Leading without a title: it’s tough, it’s risky, it’s not always as efficient as leading with a title. And sometimes you feel like you’re running uphill because you’re often seen as having no authority. But leadership goes beyond the CEO or the shareholder or owner, but they are not the only person in the organization who matters.
And even though I have a title now, I still lead without a title. It takes trust. People want to follow you when they can trust you. Trust is earned and developed over time, it’s not easy, and it requires a focus on helping, serving, consistency, and a genuine concern for the job and the people you are responsible for. It takes a lot of time and effort to build all that and to learn to look for opportunity.
Join me as I talk with Janet Smith Meeks about this other type of leadership in part two of our two-part interview.