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Ways to be seen11as a leader at work
(Even if it’s not in your title.)
EARN RESPECT FOR A
BIG WIN, EARLY ON.
1
Starting out at a
new company?
1
Starting out at a
new company?
Demonstrate your ability to
make things happen.
1
Starting out at a
new company?
Demonstrate your ability to
make things happen.
Give yourself 3 weeks to get comfortable with
the lay of the land, then identify a simple -
but valuable - problem or pain point you can
address that’ll benefit your team.
1
ASSOCIATE YOURSELF
WITH A CHANGEMAKER.
2
Quick: take a look around.
2
Quick: take a look around.
Whose opinion matters most?
2
Quick: take a look around.
Whose opinion matters most?
Identify the power-players who are integral to change in your workplace. Then,
build a relationship: support their success by offering to help out on a project
they’re heading up, or solve a problem they’re facing.
2
MASTER THE ART OF
PSYCHOLOGICAL PRIMING
3
People forget
the things you
say, but they’ll
always remember
the way you made
them feel.
3
People forget
the things you
say, but they’ll
always remember
the way you made
them feel.
The 3 most powerful
emotions you can conjure up
during interactions with your team?
3
People forget
the things you
say, but they’ll
always remember
the way you made
them feel.
The 3 most powerful
emotions you can conjure up
during interactions with your team?
Happiness, power, and aspiration.
3
Ready to prime your colleagues
to perceive you as a leader?
3
Ready to prime your colleagues
to perceive you as a leader?
Try one of these 3 simple psychological priming exercises:
3
3
1 When you need to
put a positive spin on a
sticky situation: get
your listener “primed”
for happiness by asking
about a highlight
from their weekend.
3
1 When you need to
put a positive spin on a
sticky situation: get
your listener “primed”
for happiness by asking
about a highlight
from their weekend.
2 If you’re looking to
foster a greater sense
accountability in your
team: start the
conversation by recalling
an instance in which
your colleague/s felt
powerful - a recent
presentation, an award,
or promotion.
3
1 When you need to
put a positive spin on a
sticky situation: get
your listener “primed”
for happiness by asking
about a highlight
from their weekend.
2 If you’re looking to
foster a greater sense
accountability in your
team: start the
conversation by recalling
an instance in which
your colleague/s felt
powerful - a recent
presentation, an award,
or promotion.
3 If you need a
proactive solution to a
current challenge: prime
your colleagues for an
aspirational mindset by
asking about their goals
or vision for the future.
MAKE A TOUGH CALL, THEN
STICK TO YOUR GUNS
4
4
People respect
people who
respect themselves.
4
People respect
people who
respect themselves.
How assertive are you when it
comes to making decisions?
4
People respect
people who
respect themselves.
How assertive are you when it
comes to making decisions?
Next time you’re faced with a tricky
situation, weigh up feedback fairly,
but don’t be too easily waived.
TRANSFORM AN ESTABLISHED
PROCESS or ASSUMPTION.
5
5
Effective leaders
don’t hesitate to
act in the face
of change.
5
Effective leaders
don’t hesitate to
act in the face
of change.
And rigid personalities hinder progress.
5
Effective leaders
don’t hesitate to
act in the face
of change.
And rigid personalities hinder progress.
Work to be flexible, fluid and
adaptable in support of strategic
objectives and big-picture growth.
VERBALLY RECOGNISE
A JOB WELL DONE.
6
6
Remember: leaders are people
who demonstrate desirable
characteristics.
6
Remember: leaders are people
who demonstrate desirable
characteristics.
Often, those traits involve: authenticity in applauding the work
		 of teammates, honesty in admitting their own skills gaps, and
selflessness in sharing credit.
DON’T KEEP YOUR CARDS
TOO CLOSE TO YOUR CHEST
7
When you
freely share
business- related
information
and resources,
7
When you
freely share
business- related
information
and resources,
you empower those around you
to own their role in achieving
organisational goals.
7
When you
freely share
business- related
information
and resources,
you empower those around you
to own their role in achieving
organisational goals.
You’ll build more meaningful relationships,
and be perceived as a team player who puts the
organisation’s best interests before your own.
7
foster
collaboration.
8
Get people
interacting.
8
Get people
interacting.
