Recently I had the experience of thinking it was time to step into a larger role within an organization. I checked in with some trusted colleagues about my interest, getting pretty excited along the way. In conversation with the appropriate person about the role, I learned that someone else had been selected. Ouch.
With time and reflection, I’m coming to see the situation as yet another invitation to look inside myself and consider what I want, what I’m doing to create what I want, and how I could be getting in my own way.
I don’t have answers yet, but I’m asking myself lots of questions.
- How do I engage in conversations that help me be seen as a leader by the organization?
- What does my presence say about how seriously I take myself and my contributions to this organization?
- Am I clear on what I want to be doing? What am I doing to make that happen?
- What matters to me in my role with this organization? How do I connect to the organization’s mission? How does that connection help me?
- How do I be authentically who I am, and how does that align with the culture in the organization? Where am I willing to compromise and where am I not?
- Is this the place for me? If not, what am I moving toward?
Have you ever experienced a disappointment in the leadership path you had planned? What were your questions? What answers did you find?
These are the kinds of questions I hope we’ll explore together through this blog.