At some point in your life, you will be put in a leadership situation. Whether it’s your official job title or not, everyone will be faced with leadership responsibilities at some point. Many think of leadership as a position, but it’s also a mindset. Any and everyone can become a leader if they build the mindset and characteristics to be successful in the role.

Be Dependable

One important characteristic of successful leaders is dependability. In today’s workplace, businesses need leaders who are reliable. No matter what your job role is, to establish yourself as a leader means you must be recognized as a dependable employee. Dependable employees don’t just show up to work on time every day, rather they produce consistent work as well as take responsibility for their work. Being both a dependable and responsible employee shows the company that you value your position and that you are responsible for keeping up with tasks.

Be a Master Communicator

Mastering the art of communication is vital for every employee, but especially for those who want to become leaders. This includes becoming an expert in speaking and writing. To become a successful leader, you must be confident in your ability to communicate in person, over a call, or in writing. If there’s one aspect of communication that is extremely crucial for leaders, it is the ability to listen. While speaking and writing are relatively easy, becoming a good listener takes more time and skill. According to Forbes, listening allows you to evaluate a situation from another perspective, to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, and understand a different point of view. Listening also allows you to evaluate the delivery of your message as well as the way it’s received.

Be Curious

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

No great leader has ever stopped learning because they remain curious. Learning is more than just formal training.  Look at every situation as an educational opportunity and take advantage of staying knowledgeable on current trends. Staying up to date will not only help your business grow, but it will also give you the opportunity to teach others. The more you know, the more prepared you’ll be for whatever comes your way.

Even if you are not in a leadership position, you can still be a leader. While there are many important qualities of becoming a successful leader, these three traits are great ways to establish yourself as one. Leadership is not just a position; it’s a mindset.


Ryan Krutzig is a seasoned sales and operations professional based in Minnesota. Read more of his leadership advice or check out his Twitter!