A leader is someone who impacts others.
Which means, just about anyone could be a leader. That is true in my mind. We are all leaders. At least, we all have the ability to show up as a leader, if we choose to.
The problem is, we don’t always choose to.
Instead think about how often we sit back and blame others, abdicating our responsibility for the outcome of any situation.
Have you ever ran for a public office?
No? But do you complain about the way your city or province is run? What do you do to positively impact the situation? I mean … other than complaining?
I am just as guilty
Don’t get me wrong. I am just as guilty. I have been known on occasion to grumble about the way a local volunteer organization is ran; yet I’ve done nothing to support them.
I get it, we all do it.
What I am suggestion though, is that if we choose to, it can be a whole different experience for everyone involved.
Here is what I believe
You, me, we, any of us can all choose to step into leadership.
We can all influence others. What makes a great leader stand out, however, is not only their ability to impact, but their ability also to inspire others.
Great leader stand out from others because they inspire those around them towards positive, good or worthy purposes.
A bully on a playground can influence his peers to hit the little guy. Not very inspiring is it?
Are you guilty?
Yet how different is that from a staff member spreading gossip at about the supervisor? How different is a bully on the playground from someone gossiping about how unorganized the new leader is. This person is simply influencing their fellow peer to look for the ineffectiveness in the new leader rather than what they have to offer.
It's time to step into Leadership
Whether you are a frontline staff, team lead, supervisor or manager you have the ability to demonstrate leadership often. It is about impacting and inspiring others to be the best version of themselves and to have the most positive impact on the world around them.
How do you do that?
3 Ways to step into leadership by inspiring those around you
1) Be passionate about what you believe in. When you are passionate, you are on fire. Your energy is strong. Your drive rubs off on others. Get excited. Talk about what you believe in. Encourage others to join you in the cause.
e.g. If you believe you could involve your clients in the community more, figure out how to do that. Do some research. Ask others what they think. Invite others to try new ways of approaching the task.
2) If you are looking for integrity in your organization, demonstrate that others can trust you.
e.g. If someone shares something confidential with you, keep it private! Don’t go gossiping about it to others. If you say you will take on a job. Do it.
3) Think outside the box. Be creative in your work. Look towards innovative ideas. When you do this, you inspire others to also look for creative ways of handling challenges.
e.g. Suggest shorter staff meetings, with a single focus. Take on the initial responsibility of making sure all the “need to know” that usually is shared at staff meeting gets shared in another way. i.e. The supervisor could make a 10 minute recording or video to share the stuff they might normally share via “lecture” at staff meeting.
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