Over the past few years I have noticed that my daily actions have changed pretty drastically. I use to set behind computers and run errands for people. Now I make decisions all day long. One day this summer, I had the team count how many people came in who needed answers..I had made 72 decisions before lunch alone.
Today I realize that my role is not to only make decisions, but to make decisions based off choices already made by others. “We didn’t record audio..What do we do?” “Bus left before a student could get on..What should she do?” If she would have chosen to wake up on time, I wouldn’t be making this decision. Reverse leadership is taking what has been handed to you and giving it back prettier than how you received it. Learning how the individuals on your team work will help you learn how to hit back at the curve balls thrown at you.
Leadership is all about course correction. When falling into a situation of “reverse leadership” ask yourself these questions:
Where does this leave us right now?
How far off of the target are we?
Who will be affected by what I’m fixing to do?
If this seems abstract to you and weird…ignore it. If it makes perfect sense congrats you’re a leader. 🙂