Monday, April 03, 2006

Leading without Power

It's tough to walk in a job and lead people. There are a lot of things you have to establish before people will follow you.

Managing without Authority
Trust & Respect. You need to gain this from others in your team or company. Make positive impressions on others by keeping your lines of communication open, give your views and let the group critique them and do things for others. Help others out when they need it and make sure you get them done on time. These will all start building on how well people trust and respect you.

Individual Interests. Everyone has motives for what they do and everyone is interested in slightly different things. Keep communication open and let people let their ideas out. The team can decide together on what the best ideas are. Keep your ego on the backburner, most people aren't impressed by this.

Show Your Interest. Stand up and take blame when needed and maybe even take the blame for another team member if you were partly at fault. Don't be self-centered, everyone makes mistakes so fess up.

Lead by Example. Don't say one thing and then do another. Lead with your values and stick to them. If someone does something good, commend them for it and make sure others recognize.

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