There are times when we are called to step outside of our expected roles and do what it takes to get the job done. This is called “leadership”. Are you willing to do what it takes to get the job done?
3 Action Steps to being more willing:
- Do you wait for others to respond first?
When you’re willing, you respond first. Don’t wait for others. If there’s something to do that needs to be done, do it. Don’t evaluate it, don’t assume someone else will do it. You do it.
- Do you blame others for not responding?
We can spend a lot of time and energy blaming others and complaining that others aren’t doing their share. Don’t fall into this trap. Lead by example, even when the task is not your job. Others will follow. Servant Leadership is the ability to do whatever it takes for the good of the organization and the team. Sometimes it means you do the worst jobs. Don’t let pride keep you from being a leader.
- Are you afraid?
Fear has a way of paralyzing us. It keeps us from doing things that we know we should be doing. Learn to identify fear in your life, and don’t let it keep you from moving. When fear comes, talk it through. Identify where it’s coming from, if it’s rational and what you should do about it. Our first response when fear comes is to simply say “NO”. Before you say no, think it through. Don’t let fear win!