Have you read the book Rules of Work by Richard Templar? Beautiful advise to you if you are a serious Future Leader. There are ten of them, and here are the first two:
RULE ONE- WALK YOUR TALK
* Get Your Work Noticed - The unsolicited report is a brilliant way to stand out from the crowd.
* Never Stand Still - In an ideal world the rules player will have got their work done by the lunch time, so that they have the afternoon free.
* Volunteer Carefully - Before you put up your hand to volunteer for anything, think very carefully.
* Carve Out a Niche for Yourself - If the other bosses think you are a good idea, then your boss really has to go along with it.
* Know Something Others Don’t - Whatever it is, make sure it is relevant, topical and interesting.
* Be 100% Committed - You are going to be vigilant, dedicated, watchful, keen, ready, prepared, cautious, alert and 'on the ball'.
* Enjoy What You Are Doing - There is no shame in saying you enjoy your work.
* Develop the Right Attitude - Side with management and Always look out for 'No. 1'.
* Never Let Anyone Know How Hard You Work - Never ask for an extension of time; Never moan or complain, but yet Be assertive not to get overloaded.
RULE TWO – KNOW THAT YOU’RE BEING JUDGED AT ALL TIMES
* Dress Well.
* Cultivate a Smile.
* No Limp Fish – Develop a Perfect Handshake.
* Exude Confidence and Energy - When you walk through the office first thing in the morning, there should be a spring to your step.
* Develop a Style that Gets You Noticed.
* Pay Attention to Personal Grooming - Make each day as conscientious as an interview day.
* Be Attractive - Never slouch, slump or be scruffy.
* Be Cool - Remain sophisticated at all times.
* Speak Well - Be bright, clear, pleasant and simple.
* Write Well - How you write for others to read is of utmost and crucial importance.