"Leadership is not about titles and positions, there are people with no titles who lead every day. … Leadership is about making a positive difference.”Carly Fiorina, former CEO of HP
Hear, hear, Carly!
So, how can you be a leader without a title?
Here are 10 ways you can get started - today!
Do something that needs to be done without anyone asking you to do it.
Volunteer to take minutes at a meeting & distribute to everyone within 24 hours.
Make a suggestion at work about how 1 process could be improved.
Find a charity or cause you’re passionate about and contribute your time & skills.
When someone at work is struggling with a task, offer your help.
Talk with your manager about 1 area in which you want to develop your skills & come up with a plan to achieve that.
Start a ‘Thought for the Week’ posted in your staff room or coffee area. (quotes, cartoons, something in the news for people to think about).
Suggest your team has a monthly morning tea together to celebrate all the team members’ birthdays that fall in that month.
Set up a great waste recycling system at work for paper, glass – maybe even light globes and mobile phones.
Thank and compliment people – frequently!
Leaders take initiative - they don't wait to be asked and they don't wait for permission. They use their judgement and common sense. They lead by doing things that others don't do. They are willing to be 'uncommon' and act in positive ways for the benefit of all concerned.
I recently attended a three-day women’s festival that I attended for the first time in 2016. It’s never the same the second, third or umpteenth time around is it? First of all, there’s that ‘first time newness’ that we can only get once. “Wow! Look at that!” “Goodness, that’s amazing!” And so on … because we are seeing things through fresh, first-time eyes.
In our subsequent visits, while we look for that same magic, but logically know it will be different than our beloved ‘first-time’. We then start to notice what’s not there that we liked the previous year(s), and lament “But I really liked that!”
So this year, I decided to focus instead on what was new, different and intriguing. And that’s how I came across The Release Tree.