Leading from wherever

In a post on thinking about where you sit I introduced a model of every organisation’s structure, with you at it’s centre.

where-are-you

So how do you lead from within? From below and to the side?

We tend to think of “leadership advice” as being designed to help the leader sitting up high build success by working better with the group of people supposed to follow her. In other words, it’s always about leading from above.

But just about every leadership lesson ever written can be applied whatever your situation.

For example… Many lists of leadership characteristics state that leaders must have vision and focus. The image we tend to draw from this is the CEO painting an inspiring picture of a shining future and keeping the troops clear-minded on the one or two key things needed to get there.

But this idea applies to everyone.

Your organisation may have a top-level leader who has set a clear “vision”. So what is YOUR vision for what that means in YOUR part of the business? Or for YOUR role in the hierarchy?

What are the one or two things YOU need to focus on in order to bring that local vision into being? The things that should be on YOUR important but not urgent to do list?

Whatever the leadership technique or approach or idea, wherever you sit in the hierarchy, you can ask yourself “How can apply this to my work, from where I am, in a way that helps our organisation get better?”

Successful organisations challenge and encourage all of their people to think this way.

Start doing so without encouragement and you’ll be leading powerfully from within.

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