“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” — John C. Maxwell
Most individuals close to the commencement of their professions aren't generally thought of as leaders in an organization. Not only do they occupy a humble position in the workplace hierarchy and are deficient in terms of experience and skills, but also many are too apprehensive and self-doubting to undertake a leadership role. Even though young professionals may not wander in with years of experience to a company, they assuredly do bring gushing amounts of energy, ebullience, a fresh education and comprehension of recent technologies that other individuals in the organization may not possess. They also bring an original perspective -- a present-day look at bygone dilemmas. Therefore, with the accurate frame of mind, a vigilant eye and a strong aspiration to learn, any young professional can achieve mastery early on.
The initial obstacle to conquer is getting your co-workers to perceive you as more than a fresh-faced, puerile college grad. Instead, reveal that you have the utmost potential to lead the way without stepping on any toes. Once you achieve this, there are boundless things you can do to become a victorious leader in the early phases of your career (Smith, 2012).
Young professionals can most certainly be recognized pessimistically by their more seasoned equivalents, because the culture they grew up in contained video games, internet, iPods, and Facebook that has given rise to short-lived attention spans and greater levels of multitasking, which is sometimes an optimistic and sometimes a pessimistic component, and this can be distinguished as undependability or irresponsibility.
The young professional is the modern employee, ambling into an organization where people have a lot more experience and superiority; therefore, it is the individual’s duty to acquire knowledge about how things work in an organization and learn about the existing employees. In other words, it is vital to familiarize yourself with the culture of the company to avoid encountering uncomfortable situations with the rest of the colleagues.
Leadership that is more positioned with being an energetic part of the team, associating and respecting others’ viewpoints, listening, identifying opportunities to help out and do the required work, and contributing to take initiative to get things done are more relevant manners to “lead” at the starting point.
By Nathasha Hindurangala
Smith, J. (2012). You're Never Too Young To Be A Leader: Here's How. Retrieved 22 May 2020, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2012/03/02/youre-never-too-young-to-be-a-leader-heres-how/#14bc0443267a
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