Leadership is not about titles. Leadership doesn't necessarily imply having a position at the highest executive level within a company, or being the boss. There are any many types of leadership, and they can occur at any level in your organization. However, the essence of leadership is influence. Thus, you can lead from where you are, which requires doing more than your regular job.
You need to look beyond yourself, be open-minded, reach out to other people, extend your network, guide, and motivate people, and encourage them to visualize and achieve a greater future together. Be the kind of leader that you would like to follow. Be an exceptional role model.
Here's a simple guide to help you get to that next leadership level of influence.
1. Leadership is about others, not you
Leadership is about being of service to people, building them up, and helping them advance. You will find that leading this way makes you a more effective leader because it unlocks a core ingredient of leadership: trust. It is more satisfying to come up with ideas that help others thrive than it is to create plans for your own advancement.
Having a genuine interest in helping people and creating positive experiences in their lives is a key aspect of leadership. When people know you want to help them in their own career journeys, they will trust you.
2. Give authority to your team
You need to delegate effectively. This is not to say that you are to avoid doing work. The main task of a leader is to provide guidance and to inspire others to join in a common vision, not to make plans and then execute them all alone. Leadership is about people and for people. As a leader, it is necessary that you allow your team to manage and do the work that is involved in achieving a common goal.
Your success is not based on your executive level and your strengths. You need to give authority to your team to work independently--even if they fail to do it as well as you do the first time. With your continued guidance and inspiration, your team will soar high.
3. Connect with people
One of your top priorities as a leader is to make time to genuinely connect with people. You need to connect with people within your company or primary sphere of influence to keep in touch with the people you serve, and also across your industry to cultivate a network of relationships with other leaders. Attending conferences is a great way to meet new people and connect with them.
It is of tremendous value to make new connections as you have an opportunity to think and share your ideas with others as well as learn great and new ideas from them.