1. It’s not about the title. Many professionals, especially younger ones, believe being a leader means having people officially report to them, but the truth is that you can be a leader without any direct reports. Leading requires only your own willingness to step up.
2. Share ideas. Taking initiative to solve problems is a major key to leading. If something isn’t working out or problems arise, talk to your boss about them and suggest ideas for solutions.
3. Offer assistance. Offer to help anytime you see a fellow worker struggling. You can learn a lot about the organization and its processes by engaging in work that you normally wouldn’t do.
— Adapted from “Don’t Wait to Be Asked: Lead,” Jessica Love, Kellogg Insight.