Literally, young professionals need to remember to take out the trash. It doesn’t matter how many diplomas you have on your wall or the title under your name on your email signature… the trash still must go out, someone has to do it, and it might was well be you.
In one day at the office, I have completed the following tasks:
- Submitted a $70,000 grant
- Closed a $5,000 donation
- Signed checks totaling over $15,000
- Served as the guest speaker at a luncheon
- Took out the trash to the dumpster
I think new leaders need to remember – no job at the office is beneath them. If you are leading a nonprofit organization and something needs to get done, sometimes you just need to do it. Whether that task is securing a large donation, representing the agency to the public or cleaning the office; it is your job to get it done. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you are above any job or task at the organization. You just aren’t that important.
I am a strong believer in the concept of never asking an employee to do a task that you wouldn’t do yourself. I take out the trash. I encourage you to do the same.