Stuff I learned on Sunday.
“Can you lead this?”
“Sure. What is this?”
Somebody needs to lead here, and you’ve just been given permission. What do you do with it? It’s tough, because you don’t know enough to lead well; you were tapped to lead only moments ago, and the thing they’ve asked you to lead is really important to the people working on it.
So play dumb. Leadership is public curiosity.
Ask the questions that you’re afraid are stupid and that you’re sure nobody else is wondering about. Ask them out loud. It’s happened often enough to be a near guarantee: others are sitting silently with the same questions. So the one who cares more about learning than about their image, the one who asks out loud first, that one gets to lead.
Also, your curiosity (if it’s in earnest) probably won’t be taken for ignorance. It will more likely be received as interest.