I read an article on Fast Company today entitled "3 Ways to Become an Authoritative Leader, Even if You're Under 30" and found it quite interesting!
The tips from author Jess Loren are to do the following:
1. Establish yourself at your company.
2. Establish yourself in your community.
3. Make use of your previous experience.
I really like the line that says:
"When it comes down to it, a good leader is constantly developing. The skills that develop leader capacities
are situational awareness, calmness under pressure, mental flexibility,
and positive thinking. If you develop those skills, then you'll be a
good leader whether you're 21 or 71."
I like this because it's so very true. Leadership is so situational, and there it seems as though there is never a "right" way to act in situations, and the same situation might come up with a completely different outcome every single time! It also has a lot to do with people's personalities, in my opinion. Everyone see things from their own perspective and it's important to remember that.
I have learned a great deal from my work experience and school experience on leadership. I really do think there is a lot I can learn on leadership still, and hope I will continue to keep learning and never stop!
Another great article: 5 Leadership Lessons you Won't Learn in Business School via Inc
One more great read: 4 Ways a Leader can Improve Communication via the Globe and Mail