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How to Lead from a Position of Non-Leadership

To be a leader, you don’t need permission from others. In truth, most persons are promoted to official leadership positions after demonstrating exceptional leadership abilities. Most experts advise that if you have great job ambitions, you should take every opportunity to prove yourself capable of far more than your current role. Taking on the role of the leader will benefit not only you but everyone around you. Honing your leadership skills will improve the culture of your workplace, increase the efficiency of your entire team, and raise the bar for job quality. 

In this RisePath article, we discuss some ideas for leading from within your team and advancing your career.

How to Lead

1. Set an example

“Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion; you fall to the level of your training,” says one US Navy SEAL slogan. That is why the Navy SEAL training programme is so demanding. Instead of settling for ordinary results, SEALS strive for excellence. This type of leadership achievement doesn’t come quickly; you’ll need to plan ahead of time.

They put in long hours, watch out for others, and keep their eyes on the larger picture. Your peers will naturally look to you for direction if you put in the effort to build that commitment and viewpoint. Your efforts will motivate them to work more, and they will see you as an expert, approaching you with any queries or issues.

Craftsmanship is more important than enthusiasm.

However, make sure you devote yourself to hard effort sensibly. Spreading yourself too thin by taking on too many responsibilities will only detract from your ability to focus and master key abilities. Instead, you should identify a specific area of work in which you may work toward expertise.

But which option should you take? The majority of people strive to find a job that they enjoy. However, just following your “passion” will not lead to a rewarding profession. Understand that having a passion entails sticking to a preconceived image of what you could enjoy. This will lead to job-hopping, discontent, and a lack of career direction. Instead, workmanship contributes to advancement in one’s job. Find a field of expertise that aligns with your values and go all-in. Switch to something else if you don’t improve rapidly. With mastery comes passion, which will drive you to keep going and expand your knowledge. You’ll be the best employee on the team in no time, and you’ll be leading by example without even realizing it.

2. Empowerment to lead

People in positions of authority are joyful, but not for the reasons you may imagine. According to research, power makes individuals feel “more authentic to themselves,” forcing them to act on their principles. Employee engagement and general happiness rose as a result of this genuineness.

Extraverted leaders are more likely to take charge and delegate. Introverted leaders, on the other hand, want to give their staff the freedom to make their own decisions. Great leaders, according to a leadership expert, are “ambidextrous.” They know when to save their team, but they also know when to step back and let their staff take the initiative.

Obtain power through granting power.

How do you offer power when you don’t have any? If you’re not yet in a leadership position and don’t have the authority to delegate responsibilities, how do you give power when you don’t have any? For this, we can learn from Augustus, the Roman emperor who “excelled all in influence, although having no formal power.” You don’t have to be in a position of authority to have a great impact on the people you work with. The best strategy to encourage people to take initiative within your team is to assist them in overcoming obstacles. When most people run into difficulties, they give up and return to their old habits. If you care about someone’s achievement, however, you won’t take no for an answer. This could entail assembling a multi-functional team or assisting a teammate in obtaining the resources they require. You’ll motivate others to do better work and contribute to a culture of trust and respect.

3. Lead By: Design

There’s a third method to leadership. There are people who lead by example, and there are those who lead by design. t often, bringing Seagate Technologies to the forefront of the industry. You’re limited by your own capacity if you lead by example or empower others. A single person can only accomplish so much. But, with the appropriate systems in place, you can help your entire team reach their full potential, both now and long after you’re gone.

Set up procedures.

Leading by design is the most successful and accessible type of leadership. Any team member can suggest a new tool or a more efficient method, and if they can get the entire team on board, it will be adopted. Here are a few ideas for increasing the efficiency of your team:

  • Modify your project management strategy (PMM). Many teams naturally use what is known as the waterfall methodology. They move from one duty to the next in a logical order. However, there are numerous PMMs that enable teams to operate asynchronously and maintain momentum when they hit roadblocks.
  • Look for communication-simplifying tools. The issue with small teams is that information is not centralised and can easily go lost. Look for a solution that fits your team and helps you to keep track of all tasks and information in one location.
  • Include automation. Every day, rewriting the same email or checking multiple inboxes in the morning takes time away from everyone’s workday. To save time, use automation technologies to automate time-consuming operations.

Documentation is the finest technique to offer fresh ideas from a non-management position. Outline the current process and its inefficiencies, then describe how the proposed system will work. Make sure you can show your management and team quantitative results (“we’ll save x minutes per week, service y more clients, etc.).

You are not your job description

If responsibility isn’t part of your job description, it’s easy to avoid it. However, if you want to be a leader, you can’t be constrained by your title. You’ll need to make an effect on your team to prove yourself. You must lead by example, help peers achieve personal success, and contribute to long-term good changes in your organization’s structure. If you can do that, anything is possible.

Asha patel

Asha has been a program manager, project manager and product manager for multiple Fortune 500 global companies. She has experience with implementing many successful technology, operations and product management projects.

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