From the Boomer Bridging the Gap blog.
The new collaborative workforce has turned the rules of leadership upside down and shaken them vigorously for good measure. Where there was once a fairly defined hierarchy—Boss A tells Worker B what to do and B does it—there’s now a flat landscape where everyone is expected to take the reins as needed. That means if B has an idea—a way to make a process more efficient or a new way to get client feedback—he or she is allowed, even expected, to make it happen.
In other words, everyone is now a leader. This is great news for entrepreneurially minded staff—but it does pose a challenge for an employee who wants to create change but doesn’t “officially” run the show.
It can be more challenging for employee-led grassroots ideas to spark change, but it can be done. While you may not have the long term resource commitment your leaders do, you can still be proactive—and successful—if you have a clear vision and a firm commitment.
Being an advocate for change, regardless of where you fall in the organizational chart, can put you in the position of being a team leader—and someone who has great career potential. If you’d like to start sparking positive change within your organization read on for ten ways to be proactive: