48% of the workforce will be millennials by the year 2020.

83% of organizations say it is important to develop leaders at all levels.

84% of organizations anticipate a shortfall of leaders in the next 5 years.

58% of organizations top priority is closing leadership skill gaps.

71% of organizations do not feel their leaders are able to lead their organization into the future.

Source: Brandon Hall’s State of Leadership Development 2015: Time to Act is Now


5 ways to become a leader at work:

See Opportunity Everywhere: Use your unique skills and perspective to change and improve. There is always a better way to produce results. See an area in which you can improve production or efficiency? Be assertive and voice the idea! The worst thing that could be said is no thanks.

Always be ready to learn: Keep in mind, that the only thing constant in life is change. Be confident in your abilities and ready to absorb the information around you. Although it can seem overwhelming initially, take a positive proactive approach to change and it will get you far.

Provide a new aspect:  Try to approach every new venture with a fresh set of ear and eyes. Always have a “I’m here to help” attitude. Your opinion will become valued and you acquire management skills in the process. Which is a total win-win!

Communicate: Begin to really study your organization. Take the extra time to learn the culture of the group and see trends or patterns. Also, be sure to get to know your co-workers in the process. You become well known and a “go-to” for input. This is another opportunity to gain management skills. Which makes both yourself and your peers more comfortable in being vocal and assertive when necessary.

Get your superiors to mentor you:  Create a relationship with a superior who is viewed a s a leader within the organization. Find opportunities to shadow them to witness their successful tactics firsthand. Begin to emulate their successful behaviors.

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