When you accelerated through the career ranks of your organization and you achieved all of the goals and challenges in front of you for a year or two, what typically happened?
You were promoted.
Now, when you were given this new title or rank this usually included new responsibilities, new relationships to be managed and in some cases a feeling of additional power within the organization.
Then what happened to your self-esteem?
This confidence and satisfaction in oneself is a valuable topic for dialogue in developing great leaders. Especially when together we witness a leader whose behavior is unjustified and abuses their given power.
Human behavior will not ever stop surprising us, even after we think that we have seen it all:
- Just when we think we have witnessed all of the good in life, we see an act of kindness and good will that we never saw before. We stand there in amazement as we watch salvation in real-time.
- Then there is the daily news. You read a story about an act of pure evil and you ask yourself, how could another human being actually do something like that?
Whether the truth is on the front page of the Washington Post or from a witness who tells the story from their first hand experience in the room, or on the front lines, how will you act? More of #1 or #2.
The self-choice of actions you take next and the demonstrated evidence of your own behavior is an indicator of your true character. Of who you really are as a human being, operating in your organization.
Over the course of your tenure with that logo on your business card or the patch on your shoulder, never forget your true character.
You have the opportunity to continuously perform and who your colleagues will follow, that your organization is proud of each day for all of your excellent actions.
“As you build your own “Self-Esteem” and confidence and satisfaction with oneself, remember #1.”
Your team or organization as a whole, will rise together to acknowledge your kindness, empathy and yet your faithful ability to accomplish so many important milestones.
Thank you for being #1. Onward!