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Leaders come in different varieties and serve different functions. Some do it formally and are at the forefront while others do so quietly from behind playing a less visible role. Some grow into the role and assume the responsibilities while others have innate qualities that plant them in leadership roles.

Where are you as a leader?

Leadership starts with developing a deep understanding of who you are and what principles you embrace. Once you have taken an inventory of yourself, you can better connect with your team members. Connecting provides you with the opportunity to lay the groundwork for building loyalty and dedication among team members. The connection is critical to overall success within the company.

Three things to do today to build a leader

Start with developing leaders early. You accomplish this by identifying the strengths and the potential of the people in your organization. You then evaluate their performance in existing roles to determine whether or no it makes sense for them to perform in a particular role. You can create opportunities for them to lead special projects and initiatives. You can identify training opportunities to hone leadership skills and make them available to employees.

You want to make sure that you are presenting challenges to them. You want to introduce them unfamiliar responsibilities through projects and task to evaluate their aptitude. The outcome of the project isn’t necessarily the focal point. The goal is exposure to something that allows them the opportunity of developing new skills and gaining confidence. This can potentially have the effect of making a person that much more committed to the company.

Allowing the person to interact with other leaders is another way to develop leadership qualities with employees. The opportunity to shadow leaders gives them the opportunity to experience leadership in action firsthand. The objective to shadow or otherwise mentor a leader in action makes the person that much more prepared to serve in a leadership capacity.

Teaching employees to network is imperative in any leadership role. When individuals can identify the proper resources within an organization to accomplish a major project, they are developing an important coalition building skill that will serve them in future roles. Leadership is about mastering strategic and operational networking opportunities to build valuable relationships.

A company usually has underdeveloped talent ready for assuming leadership roles. A person can usually grow if provided with ample opportunities to experience or shadow leadership in some capacity. A leader can be groomed as soon as they are placed into any role within an organization. The grooming starts well before the person assumes a given role within the organization.