The easiest way to lead up is to do a great job with what you’ve been entrusted with. I’ve known several people who are confused about why their great idea or new project/plan is seemingly being ignored by their leaders. Regardless of how insightful the idea might be, it’s hard to give more influence or receive significant input from those who are not being responsible with what they have been given. I know my ability to lead up or have influence can be significantly reduced if I’m not leading well in my areas of responsibility.
Have you faced seasons where it’s been difficult to do well with what you’ve been given? How did you work through that time? What was the outcome?