For an organization to function well and be successful it needs both good leaders and good followers. What that means is that throughout the course of the day all of us move between leading and following while at work. August Turak, contributing writer to Forbes.com, recently wrote an article about how you, as a follower, can make your mark by being a great leader. Here are a few ways he suggests that you can lead and get ahead at work:
1. Leaders need followers to bring fresh ideas to their jobs. By telling your boss "This is what I think we should do" you will really stand out.
2. Create your own job by identifying a goal that you can achieve in a short amount of time. Write up the plan for achieving that goal and keep a weekly progress report. Present the plan before your boss asks for it thus proving that you can lead yourself.
3. Great followers are always one step ahead of their bosses. Try to anticipate what your boss wants next and get it done.
4. Don't wait for your boss to ask you for a status report . Always communicate new developments to your boss in writing to preempt worries or concerns.
5. Use future goals to prioritize today's activities. This will allow your boss to focus on his/her work and not spend valuable time supervising you.
6. Earn your bosses trust by delivering on every commitment no matter how trivial.
7. Whenever possible try to make your boss "look good". Back him/her up even if you disagree in private. By presenting a united front once a decision has been made you will be much more appreciated.
8. Be sympathetic to the enormous pressures your boss endures. Compassion and empathy will reassure your boss that you understand and will try to help alleviate the "pain".
Here are a few books to help you lead and get ahead at work: