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Leadership: Are you leaning in…or falling out?

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join-the-conversationMany of us want to lead, but aren’t sure of the first steps to take in order to get there.

What does it actually MEAN to exercise your leadership in a work situation, and what are you doing now that could be stopping you in your tracks?

Leading others requires leaning in

We hear a lot these days about having a more collaborative mindset, and I’m a big fan of helping teams and organizations collaborate more effectively.

But…the first step to collaborating is to jump in the conversation.

It’s tempting and all-too-easy to stand on the sidelines, either complaining about the status quo or hoping someone else will take the lead.

The truth is, it doesn’t take much to show your bosses that you have leadership potential.

Watch this episode of the Inventive Links Report for a simple step you can take in that direction.

“Those who learned how to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin via @inventivelinks Click To Tweet!

3 Things to Focus on When You Collaborate

1. Learn what matters.

It’s not about just adding to the conversation for the sake of it.  Spend some time before each meeting or discussion to find out what the most mission-critical items are.  Speak to some senior people on the team, or read up on the company goals for the year.  Think about what you can say that will add momentum to what the meeting is about and what the company is eventually aiming to achieve.

2. Find a good time to interject.

Let’s face it.  Some meetings can be downright counter-productive, where the most influential person in the room takes up most of the time to argue their case, or several people end up shouting at each other or giving others the cold shoulder.  Even in these dysfunctional situations, you can shift the energy and focus in the room by making a thoughtful observation or comment when they least expect it.

3. Be respectful.

This isn’t always easy to do, especially in what seems to be a dysfunctional setting.  If you find it hard to respect the people in the room, then at least see if you can respect the reason why you’re meeting in the first place.  Use that to guide your contributions.  Stay above the negative fray as much as you can – it will stand you in good stead over the long term.

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About the author: Maya loves life in the innovation lane. An avid student of life, learning & leadership, she has worked and lived on 3 continents, bringing her globally-minded flair to her clients and personal passions.

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