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Lead Anyway…

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on May 10, 2011

Have you ever found yourself in a situation that called for someone to step up? You looked around the room and no one was doing it. You had the desire but you had more fear, so you didn’t? So many of these opportunities come and go. Usually, after they have gone, we kick ourselves for not just going for it and taking a chance. You go over in your head how it would have played out.

So often we let fear rule us. We don’t always know why we are afraid. It could be that we are afraid of what others will say. It could be fear of failure. It could also be fear of success. I am someone who has always taken risks. I can’t tell you why, only that I have always been that way. I remember an experience early on with a situation that called for someone to step up. And I did.

I was involved in a program that was designed to build teams across all levels of an organization and to build a shared philosophy around leadership. There was one particular session where a guest speaker gave the group instructions for an exercise. She told us (something like 80-90 people) to get in order by our birth date. Then, she stepped away from the microphone with no opportunity for further questions. After a brief silence, the room started to buzz as people tried to figure out the best way to go about it.

I realized that someone needed to step up since there were too many different people in the room trying to figure it out. No obvious leader was taking charge. So I talked it over with another attendee and we walked up to the microphone and made a suggestion. Not only were people relieved to have direction, but they immediately moved to follow the instructions suggested. Well, most of them did. I mean, what were the stakes really? What did they have to lose by following a sound suggestion?

The presenter asked the small group of non-followers, why they had not gone along with the group. One of them was the leader of my organization. She was the one to speak up. In fact, all of the people in that group were leaders of their organizations (though some leaders of organizations did follow). Her response was “why should I follow her? Who is she to tell us what to do?”

???? I was surprised too, especially given the stakes.

When asked why the others did follow, they mostly responded that they were grateful that someone did step up and the suggestion was a solid one that got the job done.

I wasn’t too rattled by my leaders response, just disappointed by her attitude. But in the end, I kept on being me and didn’t let her assessment of me stop me from taking risks and learning new things. Despite what she thought or what others may have thought, I had many opportunities presented to me. I did my best to seize the moments and learn. I did not always succeed, but I always learned.

So I say GO FOR IT. Take a chance. Choose to lead and let others think what they will. It is your life after all.

Thank you again for all of your emails. I appreciate the topic suggestions and am working on including them in my future blogs. I do not have the answers, but I always have thoughts. Won’t you share yours?


One Response to “Lead Anyway…”

  1. I say “go for it” too. It feels better and after a (short) while going for it becomes the norm and then, guess what, you’re living a fuller life…. Thanks Georgianna!!

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