By Kibet Tobias
Recently, a good friend of mine shared how God placed her in a place where she worked with people she didn’t like very much. When an opportunity arose, she applied for a promotion with an aim of moving away from those people. Unfortunately, she was not selected for the job and so she became very angry.
She says that God kept her in the same position so as to teach her how to start loving coworkers she didn’t like. She started looking for ways to build relationships with her unlikable colleagues.
She could invite each one of them for lunch, once a week. Through this, she realized that these people had their own problems and she learned to be caring and most of them could run to her for help in times of need. She was able to emotionally connect with others. Three months later, she got the promotion she wanted. She became a better leader.
Maybe you have also faced a similar situation. You are stuck in the same position and have no idea what to do to become a better college? You don’t know how to make others like you so as you can position yourself as a leader.
In this article, find out the 4 proven ways you can become the best person you want to be at work.
1. Be willing to help others when in need
You may never be a better leader if you are not willing to step up and help your team to solve a problem. When you help someone, you are able to grow and become more productive.
Your team will also achieve its goals through your efforts. Next time you see someone struggling to fix a problem, offer to help them out. By doing this, you will develop strong relationships that will portray your leadership skills.
Remember, people will reciprocate goodness with goodness. During your difficult times, the people you helped will also be there fo you.
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2. Accept and correct your mistakes
A lot has been said about making mistakes. Do you always own your faults or do you push the blame to a team member because you don’t want to be victimized?
We all make mistakes and you shouldn’t be afraid to be seen as imperfect. So if you want to become a great leader who is admired, learn to be accountable.
You don’t want to be someone who points fingers at others or try to cover up your mess.
3. Improve your communication skills
If you want to be a great leader, you have to be able to motivate others, instruct and discipline them through excellent communication skills.
Are you able to listen to others actively? When it comes to listening, many people struggle with it yet it is the most important element of communication. If you feel your communication skills need to be worked on, it is time to seek help.
You can attend public speaking training to revamp your skills and I am sure you will greatly improve.
4. Stop complaining
We all have something to complain about. Sometimes you complain because you think your work is not appreciated, or no one else understands your stress and the overwhelming workload.
Then there are times you feel you are overworked and underpaid. Whatever it is, approach your boss or supervisor and let them know what you are going through. Most likely they will help you.
Instead of complaining, you should try finding solutions because if you don’t, you will not be able to move forward.
In the end, the position you are in now does not actually matter. You can still successfully become a great leader by taking leadership training classes.
Tobias is a Content Writer at Career Point Kenya. Got any leadership related queries? Email them to email@example.com or leave a comment below.