You don’t need a title to influence.
One aspect of being new to the workplace is that you probably won’t initially find yourself in a position of authority.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t be a leader. Leading isn’t a matter of having a certain job. It’s a call to action no matter where you are in the organization.
Certainly and foremost, you must lead yourself. You’ll probably also find situations where you have the ability to exert informal leadership influence in your work group or in cross-functional teams.
Geoff Bellman writes the following in his book Getting Things Done When You Are Not in Charge:
When you lead, others understand your values and ideas.
You do not always have to speak with words; often actions suffice.
John Baldoni makes similar note in the blog I’ve attached below, when he writes:
If you have brothers and sisters … then you know the frequent complaint:
“You’re not the boss of me.” With peers, you do not boss — you lead —
and most often you do it by setting the right example.
If you can set the right example, if you can bring your values and ideas to life, you can – you must – lead.
What is your leadership call to action?