everyone else, but that you have the courage, the security to admit it.
e) Generate relationships: no matter if the person is from another area, a supplier, a client, listen to them. You’ll be surprised of how much you can learn with a conversation. Also, you never know when life can change…so, be humble.
f) Always continue learning: many people think that the only way to do it is by attending courses, workshops…no! If due to the budget you can’t attend one, do some research. There are so many useful things for free on Internet that the only thing you need is time to do it. You can also approach others and ask them what you need. A leader shares knowledge, while a boss blocks it.
Companies need leaders…countries, too. If you don’t believe me, read the news. There is a huge opportunity for capable, professional people. That kind of people that can make a difference in leadership, in corporate governance…so, what is holding you back?