Reflections on an introduction to leadership

In my first years working as an architect-in-training I was asked to lead a Rebuilding Together build day. When I arrived on site at prep day I remember my boss looking at me and saying, "What do you want us to do?" He wanted instruction...from me? I handed him a bucket of paint and asked him to start priming the walls. In the end Kate Kennedy Middle School got a facelift and I got an education in leadership.