Many people believe that leadership can only be practiced in the workforce by senior management. According to a recent World Leadership Survey, people all over the world believe the best way to learn about good leadership is to examine the relationships between successful leaders and their followers. If that were the case, and leaders were appointed only from above, then the “leaders” as we know them now would still be sitting in their mediocre jobs waiting to be called.

I am a big supporter of services companies like Catalyst 14 offer and leadership development in the workplace. All employees at 5WPR are encouraged to show leadership towards their accounts, supervisors and everything that they do. Leadership is a personal choice. The closest leader to examine is the leader in you, and you can be one no matter what title you have in any workforce. As Robin Sharma states in his coaching books, “If you can breathe, you can lead.”

Workplaces today have become much more dynamic, providing employees with the choice of where to take their position and how high to set their performance marker. The world is wide open and, with all of the uncertainty that exists, a vacuum has developed from the businesses that slowed their hiring or promotions. With leadership comes initiative, and in today’s fast-paced world, there is little to no time for reactions; it is a game of proactive winners and leaders.

To become one of the leaders in your teams, companies, or industries, you must first view yourself as one. Leaders are always striving to improve, raising the bar on how well they can perform and how quickly they can move.

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An important part of being a leader is setting goals and targets to help the company reach its objectives and demonstrate key results. Consequently, using a goal management framework can help companies to implement strategies that foster productivity.

Profit OKR software is used in the corporate world by businesses from a variety of sectors to define goals and execute plans with focus. If you are an aspiring leader looking for corporate software to ensure your company stands out from the competition, go to profit.co to find out more.

Here are a few tips to arriving at leadership:

1. Express your best: Don’t sit back and wait for things to happen or wait to be instructed. Initiate, innovate, and improve current practices. Go all-out on in your duties to develop mastery and perfection, even if you think you are in charge of something banal.

2. Inspire others: You are a part of something – whether it is a team, a company or a practice. Try to influence others by example. It could be your clients or your colleagues, as all relationships can deepen and turn to a strong basis for your leadership. Make sure to pay attention to clients, listen to their needs, and stay on top of global and local trends.

3. Drive change in negative environments: A positive state of mind is a win-win tool I use extensively in all that I do. Mingle with others, know the different parts of your organization and the people who work there, and have fun – which will set the greatest example for others.

4. Respect others and appreciate their work: Whether it’s your family, friends or co-workers, be the source of appreciation and helpfulness. Be ethical. You will find practicing leadership a healthy, motivating, and successful formula that attracts more and more leadership opportunities and roles. Don’t wait to be appointed; act today and see the leader in yourself. You will find your lifestyle elevated and your responsibilities going upward.

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Ronn Torossian is the Founder & Chairman of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently owned PR firms in the United States. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company's growth and vision, with the agency earning accolades including being named a Top 50 Global PR Agency by PRovoke Media, a top three NYC PR agency by O'Dwyers, one of Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces and being awarded multiple American Business Awards, including a Stevie Award for PR Agency of the Year. With over 25 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America's most prolific and well-respected public relations executives. Throughout his career he has advised leading and high-growth businesses, organizations, leaders and boards across corporate, technology and consumer industries. Torossian is known as one of the country's foremost experts on crisis communications. He has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly in the media and has authored two editions of his book, "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations," which is an industry best-seller. Torossian's strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, a Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider, Metropolitan Magazine's Most Influential New Yorker, and a recipient of Crain's New York Most Notable in Marketing & PR. Outside of 5W, Torossian serves as a business advisor to and investor in multiple early stage businesses across the media, B2B and B2C landscape. Torossian is the proud father of two daughters. He is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a board member of multiple not for profit organizations.