When we touch something, we leave a mark. You may not be able to see it in some circumstances, but it is still there. The same thing can be said about projects at work or in different groups that we associate with in our personal life.
We make our mark on anything that we get involved in. It may be our personal approach to the situation that is different than how someone else would have handled it. We need to be aware of how we affect others. What is our priority on the project? Who will it affect and how will it affect them?
Another issue that I see too often is people not accepting responsibility. They may know what the problem is, but are waiting for someone else to fix it. You need to step up and take ownership of the situation. Leave your mark. That is what leaders do. They take ownership.
Does this mean that they will get it right everytime? Definitely not, but that is alright. At least they did something. Too often, everyone leaves a meeting with numerous good ideas and then a few weeks later they wonder why nothing was implemented. It is because no one "owned" the project. No one wanted the responsibility to take charge of the initiatives and put a plan in place to get the results that are needed.
This is where your leadership style leaves your mark on the project. I will leave you with one thought to ponder the next time you look at your thumbprint. What does your leadership style say about you? What kind of mark are you leaving behind?
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