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  • Michelle Harrod

Leaders without a Title

Updated: May 16, 2023

Bobby Purvis | May 09, 2023

There are some people that just are natural leaders. They are always out in front of the team, charging ahead and supporting others. True leaders do not need formal titles to achieve greatness. However, if you don't recognize a leader on your team, you risk losing them to someone else who does.

Here's what you can do to keep them engaged with your organization:

· Recognize the leader: Recognize them for their leadership actions, both publicly and privately. Even better, send them a written note or write a formal recommendation on LinkedIn. That recognition will go miles with them.

· Humble yourself: Acknowledge that you may not have all the answers and be willing to take advice, suggestions, and criticisms. Even leaders are still human and it's hard sometimes to accept criticism, but you need to realize that the reason you have a team is to make all of you better and achieve common goals for the organization.

· Support the leader: Support them in their career goals and even help them set career goals. Elevate and promote them whenever possible, even if it means them moving outside of your team.

· Give trust to gain trust: Trust is earned, not given and that goes both ways. You can't require your team to give you trust, you need to show that you're willing to take a leap of faith in them and support their ideas and efforts.

Ask yourself today, how do you rate against this list? Are there things that you know you could do better? That's okay - again, we are all human. Use today to try one of these with your team. Small steps end up as great miles eventually.


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