8 1-Minute Habits That Will Make Your Coworkers See You As a Leader

You don’t have to have the title of leader to lead. 

In fact, the best way to pave the way for a top role is to exhibit the qualities of a leader — before you’re actually tasked with leading a team. 

So here are small, quick habits that will show your skills. 

Praise your colleagues.

Uplifting others and letting them know when they’ve done great work, especially in front of managers at your organization, demonstrates professionalism and grace. 

Pay attention.

When you pay attention — really pay attention — when others are speaking to you, you’ll demonstrate that you care and show that you believe what they say matters. 

Wait until others have finished speaking.

A real professional — and leader — demonstrates that they value the other person’s words by letting them speak their piece, even if you disagree. 

Keep your cool.

Keeping your cool demonstrates that you’re level-headed — an essential quality for top-level professionals.