The workplace can be full of distractions and stresses, but with the right skills, you can rise above it all and make the most of your work environment.
- For starters, when you’re talking to someone, put away your smartphone and make eye contact.
- Give team members their choice of a task so they’ll take greater ownership of it.
- When someone is emotional or angry, don’t react, but listen intently.
- Develop mutually beneficial partnerships both within your team and across departments.
- Rediscover your sense of curiosity and discovery to approach your job with a fresh perspective.
- Realize that a little fear is a good thing and can keep you from becoming complacent.
- Imagine that every single task or project you complete will always carry your name.
- Realize that problems can have a limitless number of solutions. When mistakes occur, think of them the way a baseball pitcher does a home run that he’s just given up: It’s history the moment it’s hit.
Adapted from How to Be a Leader Even If You’re Not In Charge at Baseline Magazine.