- Engage in conversation and think about what other people are saying
- Listen to the problems
- Evaluate your own problems or challenges
- Devise a solution
- Write it down, concisely, so you can explain it to others
- Look at the solution logically. If it really works, great. If there are hitches, write them down, too
- When you're talking to those that can "approve" your idea, work your way into it slowly. With luck, the subject will be brought up by the other party. Be ready with the :30 - the "elevator speech" that sells in your idea
- You'll get asked for more. Be prepared with backup
- Make that backup honest. Up front! If there are flaws or elements that need to be worked out, put them out there along with a solution.
- Go back to others whose help you will need and sell the idea in. No doubt, the "approver" will seek counsel from at least one of them
- When the go-ahead comes down, move! Have a plan of attack and execute
- Keep people apprised of the status
- Once executed, rate it fairly and make sure everyone knows
- Do it all with enthusiasm
A lot of work? Sure, but that's leading. Once you get one in the bag, others come more easily and that easing is exponential. It becomes habit.
Leadership isn't being the loudest voice at the table. It's creating or recognizing good ideas, being willing to embrace them then taking the baton and running with it.