Becoming a leader at work can lead to many other opportunities. No matter where you are on the career ladder at the moment, chances are you can become a leader in one way or another.

The first thing you need to do is take responsibility, even if it isn’t in your job role exactly. You need to take responsibility for both the good and the bad to show that you’re a team player. Nobody likes a leader who blames others! Learn from any mistakes you make and you’ll make an even better team leader.

Trying new things and taking risks is another big factor in becoming a team leader. By taking on a project that others won’t touch, you’ll show you’re brave enough to take on the role of team leader. Stepping out of your comfort zone will take you places. Nobody ever achieved anything amazing by staying in their comfort zone!

Being open to criticism is also essential. Taking constructive criticism and handling it well is a must. Just make sure you use it to make yourself better in the future. Many leaders must make themselves vulnerable in order to be a success too.

Are you giving it all you’ve got? Giving out your thoughts, ideas, plans? The more you do, the more of a leader you’ll become. The following infographic can help you too:

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