My first meeting with the SYL group we each signed up to write the blogs to be posted in a specific month. I made a list of a few different topics I felt comfortable writing about and did further research and reading as I wanted to write a post that would be of value to those who read it.
Of course, there are lots of days that I feel like a rock star too. In any job, as in life, you have awesome days, so-so days and tough days. When you are in a leadership role, your bad days are often being observed by others and can become magnified.
In my opinion, one of the primary qualities of a leader is adaptability. For me, adaptability is the ability to change to fit circumstances. Now, definitely, there are some things that need to be done “by the book”, but leading people effectively is not about sticking to a script.
Leadership is the future and an essential reality in the business world today. What happens when you Google leadership? Try it. You will get about 482 million results. 482 million! Now if that doesn’t tell you something I don’t know what will. The key for you is searching through the haystack of those results and finding where you fit within leadership and where leadership will fit within your career.
As I was preparing to write this blog I was struggling to decide on a topic. One evening sitting at the kitchen table I decided to ask my 7 year old daughter about leadership and like always she delivered; one of her quotes. “Sometimes it just doesn’t work out.”
Every day we are faced with choices in our careers that will affect us over the long term. Should I volunteer for that new project? Should I ask for a raise? Should I take a sabbatical? Should I say yes to overtime?
As I grew in the Credit Union system, I obtained a lot of skills. I learned a vast amount of product knowledge, was able to experience success in several branch roles, and had a lot of energy. I really enjoyed what I did but like any passionate employee, I wanted more.
I started my Credit Union career as a summer student in 2011. After I finished school I returned back to my MSR position until May of 2012 when I took a temporary 1 year term as the Learning & Development Coordinator. Knowing that this was only temporary I was on the hunt for ways that I could develop myself further to have a chance at future opportunities.
Have you ever been inspired? Had the “aha” moment that you hear about, and never knew what it was until it happened to you? That moment happened for me in my career in 2010, where I was able to attend the Saskatchewan Young Leaders Conference.