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Volume 8, Issue 9

4 Ways to Be a Leader at Work

No matter what your title, you should put in the effort to hone your leadership skills, says one career expert. Doing so might be easier than you think, and you can start by using four strategies offered by Marcelle Yeager in U.S. News & World Report:

Say "thank you."
Saying "thanks" is quick, easy and free, and by doing so, you are likely to increase loyalty exponentially, says Yeager. "Additionally, if you model this behavior, it's likely to be replicated and spread among colleagues as a shining example, which in turn will boost morale with countless employees," she writes.

Consider other perspectives.
Putting yourself in other people's shoes can make you more thoughtful in your interactions, which will improve your relationships with colleagues both above and below your level.

Get to know your people.
Learn about the backgrounds, families and interests of your staff and colleagues. This is another way to advance your relationships and show people that you care about them, adds Yeager.

Be proactive in times of need.
"Don't wait for people to ask for help or come to you in a challenging situation—simply help them when you have the opportunity and resources to do so," suggests Yeager. Don't expect anything return, and make sure you apply this practice across the board, not just to a select few people. Such selfless behavior builds loyalty and community, which will surely benefit you, too, in the long run.

This article is from the Advancement Weekly, August 28, 2017 issue.

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