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Leadership in the workplace

How to define a true leader in the workplace

We’ve been conditioned to think that leadership at work can only be attained through a position of power. The truth is, real leadership can come from anywhere. It’s not your job title that allows for great leadership – it’s the commitment to creating positive change in yourself and in others. 

No matter what walk of life you come from or where you sit in the company, you can always develop and improve leadership skills.

Improving leadership in the workplace


What does your company stand for?  

A true leader has a deep understanding of the company’s mission and embodies the core values set forth. While this may not seem that important, you may be surprised how rare it is to find an employee who can verbalize the goals and beliefs of the organization they work for. 

Employees often look out for themselves and potentially their immediate coworkers; they certainly don’t have the greater interests of the company’s values at heart. But when an employee keeps the cultural mainstays of the company at the forefront of all they do, they are in a better position to influence others. This is often where leadership begins – not in an executive office, but out in the bullpen or in the field. 

Core values are a critical component of a company’s ability to grow and thrive. Without them, you have nothing to bind your workers together and no greater goal you’re united to work toward. Without core values, your leaders – and potential leaders – will be rudderless, focusing on daily operations instead of elevating their staff and themselves. 

How to be a leader at work

Leadership begins on an individual level. Before asking for a promotion or looking at management opportunities, look at yourself. Do you display the skills and traits necessary in a good leader? If not, are you willing to put the time and effort into developing them?

How to be a good leader at work


Emotional fitness

Extraordinary leaders bring certainty into uncertain environments. That doesn’t mean that you have all the answers, but you do have the inner conviction that you can find the answer and move forward. The key to emotional fitness is being ready for anything. When you bring creativity, humor and curiosity to stressful situations, others will naturally turn to you when things become difficult or chaotic.

Ready to grow

True leaders understand their own capabilities and limitations, and use this insight to consistently challenge themselves to grow. You view criticism and setbacks not as catastrophic roadblocks, but as a way to improve yourself and your situation. You’re constantly honing your skills and developing new ones. When you are constantly striving to better yourself, you will be able to give and become more than you ever thought possible, defying the odds, setting a new standard and stepping up to create the future you want.


A true leader is a great facilitator. Those in executive positions can often intimidate colleagues with their title and power. Do you encourage others to speak up? Do you publicly recognize them when they do an excellent job? You look for greatness in your colleagues and are pleased to listen to what they have to say rather than offer your opinion over and over again. If you disagree with them, you discuss it in a constructive way. Because a true leader understands that when people are rewarded for progress and honored consistently, their drive to become better increases as well.


Leadership in the workplace requires resourcefulness. This doesn’t mean doing more with less. It’s partially about delegation, and realizing that your colleagues have more potential than you may have thought before.

How to become a leader at work

Becoming a leader brings rich rewards and challenges. Not everyone is suited for leadership, but those who are always find a way. If you’re not sure where to begin, there is plenty you can do to shift your career toward leadership.

  • Take the lead role on a project, account or team
  • Enroll in leadership training through your company or a class
  • Let your higher-ups know you’d like to move in that direction

Why become a leader at work?

Leadership is a heavy hat to wear, but it can benefit you in remarkable ways. When a group of people look up to you – whether you’re a leader in an official capacity or not – your confidence is bound to surge. Instead of grinding along waiting for each day to end, you’ll extract greater results from the same hours or minutes, cut through the clutter of to-dos and focus on how to get real results. 

When you think about how to be a good leader at work, things like limited resources are no longer an obstacle. Where others see roadblocks and setbacks, you see opportunities for innovation and self-realization – for yourself and those who follow you.


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