How to Lead When You’re Not In Charge – Pt. 1 of 2

BOTTOM LINE:
Anyone can leverage their influence, even when they lack authority.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:
Everyone is in charge of something—something they are responsible for doing. As a person understands that responsibility, they have the potential to make it better by leveraging whatever influence they have within that responsibility.

1. Leading Yourself

  • You don’t have to be in charge to take charge.
  • Take charge of your own development; leading yourself is your responsibility.
  • If you lead yourself well, you ensure that you’ll always be well led.

2. Choosing Positivity

  • The greatest thing you can bring to your team is not your education, experience, insight, or ideas. The greatest thing you can bring to your team is the energy of a positive attitude.
  • Positivity is powerful and adds value.
  • When leading without authority, these two questions will define your approach:

Not helpful: “How can I lead when I don’t have all the authority I need?”

Helpful: “How should I lead with the opportunity I have?”

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION OR TEAM DISCUSSION:
1. What am I in charge of, and how can I create an “oasis of excellence” for those areas?
2. How well am I leading myself? In what ways can I better lead myself?
3. How can I improve my attitude toward projects that I have not had a chance to weigh in on, but for which I am responsible?

RESOURCES MENTIONED:
1. How To Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins
2. The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni     

 

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