A plea to the members: can we get more grassroots?
Hello Leadership -- it seems as though we've reached a cross-roads here at Leadership. While we've been enjoying the posts here for the past few weeks, it perhaps might be time to go a little 'more to ground.'
Grassroots examples of leadership are perhaps where we should be investing the bulk of our time. I, for one, vouch that we start bringing out examples from the people we know from our daily lives and interactions -- the small stuff.
How, for instance, might our lowly bus driver do things in a leading way? Perhaps it's in the way he stacks his change on the dispensing machine -- for those of us accustomed to drivers who administer change -- perhaps it's the way he stacks his transfers on the shelf? Or, if you have subways where you live, maybe it the efficient manner he's able to quickly dispense information about routes and schedules.
Or how about our dry cleaner? For without them delivering our suits and shirts and dresses and skirts on time -- we'd never be able to look our very best for that all-important business meeting.
It all goes back to the small things.
For far too often we get caught up in the big picuture, which has a tendency to cause us to feel powerless, paralysed, and more than a little anxious.
But leadership starts from down below. Micro stuff. The basics. Sometimes - it seems - I wonder where we'd be without all 'em.