But, don’t overdo it—no one likes intrusive bosses. Keep calm. Professionals never show their emotions. You have to stay focused, and if you feel overwhelmed, it is better to take a walk or even stay and work from home. Your colleagues, partners, and even your managers make mistakes; nevertheless you can never allow yourself to correct them in anger.
Pursue your passions. Although it is a bit clichéd, it is true that you will never become a leader if you are heading in the wrong direction in your career. Being young allows us to try and understand what is interesting yet beneficial for us. Use your time well. Listen and observe.
If you were promoted to become a manager of a marketing department, you have to know specifics of the work and each employee. It is you who must take responsibility for each task, and not your coworkers. Your main aim as a leader is to set an example; so for instance, if you want them to be at work on time, you should be punctual yourself.
Your desk should be clean and your orders should be easy to understand. You should know the plan for each day and every week. Be fair. Although it is an obvious statement, many leaders and managers tend to pick their favorites. Even if you are close friends with someone on your team, it doesn’t give you the right to be totally permissive to them while throwing most of the work to others.
Earning respect is easy—all you have to do is conduct yourself in an ethical way and model what you expect from the others on your team. Show them you know where you are going, and that you are not only telling your team what to do, but also marching in step.
“Millions saw the apple fall, but only Newton asked why.” Curiosity is one of the main traits of a good leader. Stay passionate, curious, and committed to learning something new. Be sympathetic. Although you have to be tough, you should also understand that we are all human beings, and sometimes it won’t hurt you to cut some slack to those that are going through a rough time, such as a painful break-up or loss of a relative.
You have some time to build a wonderful career, and remember to have fun and enjoy the moment you are living in. While it is important to be focused on your career, your private life shouldn’t suffer. Don’t put labels on people. If you want to be an effective leader, you will have to lose the practice of assigning labels to others and especially to yourself.
Who knows when your role may be revoked, especially if you work for someone else, or become drunk on the power of leadership (How to Improve Leadership Skills in the Workplace). Your title is not your identity. Be confident, but don’t be confident because of your label. Understand yourself. Try to do everything to notice the impact you have on others.
At the end of the day, remember that you are young, with a lot of time ahead. Work hard, stay curious, and remember that great leaders don’t tell you what to do—they show you how it’s done. Paula Green is a marketing specialist. She works as an independent contributor at College Writers.
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