Speak Up

Speak up even when you don’t know everything. I look at the people who have most impressed me, and all of them have been confident about bringing their voice to any discussion on any topic in any setting. They’re people who can speak confidently about their piece of the project, who ask good questions about the rest, and who then apply good judgment and seek practical solutions.

Speak up even when it is hard. Be the person who operates with grace under pressure. Take personal responsibility for your failures and, more importantly, take responsibility for the errors of those under you.

Speak up for a bigger role. Be the person who offers to take on more of the project, rather than staying silent when there is work to do.

Speak up for the entire team. Be the person who recognizes the role that everyone plays—don’t just manage up. Build teams and promote the people who report to you.