How To Be a Leader Within Your Current Role

Posted on February 13, 2017

Every day I work hard to scale my business, captain the ship, and empower my team. With a low budget for hiring and uneven cash flow, I’ve built my team by hiring young people who are hungry, passionate, and ready to get their hands dirty. As we continue to grow, it’s imperative that my team become leaders within their own roles. I push them to take ownership, solve problems, and collaborate to achieve success for themselves and for the company.

Regardless of your role within a company, you can be a leader and show your boss that you have leadership skills. For starters, instead of announcing the problems, announce the solution. Young employees tend to approach their teams/boss with problems rather than solutions. If you catch yourself talking about a problem, challenge yourself to propose a solution. You don’t have to propose the right solution, you aren’t going to know how to do this at the beginning of your career, but showing your co-workers that you are solution-oriented and trying to fix the issue is key.

When part of a team, remember, you are only as strong as your weakest team member. Instead of complaining about different employees in the office, go out of your way to work with them after hours to help them out. Work with your team rather than against them.

Communicate your workload to your team/boss. Make sure they know what you are working on and tell them your plan of action. I love when my employees say things like, “I’m going to work on project X until X time today. My goal is to finish the project by X time tomorrow.” I like to know that they are aware of what they need to do, have a plan for the day, and have a goal in mind as to when they’d like to finish their task.

Collaborate with your team. Be an active part of brainstorm session and think outside of your paycheck. We all have our own roles and responsibilities but it’s always nice to help out your co-workers and contribute new ideas to different parts of the business. Show your team that they can rely on you, regardless of the question or task at hand.

Show your team you are reliable and consistent. When push comes to shove, do you get it done? Do you meet your deadlines? Do you go above and beyond for your team?

For more information on how to be a leader within your role, read Welcome to the Real World.