In most organizations, there is intense competition for recognition and promotion. Everyone wants "Authority."
Seth Godin, the irrepressible writer on marketing and the new economy, suggests taking a different approach. In a recent blogpost, he wrote:
"It turns out you can get a lot done if you just take more responsibility instead. It's often offered, rarely taken."
Accept accountability. Volunteer to get things done. Take responsibility for organizing, planning, monitoring, quality control, and meeting deadlines. Other people will shy away from such responsibilities, so you'll get your chance to shine. Leaders are looking for you.
One other tip from Seth:
"You can get even more done if you give away credit, relentlessly."
Seth tends to be a bit of a utopian, but I think he is right in this. Some people will always get ahead through politicking, but many more will succeed through attitude and accepting accountability.
Happy Labour Day! Leaders are looking for you.