Companies are always on the lookout for the next generation of leaders and influencers. To ensure the long-term success of a business, employees need to be trained and fit to be future leaders who can evolve and grow the business in the right direction. According to Deloitte’s 2014 Millennial Survey, 75% of the global workforce will be millennials by 2025. If you’re a millennial or just looking to advance your career, it’s time to take the lead. Here are four ways you can set yourself up to become a future leader:
1. Exceed expectations
The first step to setting yourself apart as a leader is delivering beyond expectations. Every task you take on at work, aim to do better than what is expected. By continuously showing your team and your superiors that you are capable of producing high-quality results, you will be recognized as someone with high potential for leadership. People who have a strong track record of good performance over time are more likely to be trusted with more responsibility.
2. Build followers
A good leader is able to motivate others to work harder, and more importantly, inspire people to work together to achieve a goal. If you already have the ability to get people together to accomplish a task or take action, then you are already on the right step to becoming a leader. Cultivate people who follow you and look up to you, and when you do step into that leadership role, you will already have a group of people that will help you deliver results as a leader.
3. Be self aware
Self awareness is beneficial in all aspects of life – from friendships to relationships to building a career. Understanding who you are, where your strengths lie, and what your weaknesses are is key to understanding how you can improve and what impact you are capable of making. Emerging leaders who are self-aware also know when to ask for help. Thus, if you’re looking to position yourself as a leader, make sure you start developing the self-awareness that is required to succeed.
4. Improve the business
You don’t have to be a leader to think strategically about how to improve the business. A person with good leadership potential has the foresight to think strategically about how things can be done better in the organization. It might be something long the lines of improving a certain business process or contributing to a more positive corporate culture.
Ask yourself on a regular basis how you can make things easier for the management, for your colleagues, and for your customers. These are questions leaders are constantly thinking about – if you can show your ability to take on these questions and find solutions to problems for the company, then you’re on the right path.