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Leadership is a Role
It's not a position
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
~ Dalai Lama
Leadership is about influencing other people. And everyone can be influential, even if they are in an entry-level position. Find ways to be a good influence.
Improve morale with a positive attitude
Share knowledge or skills with others
Build teams by including others
Run a good idea by your supervisor or peer
Act as a “big sibling” to that new summer intern and show them the ropes
Suggest ways to make processes more effective, efficient, or fun
Compliment other people and express gratitude: for work (“Thanks for getting that to me so quickly!”) and for other things (“Cool shirt!”)
Request more responsibility or skills development (“Can I take this course to learn this new software? I think it would be useful on these projects.”)
We can all have influence on others. Even the worst screw-up can serve as a cautionary tale. Be mindful of your influence and focus your efforts in areas where you can maximize your positive impact on the team, the clients, the firm, etc., as well as everyone in our lives with whom we interact.