Becoming the leader that you are was the result of many transformations. When you started your career, you weren’t the same person that you are today. The greatest leaders continued to transform themselves even once they were “successful.” We don’t think about the transformations that these leaders made in themselves as they progressed.
Steve Jobs transformed from a brilliant techie to an inspirational leader of a company that became one of the most valuable in the world. Howard Schultz started his career as a salesperson for Xerox and became the leader that transformed Starbucks from a store that sold coffee beans into the omnipresent cafe chain that we know today.
Each of them had many jobs and faced many situations that came with new demands requiring that they continually develop different skills. As each of them were presented with obstacles throughout their careers, these leaders had to think of themselves in new ways and behave differently to be successful.
As I look back on my career, I realize that I had some early successes and those successes went to my head and arrested my development for a time. I thought that I knew what I was doing and found myself saying things like, All of the things that worked for me in X company, are not working here.” Duh! I was in a different situation and should have recognized it right away.
Recently, I was talking to a man who felt that his boss was making demands on him that were outside of his comfort zone. “I am who I am,” he told me. Yes you are who you are, but who says who you are tomorrow has to be the same as you are today? It’s good to know our strengths, but they can hold us back if they make us afraid to try new things. Unless we can open ourselves up to letting go of some aspects of ourselves, we will not be able to move into new roles and be the leaders that we want to be.
QUESTION: How do you recognize when you need to develop a skill?======================================================================
Leadership/Career Coach Kris Ishibashi works with leaders to bring together their skills, their authentic selves, and their intentions to inspire their organizations to superior performance. Click here to set up a complimentary consultation.