I Will

I have such a predisposition to act that can be incredibly annoying to those that have to deal with me on the daily – in fact, I think I might have landed on my tendency to move things forward as a super-power.


Of course this name badge for last night’s event (great job Jake – killing it!) was somewhat tongue-in-cheek-but-not-really as I realized that if I was going to provide any value it would probably be simply encouraging people to act and move forward with their great idea with a bit more confidence than what they had before they met me.

I was fortunate enough to engage with a few individuals last night and give them some encouragement that they could:

  1. Actually do what they had set their heart on doing…
  2. That they could do it faster and cheaper than they were originally planning…

There’s no glory in an idea that’s simply shared while there is much glory to be had (and an incredible story to be told) when we see it actually done.

As I was driving home I began to contemplate my ass-kicking tendencies in terms of the leadership responsibilities that I have assumed and my mind wandered to how this is modeled effectively across and organization; how does one model this through not just words but through action? How does one encourage an existing team to execute with confidence and with excellence especially if you can’t be physically present all the time to do the modeling?

It must be, then, through the effective composition of written and verbal communication that leaders employ this strategy and tactic and I can think of fewer ways that this can be done better than by simply telling a team member these 2 simple words:

I will.

This is infinitely more powerful than a leader standing in front of their troops and saying something like:

We should.

Or even worse…

I wish/hope someone would…

The first example aligns personal responsibility with the task and implicitly and explicitly showcases the leadership through acting first.

It sets the bar in a place that is approachable and tells others that the leader will be doing, acting with them to accomplish the goal instead of a general lob to the audience in hopes that someone else shows some initiative while at the same time shirking off responsibility.

I want to be an “I will” type of leader instead of a “we should” type of leader and I will begin personally deploying this pattern of behavior today. I will.