In any workplace, the relationships between team members are the key to business success. Most organise themselves with a management structure involving leadership by those higher up the career ladder. If you are aspiring to career progression, developing your leadership qualities may be a fundamental skill that distinguishes you for promotion. While many are content to remain part of the team, those who are natural leaders will be keen to shoulder more responsibility, take control of the project, and come up with creative solutions for success. If you are hoping to take your career to the next level, it is worth considering the characteristics that define a leader from a follower, and whether you can cultivate them in yourself. At CareerWise, we are experts in all things career-related. Here is our guide to the differences between leaders and followers.
A great leader is organised, disciplined, focused and determined. However, I believe the best leaders are those who have a combination of these skills plus certain characteristics: they must also be calm, humble, respectful and compassionate. They can see the big picture rather than seeing things on a small scale. They take the time to listen to their team’s concerns. By taking on board the struggles of their team as well as their own, they both motivate and command loyalty from their teams.
Good leaders don’t bully others and are willing to combine all of the ideas of those in their care, to achieve the overall objective.
Leaders work hard to ensure that those around them are satisfied and cared for. They are unselfish and are willing to put others interests ahead of their own. A leader is a person who is constantly evolving and embraces meaningful input from others. They push teamwork rather than individual achievements in order to achieve the overall target.
Next time you are presented with a challenge at work, take a moment to consider. Why are you shying away from it? If you are keen to progress, you need to demonstrate that you are committed, creative, and up for a challenge. To become a leader, you need to take a dedicated approach to your work, taking control of your projects and being the person who drives them over the finish line. If you don’t feel that you are being presented with enough to challenge you, don’t be afraid to request further tasks. Make it clear that you are a leader, and before you know it, you will find yourself promoted to a leadership position.
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Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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