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Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 28, 2010

What it Means to be a Leader on the Job?

You don’t have to be in management to be a leader. Natural leaders are found in every workgroup and at every level in the organization. They’re the people everyone turns to when the pressure’s on. They’re the ones who help keep everyone motivated and who make sure the job gets done. Here are common work situations in which leadership skills can make a positive difference. You and your co-workers are hit with a rush job on Friday afternoon. Everyone has already started winding down for the weekend. The minute the supervisor leaves, people start complaining. What would you do? Comment: A leader would suggest that the situation isn’t so bad, that if everyone pitches in and gets organized, the job can be done quickly and everybody can get home as soon as possible. A leader would point out what needs to be done, how it can be done most efficiently, and help allocate tasks. A leader would take the hardest job and get down to work, leading by example. You’re working with a group of co-workers and a couple of guys start horsing around. Everybody is laughing and egging them on. Their behavior is escalating to the point of being dangerous. What would you do? Comment: A leader would have the courage to stand up and say something like, “Come on guys, somebody could get hurt fooling around like that. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t want it to be me.” You’re working on a project with a team of co-workers. Everyone is working hard and contributing to the group effort, except for a couple of people who aren’t pulling their weight. What would you do? Comment: A leader would be up front with the slackers. He or she would take them aside individually and tell them how important they are to the project and how much everyone counts on them. A leader would ask them to do their share and offer to help if they have a problem.

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