leaderIt’s natural to look to people in authority for leadership. Leadership, however, is not inherent in a title. There are many people in authority who are not leaders. Conversely there are many leaders who do not have titles and are not officially in charge.¬†A leader is someone that generates trust and respect. People turn to leaders. You cannot wait until you are in charge to become a leader. Leadership has to be practiced before you are in charge. Here are some things to do to become a leader.

  • Treat others with respect. When others feel you respect them, they respect you in return.
  • Listen. A true leader values the opinions of others, even when those opinions differ. Leaders know that by listening to others without judgment, they can learn and ¬†improve. More importantly, listening shows interest in others. People appreciate that.
  • Never stop learning. Leaders know they don’t know everything. Keep an open mind, read often, and learn from others.