Being a Leader in Your First Job

One of the best first jobs that anyone would have is to be a leader of a group. In your first day of job you answer only to the managers and the owner and you have your own team to take care of.

It will be a very challenging responsibility and the financial benefits are better than an entry level employee.

Early on, you are already establishing your career and there is a great chance that you will improve significantly even before you reach the age of 30.  But it is not all good news when your first job is to be a leader.

There are different challenges you have to face and most of them could be handled efficiently by an experienced employee.

For a fresh graduate, it is a totally different story. The training a fresh graduate has in college is usually geared towards functioning.

Being a leader is taught but you will never get a hands on experience of being a leader in an actual work place.

Pressure on Productivity

The most challenging part of being a leader in your first job is on how to handle pressure. If you are an entry level employee, the pressure is only coming from your leader. But if you are a leader, you will feel pressure in both ways.

You will be pressured by the managers and the owner to be productive and on the other hand, you are being pressured by your employees to be a leader.

If you give into pressure, it will never be the loss of the employees or your boss, it will be your loss.

Handling pressure is actually a matter of doing things that is asked of you – and being firm about it.

A good leader should know what should be done and stand by his word to be able to do it.

People especially your employees will hate you for it, but you can live with the fact that you have been a leader and was only doing your job.

Working with Someone Older

Although you can easily lead people who are older than you, it is still important to take note of the fact that they were with the company before you were even hired.

If one, two or all your members are older than you are right now, not only you should be a leader – you should also be a listening co-worker.

There is always a possibility that they know something about the company that you are not aware of. You can also gain advantage on the people they know who they can trust.

Best of all, you can also gain from their experience and learn the tricks of the trade that could only be learned through experience. Through your older employees, you now know a lot without having to go through years of trial and error.

Being a leader in your first job has its challenges but if you prepare for the pressure and work well with your employees, you should be able to handle any type of challenges.

Editorial Team at Geekinterview is a team of HR and Career Advice members led by Chandra Vennapoosa.

Editorial Team – who has written posts on Online Learning.

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