Leaderly Quote: Leadership is not about making a big splash…

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Taking on a challenging “stretch” assignment is a great way to break out of a career rut, develop a broader set of professional skills or establish new leadership credentials. But before taking on a big, risky, highly visible assignment, says Nina Simosko, consider starting with a smaller success.

“We all like to make a ‘splash'”, says Simosko, CEO of NTTi3, “but taking on a large challenge also comes with risk and additional pressure.”

“Volunteering to present at the national sales kickoff, for example, will put you squarely in the line of sight of your organization’s leadership. They will know your name, voice and the way you move on stage. They will scrutinize your presentation and speech – and this may be exactly what you want.”

So if you want to lead a highly visible project, start by creating a series of smaller successes. This way, you can build up a track record, build your confidence, build others’ confidence that you can deliver, and gradually expand your leadership capabilities.

“Leadership is not about making a big splash. It’s a sustained commitment over time,” says Simosko.

Read more from Nina Simosko in her article, Saying Yes to High Visibility Projects – 5 Steps to Success.

Jo Miller

Jo is Founding Editor of Be Leaderly, CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching, Inc., and creator of the Women’s Leadership Coaching® system, a roadmap for women who want to break into leadership. She has traveled in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East to deliver keynotes and workshops, and counts being the only Aussie women’s leadership coach in Iowa among her unique “koalafications.” Learn more about Jo’s services at womensleadershipcoaching.com and follow @jo_miller on Twitter.

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