3 Things I Didn’t Expect To Learn As A Leader
I recently moved up to a Leadership Role at the company I am working at. I’ve never been a leader before and obviously, I was expecting to learn lots of leadership and hard skills necessary for me to do my job right.
Now only on my second month, I’ve learned/I’m learning these things I didn’t expect to learn; I have three so far:
As a new leader, there have been a lot of adjustments and challenges that I encountered for the first time. Having more self-compassion allows me to be more understanding of myself when I make a mistake or feel inadequate, gives me the opportunity to learn from my mistakes while being kind to myself, and allows me to move forward and restart afresh each day.
- My vision as a leader
Going into this role, I had a general vision of what I want to achieve and contribute to my team. But it’s only on the job, directly communicating with my teammates, that I am starting to discover what it is I want to do and what legacy I want to leave as a leader.
- See more meaning in the work I do
When you do the same thing over and over every single day, it’s easy to lose sight of the value of what we do and how it impacts the people we work with. I believe this applies not only with our work but with whatever we do in life.
As a leader who works closely with and handles a team, I am starting to see how the work I do helps them as well as the endless ways I could help them become better versions of themselves.
I am grateful and feel very fortunate that where I am working at provides endless amounts of opportunities for growth for everyone, and I am excited to see what else I’ll learn in the months to come.