• Nazareth Black

How to Be a Leader for Your Friends

You might not think of yourself as the leader of your friend group, but you actually are! It’s important to embrace this role and use it to your advantage. If you’re nervous about stepping up to the plate or don’t know where to start, here are some tips on how to be a leader in your friend group that will help you get started.

1. Become Selfless⁠

The hardest part of being a leader is learning how to be selfless. A good leader always puts his or her peers first. This kind of leadership is not really about power; it’s about trust and respect. If you want to be someone your friends look up to, you have to step out of your comfort zone and be willing to do things for others that don’t necessarily benefit you. Never compromise who you are as an individual, but offer guidance with humility and strength when necessary.⁠

2. Truly Show Them Their Worth⁠

If you’re trying to lead your friends, it’s important that they feel like their contributions are valued and respected. When you communicate with your team, give them specific feedback as often as possible. Point out how they are adding value to both themselves and others. The point is not just about words; it’s about showing them you notice them and their efforts. In addition, ask open-ended questions like What do you think we should do next? or Is there anything I can be doing better? What would make our group stronger? These questions show that you are invested in helping yourself and others improve because of your leadership skills, which will ultimately make everyone more confident in what they bring to your table.⁠

3. Create Opportunities

There are many ways you can be a leader. Whether you’re organizing group outings, planning movie nights, or helping someone else stay motivated, it helps to lead by example. While leading doesn’t mean being overbearing and taking over tasks (if they want help, give them space), take an active role in your friend’s lives—it's one of many ways you can show how much you care. For example, be supportive when someone is going through tough times—even if they seem invincible or always have their act together. People are humans just like everyone else and we all need friends who support us.

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