A Leader...who me? Do you 'own' your role?
We finished up a DiA program just before Christmas 2014, and were recently sharing our post-program observations about the cohort with the client. Along with seeing more confident, capable and authentic leaders, one of the key themes we shared was about accountability - how the majority of the program participants really understood and ‘owned’ their roles as leaders of people. Some came into the program with that ‘identity’ / mindset already, and others had the ‘light bulb’ over the journey – when they finally, truly ‘got it’.
Not everyone who is a leader sees themselves as a leader. As Sheryll Fisher describes in her short blog post, some don’t feel they fit the typical mould of a leader. She felt she was different to what she saw in leaders around her, and different to what she had heard what a leader needed to be. And it had not occurred to her that she was – in fact – a leader of others. She writes “and when the epiphany hit me, like a train, I honestly couldn’t believe I had been so blind to my own paradigm. I had identified ‘The Thing’ that was holding me back without me even knowing it; it was rooted in childhood experience and reinforced by almost every movie I’ve ever seen…”.
Fisher wrote her blog, because she felt sure that she was “not the only person out there who doesn’t or can’t see that they’re actually leading..."
Not everyone manages their career with the direct intention of seeking a people leadership role. Some may be like Sheryll and suddenly realise the station the train has pulled into! Click here to read more...