If you’ve ever read my blog posts or listened to the Big Promo Cast, you’ll know that I am a very busy person. I usually have several irons in the fire and am fiercely passionate about everything in which I’m involved. Among them is a project that I’m currently working on as the assistant project manager. My role as the right-hand-woman to the person in charge has seemed to take on a life of its own. You see, Ashley (the lovely woman who is running the project) is even busier than I am. Because of this, sometimes things start to fall through the cracks. Life can be that way when you have too much going on. So it’s my job to make sure that everyone is on the same page and each aspect of this project is handled.
I have a tendency to take on this type of role in everything that I do. Even if I’m not placed in a leadership role, it’s my mission to make sure that everything gets handled. I follow up with others and ask those in charge if there is anything else that needs addressed or taken care of. I create easy ways to communicate and organize. And, of course, I encourage and support everyone.
Through all of my endeavors, I’ve learned a thing or two about leadership – which isn’t always the same thing as management. Leaders can come from anywhere in an organization. Whether it’s your crew lead, CEO, or janitor, a leader is simply someone who is wiling to take charge of a situation. Leaders are also great at delegation. They are able to guide others, assign tasks, and then step back to allow everyone to do their jobs.
Maybe your management has made it difficult for you – and everyone else – to complete projects. Become a leader and help out. You don’t need to step on toes in order to do this. Simply take the information you have, take some initiative, and get things done.