Influence always outpaces authority. —Clay Scroggins
On Today’s Episode:
- Carla and I talk about how to lead when you’re not in charge
- Young leaders can struggle to figure out what it looks like to lead even when they do not make the decisions
- Girl Scouts teach young women they are in charge
- Three tips to leading when you’re not in charge
At Southwest Michigan First, we have an axiom that addresses this desire to lead at all levels. We call it being the “ceo of our own responsibilities” and it encourages the team to lead their responsibilities like they are the chief executive officer of that area. This teaches staff at all levels that they own their role, which fosters a sense of trust and commitment from both sides. Remember: Leadership is not a title, it is a behavior. It is the act of getting people to do something that is in their best interest, whether you have the authority to command those people or not.
I love to talk about leadership, culture and high performing teams. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, feel free to drop me a line, email me directly via firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @ronkitchens.
Question: What are your tips for people starting their careers to lead when they are not technically in charge?