This is the time of year high school and college graduates approach me and ask for career advice. (You probably experience the same thing.) Of course, the advice-seekers want to know how to break into the sports broadcasting industry, but more than that, they want to know the secret to staying in the industry and making their mark.
In essence, they’re asking how to be seen as leaders. Here’s the key – show up.
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This is what leadership looks like…
Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton threw a no-hitter earlier this month in Toronto. It was the first complete game of his career and a huge accomplishment for any pitcher to no-hit a team.
Here’s what James did during our post-game interview – he took credit for pitching a great game. He gave his teammates credit for their part in helping him, but he didn’t shy away from articulating what he did well.
Leaders need to give credit to the people around them, but showing others how to take credit for a job well done is another form of leadership. Encourage the team around you to identify how they’ve contributed to wins and why their talents are important. You’ll be empowering them to continue doing good work and take the next big step.
Be purposeful in your daily interactions and get on a first-name basis with colleagues, it’s one of the most practical ways to build rapport that leads to leadership opportunities.
And there’s this…
Encourage colleagues to start practicing leadership right where they are in their career. Forward this along and have them click here to join the Practicing Leadership list to get practical tips every month.