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Knowing and defining our roles

We are all placed in different roles in our business and personal lives sometimes on a daily basis. There are always situations where we are the student learning an activity or a new skill. Later the same day our situation may change, and we find ourselves in the instructor or leadership role. Some of us then go home and assume the role of mom or dad now becoming, "chief cook and bottle washer," and assume all the roles. Part of the trick is defining what your role should be in each situation and acting appropriately within the confines of that role.

Many organizations are not good at defining roles and responsibilities. There is nothing more frustrating than assuming or being told what your role is only to have someone change it overnight. You then risk losing credibility with clients and those working for you, as well. Perception is an important part of all roles and authority. When perception is altered and credibility is lost it's hard to redefine the role.

Many of us in situations are content with taking a laid-back position waiting to see where you can best fill in. There is always a need for people to step up to the plate in organizations. Good managers and good leaders are very hard to find, but it seems in many organizations either nobody steps up and the same people accept the leadership roles, or nobody wants to take the time and effort to take charge. In either case someone must take the role to make the organization run and it's normally the same people over and over.

It is important to be comfortable within yourself in any role you assume. Oftentimes egos and hurt feelings become a problem when expectations aren't met. When assuming any role in an organization make sure you're in the right spot for you. Is this a role you can contribute in? Are you comfortable in this role or position? And, of course, what is your motivation for being here?

Marty Pay has been a local Farmers Agent for over 30 years. He is also a Professor of Business and Leadership at University of Phoenix. You can reach Marty and his staff at 212 W. F St., in Tehachapi, (661) 822-3737.