Today’s post is a contribution by Richard McMunn of How2become.
No matter what your chosen career field is, without demonstrating leadership skills along with the rest of your talents the chances are that your career will be stagnant. Leadership skills are a must in any career path these days.
So how to you know that what you are doing in terms of leadership is working? Once you determine that, what can you do to make it even more effective?
Everyone has their own way of doing things and what works well for some people may not work for everyone. That being said, there are some key steps that everyone can take to make their leadership style advance.
1. Analyze Current Style
What are you doing right now in terms of leadership? Are you a self-starter? In order to find out exactly what works and what doesn’t, you need to analyze both your personal life and your professional one. You may be wondering what your personal life has to do with who you are at work. It actually means a great deal. If you are happy in your personal life or if you are unhappy, it will carry over into your professional life and influence the way that you think, act and make decisions in your career.
2. Find the Kinks
Do you influence and inspire the people working around you? If not, why not? Are you happy in your career, in your life? If not then you should evaluate the reasons why you are not happy. Make a list of the things in your working and living environment that either steal your fire or bring you down. Finding the source of the problem gets you half way to fixing it.
3. Set Goals
Once you have your lists of the things that are going right as well as of the things that steal your fire you need to sit down and find a way to take control and turn you into the leader that you know is inside you. You can make these changes a little at a time by setting small, short term goals. If you set a goal to reach each day, even if it is just something simple like showing an interest in the upcoming projects at work, reach that goal every day. By setting the small goals you will find the confidence as well as the strength to make larger and more long term goals both in your personal life and in your professional one.
4. Think About it
You have got to think positive. Negative thoughts bring us down, make us brood and have disastrous effects on or work and our home life. Nobody has ever accomplished anything by thinking that they could not do it. People who set goals and think positively are the ones who succeed. Yes, there will be setbacks. Yes, things will get in your way. You must think positively about these things and find a way around or over them so that you can continue to reach your goals every single day. Meeting your goals every day means that you will have to work hard and sometimes maybe even think outside of the box a bit more, but you can do it. Find the strength that you know you have inside you and just keep fighting on.
5. Live it
When you are setting goals for your professional life you should also be setting them for your personal life. If you are only striving to make a positive change at work and then you go home to a negative place then all of your hard work trying to reach your goals at work will be for nothing. Remember, negativity in your personal life will affect your attitude at work. It is imperative that in order to revamp your leadership skills you live it 24 hours a day.
If you do all of these things and make a habit of doing them then you will start to notice the changes fairly soon. People will start responding more positively to your suggestions and may even start coming to you for your ideas on this project or that one. Your professional life as well as your personal life will be happy ones when you learn how to revamp your leadership skills.
– Richard McMunn is a writer for How2become.com; a leading career and recruitment specialist for public sector careers. For the last 8 years How2become has helped numerous people prepare for and pass tough recruitment processes and assessment centers in order to secure their dream job. You can also connect with How2become on Google Plus.
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