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What to Do First?

When we see a need for change what should be the first thing to do in order to get off to a good start?

The subject of leadership and change go together because leaders are associated with being agents of change. Credible leaders are those who recognize a need, why the proposed action should be done, know what to do next, and how to bring about successful outcome.

Consider This:

No matter where all the great leaders have come from in the past, clearly there is a consistent need for leaders to emerge today.

Our workplaces, our schools and our governments need, or more appropriately – are crying out – for strong leadership. Many people are born as leaders and we see them around us. But clearly there are not enough of these folks to fill the leadership voids.

Pick an area of passion or need in your life. This could be in your kids’ schools, local government, a non-profit organization in your area, or even a worldwide issue that continues to pull at your heart.

What is it that you see, why are you passionate about it, and what would you like to see improved?

It is this natural pull or calling from within your being that is the seed for action and leadership within you.

Take these steps to begin leading without authority:

  • Recognize a need. Don’t brush it off as a passing feeling or emotion. Explore your prompting – there is a reason why you’ve become aware of the potential need your considering.  Think about how you are perfectly suited to contribute to the need.
  • Find a way to get involved. Make a phone call, send an email, post your ideas to an organization’s blog, or create your own blog communicating directly by calling others’ attention to the need you see.
  • Support your passion in a way that is aligned with who you are and what you are capable of doing. Start where you are and continue to live out your calling.
  • Learn as much as possible about the subject. While you recognize the urgent need for the issue, learning more only helps you to be more effective in focusing your message and contributing your best.
  • Give voice to the need by inviting others to recognize it as well. Be assured that there are other people in your community with the same feelings, promptings and needs. Discover a way for you to connect with them and act together toward a common goal.

We must lead from where we are and contribute our best for those who will follow after us. All you need to do is take that first step.