In this video, Lisa and Elizabeth share how you can navigate the hierarchy by managing where you are, where your boss is, and where your peers are, as well as how to leverage leadership in each stage.
- To lead through your organizational hierarchy…without authority, you need to build credibility.…Think about the advantages and the knowledge you've gathered…and how that may best serve your organization.…For example, if you're in product development,…you have product expertise that informs strategic efforts.…If you're in marketing, you shape the message…for the sales team, and the perception…of your potential customers.…Think about where you've gotten good feedback and results,…and that gives you clues about your expertise.…
Now, you may work with several people who have…similar expertise, but your ability to defines yours…and move it up and down the hierarchy will establish you…as an informal leader.…To move your expertise up the hierarchy,…your best bet is moving through your boss.…Your conversations with your boss…will inform her conversations with her boss.…So the more strategic you are and helpful you are…in those conversations, the more likely your points…will rise up through the ladder.…
To be effective in leading up, speak about areas…
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- Name three ways that you can add value to a meeting.
- Recognize the benefits of including emotional impact in your stories.
- Explain how developing a team mindset can increase efficiency and productivity.
- Identify an easy way to reinforce expectations.
- Determine when it is necessary to tell your boss about a mistake made by a peer.
- Recall the most important benefit of punctuality.