I would consider myself an experienced professional who has worked in various settings, acquiring transferable skills along the way; however, I’ve never actually transitioned into management/supervisory roles. It’s not that I don’t possess the taste buds to step into such rolls, I’ve just never received the opportunity to work as a manager or supervisor for any particular job I’ve worked in the past. I realized, that leadership titles don’t dictate workplace habits, but more so, determines pay and actual responsibilities. Anyone, regardless of title, can be a leader, but not everyone will shine like one.
You may be like me, operating in a non-leadership role, yet have the necessary qualities to master a role with leadership capacity. I’m a firm believer that your ability to be a leader without the title has amazing effects in the workplace, and can get you the type of attention from upper management, especially if you have your eyes set on a promotion of some sort. So here are some quick and easy tips on how to do just that; shining like a leader as a team-member.
Be Dependable and Reliable:
It’s always a good look to be someone your manager or leader can count on in the workplace. I’m not asking you to take on the responsibilities of your superiors; rather, to be available and accessible when they may need your help, to stand in the gap when another team-member is absent, or needs assistance.
Be Punctual and Considerate Of Others’ Time
This should be self-explanatory. However, you would be surprised how many team members abuse even the most laxed workplace policies. Where they will come to work habitually late and/or be the first to leave at the end of the day. Leaving your manager and team members hanging on a regular basis creates unprofitable footprints for…guess who? You! Happens, of course, but people who shine like leaders as team-members are able to manage through the obstacle courses of life almost effortlessly.
Be Friendly and Approachable
I’ve worked in places where I had awful and extremely cantankerous coworkers. Maybe you have as well. They make the workday harder than it needs to be. Think about the most difficult coworker you ever worked with and strive to be the complete opposite. You will be someone your manager and coworkers rave about, and more than likely, you’ll have their full support when another opportunity greets you.
Keep Complaints at a Minimum and Look for Ways to Be a Solution
We all complain about something from time to time. It’s normal human behavior. If we experience or see something we don’t like, we complain. Although, one of my biggest pet peeves, is hearing someone complain about something they can potentially fix or something for which they have the capacity to find a solution. I recommend you be the person who aims toward being a solution whenever you’re faced with a problem. I heard someone say one time, “If you see a problem, chances are, you are the solution.” Don’t pass the buck to someone else, take that buck and spend it by becoming an answer to a question in the workplace.
Although, I’ve never been a manager or supervisor, I do recall a few times where my name was mentioned or passed along to higher management for different roles outside of what I was currently doing. My point is, you don’t have to be a manager or supervisor to consider yourself a leader. Leaders shine because of traceable habits that are commendable, not simple titles or roles.