Wally Bock Answers Your
Supervisory Leadership Question
I'm not in a leadership position now.
How do I learn to be a leader?
Leadership is an apprentice trade. You learn most of it on the job. So it makes sense to get started in your first job.
Leaders are people who show initiative. Get started by accepting special assignments that build both your skills and visibility.
Leaders help change happen. Make suggestions for ways to improve things. Develop the art of doing good analysis and then presenting recommendations in ways that the people who can act on them will act on them.
Leaders get results from groups. Most companies offer numerous temporary project jobs where you can develop your skills as the person in charge of a group.
Leaders seek out honest appraisal and use it to improve their performance. Find mentors and friends who will give you the feedback that will help you develop critical leadership skills. Critique your own performance.
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