I was reminded today how easy it is to be the person that people look to. Most of the time, what you need to do is say, “Can I help this way?” and let people decide whether or not they want you to help.
Today for me, it involved sending an email to do something that no-one else seemed interested in doing. By sending an email, I suddenly because of the perceived ‘leader’ of a simple office practice. The most interesting thing is that because I sent the email, I also got to set the parameters and expectations. Some people liked it; some people didn’t. The interesting part of today’s experience is:
- I would prefer it if someone else sent that email (less work for me.)
- The parametres were interesting and intended to test the willingness to participate. But if someone didn’t want to participate, I tried to make that an acceptable option also. But in the end, because I sent the email, I got to define the ‘rules.’ (Which also meant that I could have been pushy or kind. I hope that my approach came across as kind.)
- I am not sure how many people recognize that they could be the leader. It merely requires a single email and a conversation with a local store.
I think we miss many opportunities because we don’t step up. Do you want to be a recognized business leader? Step up. Do you want to lead others to a massive impact? Step forward and tell people where you are going. Do you want to be the next [fill-in-the-blank]? Step forward. Pick yourself, don’t wait for other people to pick you.