This is inspired by a post elsewhere that's a little old, but hey, it's a pretty evergreen topic and merits visiting and revisiting anyway from time to time. The gist of it is: blog Duct Tape Marketing has identified and explained "five habits that market leaders embrace."
They are as follows: network, participate, teach, cooperate and host.
The key word here in all of this is "habits," in that these aren't things you should be doing whenever you kinda sorta feel like maybe doing them. Even if you're strict and don't want to allow other folks to influence your management style too much, it's pretty tough to find fault with any of these five. You might gravitate more towards and more fascinated with one of them, but they're all essential, even from an objective perspective.
For example, "teach" speaks the most to me at the moment, yes, because I also am now a teacher at Second City, but I also find this is relevant for some of the newer Inc. Well writers I'm nurturing at the moment. Very often I have this conversation:
Them: "I just don't know what I have to offer to teach someone else. My experience isn't that interesting."
Me: "Well, that's the thing. Your experience is your experience, and you're forgetting that nobody else has it. You understand things and take them for granted because they're your hard-won lessons."
Them: "I guess…"
If teaching has taught me anything, it's that we don't realize how much we actually know. I've seen this firsthand when I am lecturing and see my students write down something. It isn't even me making a point per se, but just me stating something I feel is largely inconsequential or is merely being mentioned in the lecture to transition into something else.
Point being: Check out these habits and make them your own, and never ever break 'em.
David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.