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How to Establish Yourself as a Leader

Are you establishing yourself as a leader?

As an aspiring leader, you must do the legwork to establish yourself as such.  You may be born with certain qualities to help you become a leader, but you must put in the work to obtain that status.  How are you going to do that?  Here are a few tips for you to establish yourself as a well-respected leader to your peers:

  • Establish a unified vision among those whom you will be interacting with.  Put your team first in this vision and let everyone know you (and your team) are putting that vision above that of the individuals.
  • Build relationships. This is something you should start as soon as possible and continue as you develop throughout the leadership process.  It also helps to develop relationships outside of the work environment.  Laying the groundwork for a healthy relationship can go a long way when seeking to become a successful leader.
  • Set non-negotiables. Setting clear rules and regulations for everyone to follow is crucial when establishing yourself as a leader.  This will be how your team operates regularly as well as lay out any consequences for misbehavior or poor performance.  Holding everyone to the same standard will also have an extremely valuable unifying effect.  What are your non-negotiables?

The holiday season is upon us, which means basketball season is underway.  We have only three returning players from last year’s team, so this will be an exciting year.  Lastly, I was lucky enough to be in St. Louis last weekend for the Stan Musial Awards.  It was a wonderful experience that I will never forget.  Check out my Facebook for pictures!  Have a great day, everyone.

Life Tip #79: Learn from the past, live in the present, and prepare for the future

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