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Act Like a Leader Before You Are One

With five children between us we have been wrestling with book week dress-ups, patiently asking the question “who do you want to be?”… It is a question worth asking yourself and, if the answer is a LEADER, then read on. This week’s #articlepegged is about how to act like a leader before you are one and we think the advice in Amy Gallo’s HBR article is absolutely spot on. Read an extract below or read the full article here.


Extract:

Principles to Remember

Do:

  • Look for every opportunity to demonstrate your leadership potential, at work and outside the office

  • Support your boss in reaching her goals

  • Find people in positions you aspire to and study what makes them successful

Don’t:

  • Let your ambitions distract you from doing your current job well

  • Exert authority where you don’t have any — use influence to prove your leadership chops

  • Openly discuss your ambitions — it’s safer to take a “show, don’t tell” approach