Initiative is our first step towards leadership.
It’s leading the Army of One on all the missions where only we can go (and perhaps only where we want to go).
It’s the 10 seconds it takes to step forward and put up our hands to volunteer for something new.
Before you lead others, you need to lead yourself.
Want your team to start commenting their code?
Start commenting your code.
Want your team to come to meetings having read last week’s action items?
Start reading last week’s action items.
Becoming a Leader starts with you and the ability to lead yourself, when you’re down and out, wanting to give up, ready to throw in the towel.
If you can lead yourself through that, you can lead a team through anything.