We exist in unprecedented times. We’re more divided than ever before. We exist under constant threat and stress. The world needs leaders who are ready to face complex challenges and ever-evolving dynamics.
Could you be one of those leaders?
We assume that leadership comes with a title like CEO or SVP. You can be a leader at any level! You might not have the authority of the organization, but you can still be a leader. Leadership happens in many ways, in many different forms. It’s easiest to see leaders at the top because they’re the most visible. It’s harder to see the ones who lead without big titles.
I know many leaders who are transforming their communities every single day. They have middle management titles, yet their activities have a huge impact. You don’t have to get caught up in titles. You can effect change and be a leader without any title if you really want to. Leadership happens formally, but it also happens informally.
Maybe you organize your coworkers to volunteer locally. Maybe you’re spending time with underserved community members, helping them build something that improves their neighborhoods. Leaders aren’t always loud about their efforts. Leadership isn’t about the glory. It’s about the impact.
Maybe you’ve always assumed that you needed someone else’s permission to be a leader. You don’t. In fact, sometimes finding leadership roles and taking them on (or creating them) helps you to be perceived as a leader at work. Several of my clients have stepped up in nonprofit or faith-based organizations to develop and demonstrate leadership capabilities, and it’s resulted in them getting promoted.
Are there ways for you to step up that you haven’t considered? Are there ways you’re stepping up that you haven’t brought into your career?