Are you a new employee or recent college graduate dreaming of becoming a leader within your organization? Well, you’re in luck, because you have a front row seat to see how it’s done: Your boss. Chances are, your boss has been with your company for a while, knows the organization well, has great experience within the industry and weathered several workplace storms. Yes, not all bosses are good mentors, but you can learn from your not-so-great bosses, too. Here are a few key takeaways that will help you become a good leader one day:
How to Manage
As an employee, you see the direct impact of your boss’s decisions and communication, good and bad. Use this as an opportunity to learn how to manage different types of workers in different situations. Every follower is unique, and a good leader acknowledges this and will adapt in order to manage effectively. Being observant will help you pick up on different tactics, language and other tricks used to manage a variety of employees.
How to Move Up
Your boss knows a thing or two about moving up the ladder. Every company is different, so if you’re looking to move up in yours, your boss can be a good mentor. Is your boss the reliable go-to person? Is your boss flexible and can successfully wear many hats? Identify the trait that sets your boss apart and makes him/her valuable to the organization. By doing this, you will understand what your organization values and what you need to do to be successful, too.
How to Delegate
For many of us, delegating is often easier said than done, but it’s a necessary skill. Your boss probably knows a thing or two about delegating, as he/she couldn’t possibly do everything him/herself. Your boss has learned how to pick up on employees’ strengths and what tasks each of them can complete successfully. Learn how to recognize different traits among your teammates and play to their strengths, as this skill will serve you well when you become a leader.
How to Handle Mistakes
We’re all human, and we all make mistakes. Chances are, your boss has made mistakes and dealt with them successfully. He/she knows from experience that little mistakes are inevitable, and are not the end of the world. We do not like making mistakes, but it’s important you accept them as a part of life if you want to fix the situation, learn from it and move forward.
Regardless of what you think about your boss, there are plenty of lessons to be learned from him/her about leadership. It’s been said that leaders are not born, they’re made, so if you hope to be a leader in your organization, it’s time to get started!