I haven’t posted blogs for the past few months, so I thought I’d share a little bit about what I have been doing. Here’s a blog I posted on the Women’s Center for Leadership site earlier this summer.
Have you seen that TV show “Love It or List It?” Couples collaborate with two experts: a designer who attempts to renovate their current home, addressing their issues so they will love it, and a realtor who tries to find a new home with the things they need. I always want the home owners to make the modifications and improvements they need to stay. I like the idea of building on the past and improving a home full of memories. I enjoy the creative process of envisioning how that home can adapt with the family. I am always a little disappointed when they throw in the towel and move, which is sort of ironic because my husband is a realtor. For me, there is something about the emotional connection to the home and optimism for the future. Continue reading
Originally posted April, 2014 on Women’s Center for Leadership
For Women’s Center for Leadership (WCL), we are, at our core, all about community. Our mission is about our members.
WCL is a consortium of professional women joined in developing leadership skills, sharing knowledge and building community in the Pacific Northwest.
I’ve been a member of WCL for about 10 years. My participation has evolved: from sporadically catching a monthly breakfast event at first, then attending more regularly as my daughter got older and could do more to get herself ready for school, and ultimately joining the WCL Board of Directors. I think many of our members have times when they are active, and times when they have to check out for a while to attend to other things. Many just do their best to stay in touch, even if it’s only reading the email updates and checking out a blog or two. Having to make tradeoffs like this is just part of the reality for a lot of professional women.
So you are not the CEO, not even the manager, but you can hone your leadership skills and start behaving like a leader no matter what you do or what level you are in the company. The HBR article “Act like a Leader before You Are One,” author Amy Gallo outlines several strategies to start acting like a leader.
I have been employing a few of these over the past few years. Here are the ones I know work.
- Knock your responsibilities out of the park
This one is a given. You have to be a rock star in your current job. Which means you have to pick jobs and assignments where there are meaty project you are passionate about. Make sure they are challenging enough to keep you engaged and that there are clear key performance indicators, so it’s obvious when you have nailed it. Or hopefully over-nailed it. And don’t be shy about letting others know what you have done. A great way to do this is to send a thank you to the people you worked with on the project thanking them for making the project successful. Build visibility and good will at the same time.