Career Advice To Become A Better Leader
It has often been said that you cannot teach leadership; it is something people are born with. If that is a case then it really limits the individuals who should be placed in leadership roles at work. However, there is no true test to determine if one is a leader or not, so sometimes we need to work on our leadership skills in order to get the most out of our team of employees.
We are always aiming to improve as individuals both personally and professionally, so we seek advice from those who have been in our shoes (i.e., mentors). Some up-and-coming professionals might not have a mentor (yet), but luckily there are plenty of resources available. In an article for Forbes, members of the Young Entrepreneur Council shared the best piece of career advice they received and how it made them better leaders. You can read the full article here.
“The best career advice I ever learned was to stop focusing on just the vision, but to get in the trenches and focus on the small details that really make a product or service magical to the end user – one that keeps coming back.” – Andy Keruza, FenSens
In all lines of work, attention to detail is very important. Going above and beyond for your customers shows that your company cares about them, and after all, the “customer is always right.” How are you going to make your company/product stand out to customers and keep them coming back? By getting involved in all aspects of a company you will gain a better understanding of what the customer is looking for and be able to serve them better.
Don’t Take Things Personally
“By taking things personally, you’re making something about you which likely has nothing to do with you at all.” – Darrah Brustein, Network Under 40
Sometimes at work it is hard not to take things personally. Someone might be having a bad day and they happen to respond to you in a manner that makes it seem like they’re taking it out on you. Maybe you read too much into a colleague’s email brief email response or one of your employees quit unexpectedly. We’ve all been there. Although easier said than done, if you don’t take everything personally you will ultimately be happier and learn from the experience to improve in the future.
If You Hate It, Get Out
“If you hate something and don’t have any passion for it, you won’t be good at it.” – Colbey Pfund, LFNT Distribution
Life is too short to be miserable. If you have no passion for your job and absolutely dread going to work every day, chances are your job performance will reflect that. Not only will your professional life suffer, but most of the time unhappiness at work tends to influence personal matters as well. If you aren’t happy at work, make a change. We all strive for a career that doesn’t feel like “work,” in something we enjoy doing day in and day out. While it takes some longer to find something they are truly passionate about, once you do everything will get easier. There is no point in sticking it out just for the sake of doing something. In terms of leadership, if you aren’t passionate when it comes to your work, your subordinates will be able to sense this and ultimately become divided. As is the case with a sports team, if the leadership falters, the rest of the team will too.
There is a plethora of advice out there, but what better place to find it than from people in a similar position? The eight individuals who offered the best piece of advice they received have been in your shoes and are able to impart their wisdom for us to learn from their experience. Who knows, maybe one day you will be featured on this list sharing your experience for up-and-comers after you.