Equipped with a keen sense for business, a deep understanding of the industry that I had spent my entire career in, and an ease for making new connections, how hard could this be? My business took off, we experienced steady year-over-year growth, and our team grew to around 20 employees. Sounds like a dream, right?
Many days it was. But the miscommunications and misaligned expectations created ripples in our company culture and bubbled to the surface when my team gave me a 26% approval rating as a leader in 2015.
That is when I made the conscious decision to begin my Self Smarter journey. I wanted to become the leader I felt like my team, may family, and my friends deserved. It was one of the most vulnerable and uncomfortable experiences I’ve walked through, but after 8 years, I’m glad I stayed on the journey and continue daily.
What I know for sure is leadership doesn’t have to be isolating or difficult, really. When you know yourself and you understand where others are coming from, your leadership success is simply more likely.
If personal and professional development is a priority of yours, I’d be so happy to guide and coach you.