Workplace Talent Management

How To Become an Informal Leader

By: JobGet
Jun 29, 2020 • 4 min read

Developing Skills to Become an Informal Leader

These characteristics may remind you of current or former colleagues who you have worked within the workplace. Informal leaders are natural-born leaders who display skills and traits that identify them as a strong employee. In fact, no matter what kind of personality you are born with, these attributes can help you develop into an informal leader within your workplace.

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Making Friends

When building relationships in an organization, don’t just stay in your functional department, age group, or people who seem similar to you. Make friends with everyone! This is a great way to see what kind of leader your team will benefit best from. Informal leaders not only focus on upper and lower management and social activities; they know how everyone contributes in their individual ways.

Integrate Within the Organization

Informal structure is a structure that you learn by becoming a trusted part of the culture. For example, it is one thing to understand your organization’s policies and deadlines. However, it is more useful to have private and individual information about your colleagues so that you can form a meaningful relationship with them. Anything you learn is information that can be used to help you succeed.

Being Humble

Success can make some people complacent. Therefore, it is essential to remember that successful informal leaders should focus on the work that needs to be done, rather than reflect their talents. Be humble when discussing your progress on projects, or research findings. Present yourself as a humble team-player who is concerned with the greater good, and not just their own personal accomplishments.

Eye on the Prize

Now that you have your own advantages and areas for improvement, please consider your situation next year and the next five years. Write down your short-term and long-term goals to stay rooted when building the traits of a good informal leader. When you have a goal, you can stay focused. Your focus should be centered around how you can best lead your team.

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Please take a moment to write a list of words that come to your mind when you hear the word “trust”. To be an informal leader, you must earn the trust of your coworkers and supervisors. This way, they will trust you to lead their team, make the best decisions, and always keep in mind the best interest of the group. It takes time, but you can build credibility, which in turn can increase your reputation.

Never Stop Learning

Try to learn new things every day! You should be responsible for your own personal development. Extraordinary informal and formal leaders are always learning! Learn from your coworkers, supervisors, managers, and from your experiences. This way, you can always be improving and growing personally and professionally.

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