You don’t need a title to be a leader.
Every workplace needs non-leader leaders with these three traits.
Use Others’ Talents. Do what you are good at and draw on others for what they are good at. If you tend to do everything, know everything, and be everything, stop it. Not only is it egotistical to think you have all the knowledge and skills required to do the job of everyone in your department, it is also annoying as heck!
Move Forward. Focus on what you can do not what you can’t do. Instead of being consumed by things you don’t have power, control, or authority over, be proactive navigating what you can. This might mean you choose a positive attitude, ask questions to get answers, or even cheer your fellow team members on so that everyone is motivated.
Be the Example. Behave in the same way you want your leadership to behave. If you want transparency from your leaders, be transparent. If you want support from your leaders, be supportive. If you want forgiveness when you screw up, be forgiving. Don’t wait for your leaders to do it first. Show your leadership prowess by taking the lead.
Bonus Tip: “Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership” – James Humes