6 Things You Need to Know Before You Become a Leader

As a leader in my own business, I enjoy helping other people learn how to become a leader. Through yoga, self-care, and a focus on personal growth, I have helped many people blossom into fullness. If you have been waiting for the right opportunity to step up at work, take on responsibility in your community, or assume a leadership role at home or an organization, now is the time.

I can share everything you need to know to become the leader you want to be. Here’s how you can start preparing for your next role: boss!

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6 Things You Need to Know Before You Become a Leader

1. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Everyone, from the mailroom to the penthouse suite, can benefit from improving their communication skills. No matter the stage of your career, relationship, age, etc. you can start working on these skills that will help you become a better leader. Speaking and writing well will allow you to share a clear understanding of what needs to be done and why. When you communicate accurately and truthfully about challenges facing a project, you inspire confidence in your team and show that you are a professional up to the task. From there, you give positive recommendations about how to overcome any issues.

2. Keep a Positive Attitude

Don’t let your circumstances control your mindset. Sometimes being a leader can be really tough. I know, it’s hard to make those tough decisions! By keeping a positive attitude, you have power over your circumstances, instead of them having power over you.

Having a positive attitude can be a priceless asset. Just as negative thoughts can snowball, so can positive ones. To become a leader, you need to effectively harness your feelings and thoughts to work for you. A simple change in attitude can cause a chain reaction of positive thoughts and events. We all have negative thoughts, the difference is what thoughts we choose to nurture.

3. Believe in Yourself

Anyone can be a leader. What makes you special for this role? Believe in your own capacity and abilities to take on this responsibility. Have confidence in yourself! This is directly tied to the positive mindset. Instead of focusing on negative outcomes and what isn’t possible, focus on your strengths, positive outcomes, and what is possible with your newfound role.

This doesn’t mean you ignore any problems. You can continue to work on yourself and your skills while acknowledging your accomplishments. The gift of a capable leader is being able to stumble and recover. Use any errors as lessons to inform your leadership. Step into your potential by not being afraid to make mistakes.

4. Keep Learning

As I said, it’s OK to keep working on your skills as a leader. As a business leader, I continually work on my skills, research, and fine tune. Being able to assess and grow is a crucial part of every human’s journey — especially leaders.

Encourage feedback from your colleagues, supervisors, and clients. Running a business or organization through dictatorship is not a recipe for long-term success. People need to be able to communicate with you and let you know what’s working and what’s not. The very best leaders don’t demean those who disagree with them; they understand the importance of engagement. They encourage everyone to speak up and contribute.

5. Strengthen the People Below You

To become a leader, you first need to be a team player. As a leader, it is your job to care about the success of your colleagues. The point of an effective leader is to inspire great work so you can accomplish great things together. Your individual success should not be at the forefront of your mind. How can you encourage other people’s success today?

6. Build and Grow Your Relationships

Relationships are the foundation of effective leadership. The more connected you are, the more you benefit from people to bounce ideas off of and to share feedback with. The people around you, yes, even the intern getting coffee, help you become a better leader. Have you ever heard a successful person crediting their community or family for giving them motivation, support, and accountability? There’s a reason why. Strong leaders rely on relationships, so be sure to foster yours. This is the most important piece of advice I can give you on how to become a leader.

As a yogi, wellness coach, and startup CEO, I have the privilege of working with people around New York and the world who want to become a leader or learn how to become a better leader. I encourage people in their journey of self-growth and discovery because by accepting your strengths and weaknesses, you can fully embrace yourself as a leader and build your relationships with others. When it comes down to it, it’s all about the relationships you build internally and externally that make you a leader. Put these tips into practice to get started.

Mary Sabo