Leadership comes in many forms and doesn’t necessarily need a title. Having the courage to reach a decision; articulate a position and lead by doing are easy ways to impact a desired outcome. Some may be reticent to take the plunge – put themselves out there for potential criticism and exposure. But not taking action can also be a conscious decision and end in missed opportunities or an end-result that doesn’t hit the mark. If it’s not in your nature to lead from the top of the line, consider starting with a small project or decision. Maybe it’s a committee where you take ownership or a business decision that requires an innovative approach. Spend time learning your audience and colleagues; their styles of communication and overall team dynamics. Success is often built on relationships and getting to know others is part of the journey.
An entrepreneurial path often requires a courageous type of leadership. Perhaps resources and infrastructure are limited and leadership is more than just an investment of your time and talent. It may mean financial investment in your business, concept or another associate. And that’s when it gets serious! The ability to lead with certainty is an art with no guaranteed outcome. Developing your networking and interpersonal skills in concert with the technical business side are fundamental to your leadership path. Map out where you need reinforcement, set your goals and LEAD! Your path will help to impact and motivate others along the way.