Watch Out For These Opportunities to Lead

Not In Front?
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Leading doesn't necessarily have to come from the front. Anyone can and should lead regardless of title, charisma or genius. Think you have what it takes to be a great leader but not convinced the top execs in your organization will take you seriously? Download the first chapter of Do Lead today and get started leading from within. 


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Leadership is Dynamic

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Leadership is not just a skill you pick up in your second semester of grad school, nor is it a skill held only by the most charismatic in-front leaders. By acknowledging that leadership doesn't have to come from the front, it frees us from the constraints of misperception.

Leadership is a dynamic, ever-changing set of inter-relationships. Download the first chapter of Do Lead today and learn how to lead when you aren't in-front. 


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Everyone's a Leader

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Photo By Martin Wessely, Unsplash.com

 

There are extreme situations where having an in-front leader calling the shots is necessary; usually in times of immediate danger or crisis. The majority of interactions, however, are not this dire and actually benefit from having a variety of leaders contributing. 

"Whether it's building a strategic plan, launching a new product, running a kids' soccer league or managing a non-profit, having access to leadership throughout the enterprise is a major advantage in that it brings a variety of perspectives, experience, and skills to bear."

It's important to recognize that leadership doesn't always have to come from the front. There are many ways that members of the organization can contribute regardless of their title. Download the first chapter of Do Lead today and start learning how to inspire leadership within all of your team members. 


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How to Lead When You Aren't In-Front

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photo by Caleb George Morris, unsplash.com

 

Think you have what it takes to be a great leader but feel your "title" is holding you back? Brimming with ideas but aren't being given a platform to speak up during meetings? Tired of only being taken seriously when it's time to do a coffee-run? 

Good news--just because you aren't a top level exec doesn't mean your skills aren't needed to help move the enterprise forward--it just means you are going to have to be a bit more strategic when it comes to being heard and making progress. 

There are many advantages of having access to leadership throughout the enterprise including increased creativity and diversity, and better-quality decision-making. Below you will find a list of ways to help you start leading when you aren't already an in-front exec. 

1. Understand the cultural/political dynamics of the organization.

Don't run the risk of being seen as an opinionated jerk. Instead, spend some time scoping out signs that "leading from within" is encouraged and accepted.

2. Know your leadership style.

Your place of authority comes from your natural leadership style. Don't know your leadership style? Take the quiz to find out here. 

3. Match the issue to your style. 

Focus on issues that match your leadership style; those that you have a heightened attraction to. 

4. Watch for vacuums, blockages, on and off ramps. 

Don't just dive in. Learn to look for opportunities to make such contributions such as by filling a vacuum, removing a blockage, or creating an on or off ramp. 

5. Contribute.

Lead from within only if you are doing so in the spirit of contribution. "Here is something I'm giving to the team to help us move forward."

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Multi-Faceted Leadership = Better Decision-Making

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Image by Paula Borowska Unsplash.com

 

You'll have a far better success rate at implementing decisions if those involved with putting them in to practice have a high degree of buy-in to the original decision. 

Ever ask your teenager what an acceptable curfew for him and his siblings would be? You might be surprised at his answer. 

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