According to Harvard Business Review, taking risks and stepping outside of our comfort zone at work promotes personal and company growth. Great leaders know to make a true impact there has to be a component of risk-taking. It’s only then that we can uncover creative solutions.

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Reflect on how to be a risk-taker when building teams

Learning how to be a risk-taker is fundamental in developing and honing your leadership skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.

Is it better to play it safe or take risks at work?

Exercises to help you be a risk-taker when building teams

Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your leadership skills can allow you to be a risk-taker.  

  • Attend a company event outside of your comfort zone. If you go to events like seminars or training programs, try interactive events like game nights or team lunches.
  • Lend a hand to cross-functional teams. For example, if you overhear the design team brainstorming template ideas for a new feature, sketch your own samples that may help the team.
  • Ask for new responsibilities beyond your usual scope. At your next quarterly team meeting, express your interest in projects that involve cross-functional teammates.

Additional resources to help you be a risk-taker when building teams

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