Being a leader at work doesn't necessarily mean having a fancy title or a corner office. Courtney Lynch, founder of Lead Star in Fairfax, Va., says leaders establish themselves through their actions and their reputations. "Leaders set a positive example, make timely decisions, and they keep their emotional resolve in times of stress," says Lynch. "They dedicate themselves to contributing to their company's success. The fastest way to stand out in any department is to be a leader."