I landed my first real job as I would describe it when I was 23 years old. It’s hard to believe it’s been about 22 years since…Yikes! I’ve always had a good solid work ethic but that doesn’t mean I haven’t had my share of challenges and obstacles along the way.
I’ve worked with a variety of personalities in all levels of leadership and management. Some were a great fit for the position and others were far from it due to the lack of specific skills.
Frankly speaking, I strongly feel not everyone is cut out to be in a position where they are over others. Being in a managerial or leadership role is a privilege and an opportunity to do great things. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, that’s being human. In a perfect world, people would be placed in a position where they can be happy, find meaning and utilize their Strengths and Talents to the point where going to work doesn’t feel like “work.” And working with others who demonstrate the same is a win, win in my book.
Skills such as communication, listening, self-awareness, dealing with self-doubt, emotion control, and decision making, to name a few, are discovered throughout the years of sweat, tears, and life. These extremely important skills can make or break your success in all you desire to do, including your personal goals. Unfortunately, there are many who lead or enter the workforce that lacks the ability.
Balancing your energy and time is another critical element as it’s a direct reflection of your mindset. Many fail at understanding what energy and time management is all about. It’s not a simple equation. It takes discipline, focus, awareness, and understanding of what’s most important and what will affect your bottom line.
Many seasoned managers and leaders have an aha moment years into their careers. They realize things are not working for them, something is off and change is much needed. They are constantly stressed out, working a crazy number of hours; they don’t know how to deal with their emotions let alone other people’s emotions. There’s a lack of effective communication going on in the office and they don’t know how to close the disconnection gap.
Helping younger leaders and professionals make a positive impact in the business world and stop the vicious cycle of working in an unhealthy environment is how I can best use my skills and experience.
Having a daughter who graduated 2 weeks ago with a bachelor’s in Environmental Science put the icing on the cake. Witnessing her struggles and challenges with entering the business world, made helping others of age even more important.
Why wait until you’re at the top of your game to realize how each day is a constant grind both emotionally and physically. The sooner you start to develop and practice (skills are useless unless you use them) mindful and healthy skills the better for you and your future self. You have to think big picture and what will help you in the long run.
Enjoy the ride to the top with confidence, controlled emotions, and meaningful communication. Be someone who leads with values and demonstrates empathy and not by some cookie cutter company manual…Be the Exception.
I can’t wait to hear from you!