Emily Labhart

thinking about dance, arts management and cultural representation

How to take instructions when you’re a natural leader

  1. Don’t feel like you’re losing yourself just because you’re the beta in a situation. Certain events require you to take on different roles – see it as an opportunity to shine and show your skills in another capacity. You’ll be rewarded later.

    Follow the right leader

    Follow the right leader

  2. Use it as a research opportunity. Observe how the ‘leader’ instructs the group, their communication methods, decision-making and so on. What worked and what didn’t work? How would you do things differently? Make a note of them and refer back when your time comes.

    Always watching

    Always watching

  3. Speak up (but don’t rebel!). Depending on your relationship with your line manager, either during the task/event or shortly after open up the conversation about your role/responsibilities and how you’d like to develop these next time around. (Most) employers like to see drive and ambition so will appreciate you outlining your goals and will support you in reaching them. This is likely to be on a small scale at first before gradually building up to meet your full potential.

    Speak Up

    Speak Up

  4. Everything and every job has steps that need to be taken. We all know that sometimes you have to follow procedure in order for people to then give you the chance you already know you’re more than capable of. Just see it as valuable practice and you’ll be fine – you’re almost there!
Almost There!

Almost There!

 

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