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Taylor Sade is a reporter, humorist, and digital-media guru. Since graduating college, he's worked as a freelancer for Distractify, CollegeHumor, Uproxx, and ThoughtCatalog — giving him a unique perspective on the culture of remote employment.

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We’ve all heard the cliché that life is a road that we all follow, albeit in our own unique path. Additionally, a major part of everyone’s life is indeed the career path they choose. What do they want to do with their life, i.e. their career. Many people see themselves progressing through the ranks of their desired field and landing a position in not only managment but in leadership.

If this is how you see yourself, what signs along this road do you think you would pass? To become a successful leader, there is no right or wrong answer. But there are inevitable signs you’ll see along the way, and how you react to these scenarios of decision making is what will make you into the successful leader.

1. Stop

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Stop. Not a rolling stop. Actually stop. Look both ways. How are things going in your career? Are you taking the proper steps to achieve the position of leadership you desire? You need to take a moment to truly survey your surroundings before you make your next move. Before you keep forging ahead into nothingness, stop and weigh the outcomes of your decisions. Whatever your next move may be, realize how that would effect those around you because there’s not always one clear-cut answer.

2. Roundabout

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Exactly the point: there’s not only one way to go towards becoming a successful leader. When you come to the roundabout on this road, it’s ultimately your choice whether or not you choose a path that leads to success for yourself and those under you. There’s not only one route that leads off this, but if you’re not willing to make the turn out of it, your team will be stuck going in circles. Next, realize that sometimes you must …

3. Yield

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Sometimes you unfortunately have to let others go before you. Keep inching your way out there into the hustle and bustle of dream-chasing traffic. But there may still be many, many more people to come before you catch a break in the flow and can finally put yourself out there. This could and should even mean those who work under you. Listen to their ideas respectfully and let them run ahead of you if they’ve got the momentum and fortitude to do so. As a leader, that’s okay because now you’ll be faced with the …

4. Weigh station ahead

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As a successful leader, you have to weigh all the outcomes of any given situation in the workplace. You can’t skip these weigh stations because, much like a truck driver who does so, you could find yourself in major trouble if things go awry. You also need to realize that sometimes it’s necessary to …

5. Detour

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You have goals for your team. And if you stick to them with diligence, they will become a reality. You have an end goal in sight, but as a proven leader, you should know that things are not always just a striaght-ahead path down this road. To successfully lead, you have to be willing to detour those around you to find the right answers when said path has been obstructed. However, that doesn’t simply mean start completely over … 

6. No U-turn

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There is no need to turn around and start from square one in most instances. If you want to be a proven and successful leader, you need to understand how to assist others out of a situation without losing precious work time. Sometimes it’s necessary to go back to the beginning to see where a problem may have occurred, but scrapping all progress (most often) isn’t the answer. That’s why, as a leader, you should know a U-turn is not the best idea. Even when you’re approaching a …

7. Dead end

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As a leader, you should see this coming before it’s too late. Find the alternate path that can avoid this stoppage in workplace progress. With true leadership skills, a team will never reach a dead end and will always be approaching the end goal with a positive flow. That’s because there are …

8. Men working

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And women too (that’s the name of the road sign)! As a successful leader, you’ve managed to find the right path through all the previously passed road signs, and now things are moving exactly as they should be. Those within the team know their task, and the destination is in sight. Now is when, as a leader, you should know there will be …

9. Traffic signal cameras

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As a leader, you should know that those below, lateral to, and above you are going to want evidence of results. You should be willing to stand behind your actions and methods throughout this particular process with pride. As a leader, you should be unafraid of the extra set of eyes on you while on this roadYou should also know that sometimes, you just …

10. Do not enter

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If you truly want to be a leader, there are certain paths you know aren’t right. Some people may tempt you with certain shortcuts. You may even feel tempted to offer those around you shortcuts. But to really be the honest leader you want to be, you won’t cut those corners and will do what is right (i.e. not going the wrong way). Even if the …

11. Road narrows ahead

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Your options in any given situation may seem to be slim. This may make you nervous and want to shy away from the issue. As a true leader, that’s when you know you just need to …

12. Merge ahead

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You see the metaphorical opening ahead, and that puts a smile on your face. Well, it’s time to take a step into a that path and see what happens: inevitably there will be obstacles in that path. As a leader, you have to put yourself and your team out there. To continue or to get things going in the right direction means stepping out in that metaphorical line of traffic and joining the competition. Because the final sign you’ll see is …

13. Route 66

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As a leader, you should be willing to make a decision that could end up being a landmark one. In a sense, take a long look in the mirror and learn how to better understand planning for the future. How does each decision affect you and your career trajectory? The company’s livelihood? Those around you? You know that in successfully leading, the things you decide on a daily basis are things that should be able to stand the test of time.


Taylor Sade

Taylor Sade is a reporter, humorist, and digital-media guru. Since graduating college, he's worked as a freelancer for Distractify, CollegeHumor, Uproxx, and ThoughtCatalog — giving him a unique perspective on the culture of remote employment.

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