Teams only achieve extraordinary
things when they have a healthy
sense of mutual dependence.
8
Get people
interacting.
Teams only achieve extraordinary
things when they have a healthy
sense of mutual dependence.
Look for opportunities to encourage
collaboration at work and, in the process,
grow your team’s ability to look to one
another for support when times get tough.
8
PRACTICE WORK-LEARN
BALANCE.
9
As millennials
start dominating
the leadership space
over the next decade,
9
As millennials
start dominating
the leadership space
over the next decade,
a new style of leadership will emerge: one
that is less autocratic, and more focused on
proactive self-management, supported by
mentorship and coaching.
9
9
Dedicate at least 15 minutes of every hour you spend
on any particular task to learning about the best way to do it.
9
Dedicate at least 15 minutes of every hour you spend
on any particular task to learning about the best way to do it.
Inspire your colleagues to greatness by demonstrating your own
sustained commitment to learning, unlearning, and relearning whatever
it takes for you to stay relevant and add value.
THINK
LONG-TERM.
10
In his first 5 years
at the helm of
General Electric,
10
In his first 5 years
at the helm of
General Electric,
Jack Welch cut in 118,000 people from
the payroll. At the same time, he spent
millions on what he called “unproductive” things -
like building a gym, and upgrading Crotonville, GE’s
management and leadership training institute.
10
In his first 5 years
at the helm of
General Electric,
Jack Welch cut in 118,000 people from
the payroll. At the same time, he spent
millions on what he called “unproductive” things -
like building a gym, and upgrading Crotonville, GE’s
management and leadership training institute.
By the late 1980s, all of GE’s key productivity
metrics were up - significantly.
10
10
The lesson?
Making tough calls in the short-term
10
The lesson?
Making tough calls in the short-term
+
10
The lesson?
Making tough calls in the short-term
Maintaining clarity of long-term vision
+
10
The lesson?
Making tough calls in the short-term
Maintaining clarity of long-term vision
=
+
10
The lesson?
Making tough calls in the short-term
Maintaining clarity of long-term vision
A thriving organisational culture in which people understand that
true leadership is the ability to lead while being led.
=
+
PERSONIFY YOUR
VALUES, EVERY DAY.
11
Shared values
are the foundation
of genuine and
rewarding working
relationships.
11
Shared values
are the foundation
of genuine and
rewarding working
relationships.
Whether yours or your organisation’s,
the values you choose to honour in
your workplace serve to:
11
Shared values
are the foundation
of genuine and
rewarding working
relationships.
Whether yours or your organisation’s,
the values you choose to honour in
your workplace serve to:
1 inspire those around you,
11
Shared values
are the foundation
of genuine and
rewarding working
relationships.
Whether yours or your organisation’s,
the values you choose to honour in
your workplace serve to:
1 inspire those around you,
2 keep you accountable, and
11
Shared values
are the foundation
of genuine and
rewarding working
relationships.
Whether yours or your organisation’s,
the values you choose to honour in
your workplace serve to:
1 inspire those around you,
2 keep you accountable, and
3 reinforce productive behaviour.
11
Shared values
are the foundation
of genuine and
rewarding working
relationships.
Whether yours or your organisation’s,
the values you choose to honour in
your workplace serve to:
1 inspire those around you,
2 keep you accountable, and
3 reinforce productive behaviour.
All of which are characteristics that make any
strong leader worth following. 11
To sum up?
To sum up?
If we’ve learned anything from
watching Game of Thrones, it’s that
power resides where men believe
it resides.
To sum up?
If we’ve learned anything from
watching Game of Thrones, it’s that
power resides where men believe
it resides.
So, “Leader” isn’t
really a title.
“Leader” is a set of inspiring
Practices.
Instead?
“Leader” is a set of inspiring
behaviours.
Instead?
“Leader” is a set of inspiring
characteristics.
Instead?
“Leader” is a set of inspiring
habits.
Instead?
“Leader” is a set of inspiring
Beliefs.
Instead?
“Leader” is a set of inspiring
actions.
Instead?
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in direct proportion to your
commitment to lifelong learning.
Your capacity for leadership expands
in direct proportion to your
commitment to lifelong learning.
