Many of us want to lead at some point in our careers. We want to be the big boss who makes the tough decisions and calls the shots. We believe that we can do a better job than the current crop of leaders in our respective workplaces. We even find ourselves reenacting leadership dilemmas in our own imagination. Unfortunately, our current junior working positions come nowhere close the possibility of being entangled in any major leadership decision within the company…
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We’re basically the lower class populous
I know it sucks. To have the personality of a king but be given the responsibility of a common peasant, hypothetically speaking of course.
- Meanwhile, some boss acts like they know better, despite the fact that they keep making the same leadership mistakes over and over again.
- Unfortunately, that’s how social class warfare works – the poorly informed voter is forced to choose between two terrible leaders maintained by the status quo for their own agenda.
- And just like the poor voter, we’ll have to tolerate the situation in order to get by.
- In any case, your superior won’t take an attempted coup kindly.
Are we doomed then?
Well, that depends on whether you know how to use the rocks thrown at you to build a house. You may find yourself experiencing hardships in the workplace due to bad leadership, but look at it this way:
- Sometimes when we pray for strength, we get trouble to bolster our strength.
- So, maybe your hardships are a wake-up call that you need to polish up your leadership skills in a junior working position.
Pause for a moment and think of a superhero that saves the planet but doesn’t take the credit. In this case, you’re the superhero that takes the backseat as the boss takes all the credit. But you’re not set to lose because your leadership skills are polished.
1. Remember, hard work outshines talent popularity
Leadership is not politics. Many politicians tend to toy around with astronomical promises to keep the public aloof:
- A leader, however, strives to ensure that their promises to the people are delivered.
- In this case, you’re outperforming your boss’ orders to such a point that the boss feels powerless without your expertise.
- After all, what leadership is better other than to lead a leader?
2. Seek impeccability in your own eyes
A warrior may be the best of them all, but that doesn’t stop them from aiming higher:
- This self-impeccability strategy makes you become more disciplined and determined because mediocrity is systematically eliminated from your career.
- It no longer becomes a question of seeking mentorship but instead being a mentor to oneself.
- Thus, you’ll believe in yourself and a junior position won’t undermine your untapped leadership potential.
3. Own it!
Impeccability alone won’t work unless you own the title of a leader. Confidence cannot be emphasized enough:
- There are emergency situations in the workplace that will need urgent leadership – will you stand in the gap and get the job done?
- Are you self-driven or do you need constant guidance from your superiors?
- And when was the last time you did something for the boss in advance of its request?
- These are the kind of situations that call for you to own it.
- Otherwise, if you don’t own it, you won’t make that much of a difference.
- I mean, if there’s no difference made, it means that we’re still in square one, right?
It is one thing to lead, but it’s another to be led. Eventually, it is the humble that are elevated as the proud and lofty are eventually humbled. Therefore, as much as you desire to lead, don’t let it get to your head. Otherwise, you will be humbled even before flapping your wings.