I have always loved working and thought of it as a part of my life. Work, to me personally, is not just showing up at a job, and performing duties in a basic manner, rather I have always looked at it as an important part of my life. Of course, work-life balance is essential, but I believe incorporating work in your life in a productive manner can lead to a well-rounded life surrounded by joy and happiness.
Having worked 8 odd part-time jobs and 3 internships at corporations known worldwide I have met hundreds if not thousands of people at workplaces and here are my best tips that I personally think can turn anyone into a young leader by what I have observed at my previous workplaces.
- Being on time!
- No matter what always be on time! One thing that helped me get into the rhythm with this was to incorporate this in my life outside of work. No matter where I am invited, or I need to be I always show up 5 minutes early. It is better to be early than to be late! Practice this until it becomes a natural habit.
- Being prepared!
- Always prepare! Preparation is key. To go with the flow can take you far, but being prepared not only helps you feel confident but it shows that you are willing to go an extra mile to ensure your expectations are met!
- “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it, they will want to come back and see you do it again, and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.” — Walt Disney
- Being coachable!
- Be prepared to learn from others. Others will not only provide you and fill you with knowledge that you might be missing, but they will also appreciate you lending an ear to them!
- Always have a positive attitude amongst your peers. Never show up to work in order to get promotions or excel above others but complete your duties to the best of your ability, and perform them with the best attitude. The fruits of hard work always pay off!
These are 5 tips that I have observed in young professionals at my previous workplaces who have now become young leaders. I, myself, hope to incorporate these tips and hopefully turn them into habits at any workplace I will be fortunate enough to join!