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To Succeed, You Need to Lead

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For example, Terry manages the Safeway grocery store in , and Chris manages the Safeway store in . Both want to be Safeway's new Western United States Regional Manager.

Terry frequently tells people that they need to be on time, follow the rules and do their jobs.

Chris also tells people to be on time, follow the rules and do their jobs, but she stays late to teach her favorite staff members how to be managers themselves. She encourages them to have careers with Safeway. She helps them to get raises and promotions within the company. Chris also talks with loud enthusiasm.

Who would you rather work for? Whose store does best? Who does Safeway promote to the Western United States Regional Manager position?

If you want to be a leader, but feel timid about it, these two steps can give you the breakthrough you need.

For example, you wish your coworkers would stop complaining all the time. You decide the positive action to lead them toward is a more cheerful work environment. You will do this by showing your own cheerfulness at all times.

All day long you say things like, "Wow, you did a great job on that report!" "I think that's great about your son getting an award at school!" "If we get more work done than the other departments, at least we'll be the last department to get downsized." "Has anyone watched the movie Hairspray? We rented it last night and my one-year old danced all through it."

By the way, you do not need permission to be the leader. You just lead!



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