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11 Ways to be Seen as a Leader at Work (Even if it's not in Your Title)

  • 1. Ways to be seen11as a leader at work (Even if it’s not in your title.)
  • 2. EARN RESPECT FOR A BIG WIN, EARLY ON. 1
  • 3. Starting out at a new company? 1
  • 4. Starting out at a new company? Demonstrate your ability to make things happen. 1
  • 5. Starting out at a new company? Demonstrate your ability to make things happen. Give yourself 3 weeks to get comfortable with the lay of the land, then identify a simple - but valuable - problem or pain point you can address that’ll benefit your team. 1
  • 6. ASSOCIATE YOURSELF WITH A CHANGEMAKER. 2
  • 7. Quick: take a look around. 2
  • 8. Quick: take a look around. Whose opinion matters most? 2
  • 9. Quick: take a look around. Whose opinion matters most? Identify the power-players who are integral to change in your workplace. Then, build a relationship: support their success by offering to help out on a project they’re heading up, or solve a problem they’re facing. 2
  • 10. MASTER THE ART OF PSYCHOLOGICAL PRIMING 3
  • 11. People forget the things you say, but they’ll always remember the way you made them feel. 3
  • 12. People forget the things you say, but they’ll always remember the way you made them feel. The 3 most powerful emotions you can conjure up during interactions with your team? 3
  • 13. People forget the things you say, but they’ll always remember the way you made them feel. The 3 most powerful emotions you can conjure up during interactions with your team? Happiness, power, and aspiration. 3
  • 14. Ready to prime your colleagues to perceive you as a leader? 3
  • 15. Ready to prime your colleagues to perceive you as a leader? Try one of these 3 simple psychological priming exercises: 3
  • 16. 3 1 When you need to put a positive spin on a sticky situation: get your listener “primed” for happiness by asking about a highlight from their weekend.
  • 17. 3 1 When you need to put a positive spin on a sticky situation: get your listener “primed” for happiness by asking about a highlight from their weekend. 2 If you’re looking to foster a greater sense accountability in your team: start the conversation by recalling an instance in which your colleague/s felt powerful - a recent presentation, an award, or promotion.
  • 18. 3 1 When you need to put a positive spin on a sticky situation: get your listener “primed” for happiness by asking about a highlight from their weekend. 2 If you’re looking to foster a greater sense accountability in your team: start the conversation by recalling an instance in which your colleague/s felt powerful - a recent presentation, an award, or promotion. 3 If you need a proactive solution to a current challenge: prime your colleagues for an aspirational mindset by asking about their goals or vision for the future.
  • 19. MAKE A TOUGH CALL, THEN STICK TO YOUR GUNS 4
  • 21. 4 People respect people who respect themselves. How assertive are you when it comes to making decisions?
  • 22. 4 People respect people who respect themselves. How assertive are you when it comes to making decisions? Next time you’re faced with a tricky situation, weigh up feedback fairly, but don’t be too easily waived.
  • 24. 5 Effective leaders don’t hesitate to act in the face of change.
  • 25. 5 Effective leaders don’t hesitate to act in the face of change. And rigid personalities hinder progress.
  • 26. 5 Effective leaders don’t hesitate to act in the face of change. And rigid personalities hinder progress. Work to be flexible, fluid and adaptable in support of strategic objectives and big-picture growth.
  • 27. VERBALLY RECOGNISE A JOB WELL DONE. 6
  • 28. 6 Remember: leaders are people who demonstrate desirable characteristics.
  • 29. 6 Remember: leaders are people who demonstrate desirable characteristics. Often, those traits involve: authenticity in applauding the work of teammates, honesty in admitting their own skills gaps, and selflessness in sharing credit.
  • 30. DON’T KEEP YOUR CARDS TOO CLOSE TO YOUR CHEST 7
  • 31. When you freely share business- related information and resources, 7
  • 32. When you freely share business- related information and resources, you empower those around you to own their role in achieving organisational goals. 7
  • 33. When you freely share business- related information and resources, you empower those around you to own their role in achieving organisational goals. You’ll build more meaningful relationships, and be perceived as a team player who puts the organisation’s best interests before your own. 7
  • 36. Get people interacting. Teams only achieve extraordinary things when they have a healthy sense of mutual dependence. 8
  • 37. Get people interacting. Teams only achieve extraordinary things when they have a healthy sense of mutual dependence. Look for opportunities to encourage collaboration at work and, in the process, grow your team’s ability to look to one another for support when times get tough. 8
  • 39. As millennials start dominating the leadership space over the next decade, 9
  • 40. As millennials start dominating the leadership space over the next decade, a new style of leadership will emerge: one that is less autocratic, and more focused on proactive self-management, supported by mentorship and coaching. 9
  • 41. 9 Dedicate at least 15 minutes of every hour you spend on any particular task to learning about the best way to do it.
