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Can you lead from a non-leadership position?
October 02, 2018

Can you lead when you are at “the bottom” of the organization?

  • Can you lead from a non-leadership position?
  • Can you lead when you don’t have - not even - one single direct report?
  • Can you lead when you are at “the bottom” of the organization?
  • Can you lead when your direct supervisor - your boss - doesn’t listen to you?
  • Can you lead when upper management doesn’t pay attention to your suggestions?

    What is the answer to all these questions?

    All these questions have two answers:

  • The short answer
  • The long answer

    And in essence - both answers are identical.

    The short answer to all these questions is a resounding “YES”

    The long answer is the following:

    First of all - let’s define the verb, “to lead”

    FIRST:

    In Broad Terms - to lead is …

  • To set a vision and strategy within your sphere of influence
  • To clearly communicate it to stakeholders
  • To motivate the stakeholders to build your vision

    No matter where you work in the organization - no matter what you do - you can always …

  • Set a vision and strategy
  • Clearly communicate it to relevant stakeholders
  • And motivate them to build it

    How do you “motivate” you might ask?
    You motivate by satisfying basic human needs.

    If your vision doesn’t satisfy any human needs - your vision is useless - and you won’t motivate anybody.

    For example:

    Let’s assume you are at the bottom of the organization and you don’t have not even one single direct report - let’s say you are a janitor.

    And your vision is to take a six-month vacation in the island of Tahiti in a five-star hotel with all expenses paid.

    Your vision won’t motivate anybody in your company to help you build your vision.

    But if your vision is to have a radically much cleaner company building without increasing any costs - chances are that you will motivate relevant stakeholders (upper management and employees) to help you build your vision.

    SECOND:

    In Specific Terms - to lead is …

  • To build high quality WORK relationships with the people you interact with
  • To build high quality PERSONAL relationships with the people you interact with
  • To be proactive and take the initiative
  • To perform at your best and exceed expectations

    Once again:

    No matter where you work in the organization - no matter what you do - you can always …

  • Build high quality WORK relationships with the people you interact with
  • Build high quality PERSONAL relationships with the people you interact with
  • Be proactive and take the initiative
  • Perform at your best and exceed expectations

    Going back to your original question:

  • Can you lead from a non-leadership position?

    Of course you can!

    And the answer is not only, “yes - you CAN”
    The answer is also, “yes - you MUST”

    In other words - you must always be a leader - no matter where you are in the organization.

    Now … you also asked:

  • Can you lead when your direct supervisor - your boss - doesn’t listen to you?
  • Can you lead when upper management doesn’t pay attention to your suggestions?

    Besides the obvious, “yes” answer - there is more …

    When you behave as a leader - you begin to create results.

    And “results” are the best way to be noticed.

    When you create results - people start paying attention to you.

    And as you already know … creating results is the best way to get promoted.

    Conclusion:

    Behave as a leader - always - no matter where you are in the organization.




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    Joseluis Romero - Publisher
    www.Skills2Lead.com
    October 2, 2018. Copyright: All rights reserved
    I publish "Leader Newsletter" on the first Tuesday of every month
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