someone to ask you to volunteer to do something they are uncomfortable with to do something you are uncomfortable with?
I can hear the silence in the room. No one volunteers to be Uncomfortable!
I have made a commitment to be in this room. I want to improve my speaking and leadership skills. Help me. If I am asked to volunteer, I may chicken out, not raise my hand. When I am told to step forward, I know I could say no or renegotiate, but I remember I made a commitment to improve myself. Someone with knowledge and confidence told me what to do. I trust them. They have knowledge and confidence. I will feel better.
You can be an empowering leader by eliminating "Volunteers" from your vocabulary. You have knowledge and confidence. Tell people what they need to do and let them do it. Remember they can renegotiate or say no. Likely they will be better for doing what a knowledgeable and confident person told them to do and not regret it.
I was told by a knowledgeable and confident pretty woman to take the Area governor leadership position. I was uncomfortable, and I feel much better now for doing it. I tell you, “Ask for no more volunteers. Tell us what to do.” You have your unique knowledge, now share it with confidence.
Be a leader by example. Help us make the choices in our lives, tell us what to do. We will feel better because of you.