Whether you are working a campus job, doing a summer internship, in an entry level position, or ready to move up from middle management, learning to think like a leader will benefit you as you move through your career.
Laura Garnett shares with Inc.com 6 essential ways of thinking like a leader:
- Be Aware Of How You Make Others Feel: Trust is the key to being a good leader. Trusting your colleagues and your colleagues trusting you. Be open to their observations and be willing to ask for feedback. To grow as a leader, you need to have a good understanding of the effect you have on others.
- Embrace Innovation: Good leaders are happy with current performances, but they also know innovation is key to growth and success. Always be aware of how things are panning out around you, but also keep your eye to the future by knowing what is new in the industry and thinking creatively about new approaches to a problem.
- Be Their Support: A good leader listens and asks how to be supportive. They do not direct and move on. This is one way to build trust and respect.
- Nurture: Leadership is not about power. It is about knowing how to bring out the best in others. Encourage and mentor. The best leaders surround themselves with those who partner with them in reaching a goal.
- Acknowledge Weaknesses: Own your weaknesses and work with others to offset them. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and by working together, we can support each other successfully. A willingness to work on your weakness will also build trust and respect.
- Praise Often: Acknowledge the good work of others often. Praise will bring out the best in people. It will also keep you positive in your interactions with others.
Practice these 6 ways of thinking often, so they become a habit – one that will be a foundation for success in any career.