When you run into a problem, do you see it as permanent or temporary?
It is refreshing when your leader is not the center of your work. Rather, it’s the purpose that is clear. Your leader is almost invisible.
You are just doing what you think is best. You might not go with the flow. You might go against the grain. For this, you gain a bit of a reputation as a rebel. Later, that might change. It may be found that you indeed a visionary.
When you don’t feel very proud of your personal performance, it can be easy to believe that what you have done is not worth much. Sometimes we may be surprised to find out that our work was more impactful or had been more meaning than we otherwise thought.
You do yourself and your audience a disservice when you preface your talk with why we shouldn’t listen.
We all come from somewhere, often somewhere humble. Even from these humble beginnings, each of us as normal people can accomplish great things. So don’t discount yourself.
We find motivation in many ways. Some motivations will prove to be more reliable than others. There are barriers to start and keep going – to act. Sometimes looking within ourselves for motivation will be more helpful than other sources. We can be better able to put ourselves out there and make of our lives what we desire.
There are things that each of us can do to show leadership in the role we’re already in. Title is not required to make a real change in ourselves or to have a real impact on the people, organizations, and efforts around us. This book reads like a series of standalone sections that have wonderful stories or illustrations to share compelling ways we can show leadership. The anecdotes are engaging and inspiring.
When we are seeking a new position or an advancement in our current career path, we are asking others to take a chance on us. Hiring managers, peers, teams, whole companies are among those that we ask to take a chance on and trust us to do a new thing. Sometimes the most important person to convince in taking a chance on us is ourself.