Three simple tips:
- Leadership is not management. Management is simply being in charge of the project, while leadership is more the qualities of a leader. These qualities do not need to be management qualities, you can practice them as early as your first entry-level job.
- Leaders inspire others. This is usually by being an exemplary person, either by doing your work exceptionally or by having a stand-up character. Putting others above you is a great first step towards demonstrating leadership qualities.
- Trust in subordinates. Or, if you’re not above anyone, trust in your coworkers. Trust goes a long way in a relationship, and trust is a two-way street. When you trust in others, they’re more likely to trust in you.