I can’t count the number of times that I have struggled to decide whether or not I should take action…because I didn’t have a title. I hesitated to lead a person or a project because I felt I had no authority to do so.
- Someone else’s project is about to go sideways and I have the ability to help
- Someone else’s process is broken and I have the skills to repair it
- Someone else’s career is stalled and I have insights that can grow them
It’s normal to hesitate. I’ve seen too many leaders use their influence to bully others for their own benefit. I don’t want to be viewed that way by others in the organization. But what if I selflessly used my influence for the benefit of others? Isn’t that different? Isn’t that an honorable and admirable way to lead without authority?
Interestingly, authority seems to be given to people who do.
Thanks for listening.