Leadership Is Charismatic
• Join appropriate associations and work your way into the
power circles. Run for and serve on the Board of Directors
and critical committees where you will garner attention for
your skills. Make yourself a “player.” If the association has a
newsletter, be a frequent contributor.
• Have someone submit your name or your company for
appropriate awards. You may not get the award, but the
fact that you were nominated will get you attention.
• Make friends in high places. Who you hang out with is
noticed. Be friendly with everyone, but get too chummy with
people who are followers and you will be typecast as a
follower. Make friends with the power brokers, and they will
help you rise.
• Learn that information is power. People trade on
information, so be careful who you talk to and what you say.
Watch out for gossip. Learn to “play the game.”