I spent the past week in San Diego at a Yardi conference.
It was a nice change from Phoenix-nearly 20 degrees cooler.
I met many interesting people and had some great conversations about leadership and leadership development.
One of the main thoughts that I came how with is this:
You don't need a fancy title or a big budget to make a difference in your workplace or community.
You can lead where you are, with what you have, and who you are. Leadership is not about position or power, but about influence and impact.
You can inspire others, solve problems, create value, and make positive changes by using your strengths, skills, and passions. Here are some tips to help you lead where you are:
Be proactive. Don't wait for permission or instructions to take action. Look for opportunities to improve things, help others, or initiate new projects. Show initiative and ownership of your work and your goals.
Be collaborative. Don't try to do everything by yourself. Seek feedback, input, and support from your colleagues, peers, and mentors. Share your ideas, insights, and resources with others. Build trust and rapport with your team and your network.
Be adaptable. Don't get stuck in your comfort zone or resist change. Embrace challenges, learn new skills, and explore new possibilities. Be flexible and open-minded to different perspectives and approaches. Adjust your plans and strategies as needed.
Be visionary. Don't lose sight of the big picture or the purpose of your work. Have a clear vision of what you want to achieve and why it matters. Communicate your vision to others and inspire them to join you. Align your actions with your values and mission.
Be humble. Don't let ego or pride get in the way of your growth or your relationships. Acknowledge your mistakes, limitations, and areas for improvement. Seek feedback, advice, and guidance from others. Appreciate the contributions and achievements of others.