  • 42. 9 Dedicate at least 15 minutes of every hour you spend on any particular task to learning about the best way to do it. Inspire your colleagues to greatness by demonstrating your own sustained commitment to learning, unlearning, and relearning whatever it takes for you to stay relevant and add value.
  • 44. In his first 5 years at the helm of General Electric, 10
  • 45. In his first 5 years at the helm of General Electric, Jack Welch cut in 118,000 people from the payroll. At the same time, he spent millions on what he called “unproductive” things - like building a gym, and upgrading Crotonville, GE’s management and leadership training institute. 10
  • 46. In his first 5 years at the helm of General Electric, Jack Welch cut in 118,000 people from the payroll. At the same time, he spent millions on what he called “unproductive” things - like building a gym, and upgrading Crotonville, GE’s management and leadership training institute. By the late 1980s, all of GE’s key productivity metrics were up - significantly. 10
  • 47. 10 The lesson? Making tough calls in the short-term
  • 48. 10 The lesson? Making tough calls in the short-term +
  • 49. 10 The lesson? Making tough calls in the short-term Maintaining clarity of long-term vision +
  • 50. 10 The lesson? Making tough calls in the short-term Maintaining clarity of long-term vision = +
  • 51. 10 The lesson? Making tough calls in the short-term Maintaining clarity of long-term vision A thriving organisational culture in which people understand that true leadership is the ability to lead while being led. = +
  • 53. Shared values are the foundation of genuine and rewarding working relationships. 11
  • 54. Shared values are the foundation of genuine and rewarding working relationships. Whether yours or your organisation’s, the values you choose to honour in your workplace serve to: 11
  • 55. Shared values are the foundation of genuine and rewarding working relationships. Whether yours or your organisation’s, the values you choose to honour in your workplace serve to: 1 inspire those around you, 11
  • 56. Shared values are the foundation of genuine and rewarding working relationships. Whether yours or your organisation’s, the values you choose to honour in your workplace serve to: 1 inspire those around you, 2 keep you accountable, and 11
  • 57. Shared values are the foundation of genuine and rewarding working relationships. Whether yours or your organisation’s, the values you choose to honour in your workplace serve to: 1 inspire those around you, 2 keep you accountable, and 3 reinforce productive behaviour. 11
  • 58. Shared values are the foundation of genuine and rewarding working relationships. Whether yours or your organisation’s, the values you choose to honour in your workplace serve to: 1 inspire those around you, 2 keep you accountable, and 3 reinforce productive behaviour. All of which are characteristics that make any strong leader worth following. 11
  • 60. To sum up? If we’ve learned anything from watching Game of Thrones, it’s that power resides where men believe it resides.
  • 61. To sum up? If we’ve learned anything from watching Game of Thrones, it’s that power resides where men believe it resides. So, “Leader” isn’t really a title.
  • 62. “Leader” is a set of inspiring Practices. Instead?
  • 63. “Leader” is a set of inspiring behaviours. Instead?
  • 64. “Leader” is a set of inspiring characteristics. Instead?
  • 65. “Leader” is a set of inspiring habits. Instead?
  • 66. “Leader” is a set of inspiring Beliefs. Instead?
  • 67. “Leader” is a set of inspiring actions. Instead?
  • 68. Your capacity for leadership expands in direct proportion to your commitment to lifelong learning.
  • 69. Your capacity for leadership expands in direct proportion to your commitment to lifelong learning. Register for a career-advancing online short course from the University of Cape Town today.
  • 70. Your capacity for leadership expands in direct proportion to your commitment to lifelong learning. Register for a career-advancing online short course from the University of Cape Town today. getsmarter.co.za
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