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10step to becoming a successful young leader at work

Source | World Economic Forum

Young people should not be afraid to embrace leadership roles, according to career experts.

Forbes argues that young people who are observant, have the right attitude and are keen to learn should put themselves forward for leadership roles.

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Source: Forbes

These 10 tips, based on insights from educational psychologist Dr Katharine Brooks and career advice authors Alexandra Levit, Al Coleman and Ryan Kohnen, aim to help young people prepare for leadership in the workplace.

  1. Prepare before you enter the workforce

By volunteering in local social or non-profit organisations, you can gain early exposure to leadership roles and build up confidence in your ability to handle challenges in the workplace.

  1. Seek the advice of others

There’s nothing wrong with embracing the leadership resources that are available to you. Whether this is reading leadership books or taking professional development courses, absorbing the knowledge of others is a positive step in the right direction.

  1. Understand the culture of your workplace

Use your eyes and ears to see how other staff members act. Understand how they communicate, how they deal with others and what their expectations are – especially your boss. What is their style? Pick this up, and adapt your own way of working.

  1. Be keen to learn

Just because you’re no longer in full-time education, doesn’t mean you should abandon your desire to learn. Absorb new information, and don’t judge situations or make assumptions without the right information. Most of all, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

  1. Identify areas where you can provide a different insight

Remember that you may have a different view of the world and a different field of knowledge to others. If, for example, you’re more tuned in to the latest developments in social media than your colleagues, don’t be afraid to show this. Equally, if you think you can improve the way something is done, come up with an idea, and have the confidence to suggest it.

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