Have you ever had a 'What the ...?!?' moment at work with those in a leadership role? For example, it just feels like they have no clue. I call that "Leadless Leadership'.
What is Leadless Leadership? Leadership that advances an agenda at their subordinate’s expense. These leaders don’t understand the current workplace and don’t try to learn more or gain a broader understanding of their position.
My Masters in Organizational Leadership has taught me to always watch the leader. In the past I have watched leaders advance their agenda at the expense of others. They allowed other leaders from different departments to dictate what they should or should not do. At no time did the leader feel empowered to make its own decisions. Instead, they often failed to protect their staff that has performed for them time and time again.
If this resonates with you and this is your reality, here are a few things you can do:
Often times, knowing how you will handle a leadless leader make the situation bearable. You don’t have to sit there and take it. Having a strategy is crucial in your professional development. My advice to you is, don’t just exist and not take responsibility for your career. You are in control and empowered. Feel empowered to work your Moxie!
Discover Your Talent Interview: Embrace the Moxie Within–Lori Robinson Talks Having No Apologies for Nurturing Big Dreams
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Don Hutcheson of Discover Your Talent podcast. I have to say, this was probably one of the best interviews I've had. Thank you for allowing me to share my talent and my passion for helping people through Corporate Moxie!
Here are some highlights:
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
Lori has a clear memory from age three. “I saw a picture in a magazine and said, "I want to be a business woman." After college, she started at the bottom as a Human Resources assistant. Bumps, bruises, promotions and a master’s degree later, she founded Corporate Moxie on her own.
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
The sudden passing of her mother when Lori was 35 brought the realization, “You’ve been pushing and pushing. You have to put some living in your life!” She earned a master’s in organizational leadership because she’d seen it was a missing element in the corporate world. “After that, everything changed.”
The Most Powerful Lesson Learned? Click to read the rest.
Take a listen below.
Let’s face it’s never easy leaving the comforts of a job that you have had for many many many years. When you start feeling out of sorts and uncomfortable, you have to pay close attention to those feelings. Your comfort zone is no longer comfortable for you and you have to start weighing the pros and cons of why you are the still there.
Remember, no one is responsible for your peace of mind or your happiness. Whatever your reason for leaving make sure you are happy and that you are ready. Others will try and interject themselves in your decision because they are narrow minded and have no idea it is not about them. News flash, just because someone leaves does not mean they are not happy with the company, it simple means they are moving on.
Saying all that, here are a few steps to take when you have decided that sometime soon you will be exiting your current situation.
If you take these steps, you should set yourself up for respect as you leave. That’s what it is all about. We have all had that dream where we get everyone told off and leave with a digit in the air and wheels spinning out of the parking lot. Listen, if you want to discuss concerns and issues about the organization, request an exit interview. Word to the wise, come in with your concerns written out so that you don’t ramble and come off as just another disgruntled worker.
Sometimes you are not offered a platform to share concerns and leadership strategically tries to get you out with as little hoopla as possible. That’s okay because you are going to a bigger better opportunity. You are a Rock Star and by you leaving with class and dignity, you are already showing them what they will be missing. Go Moxie!
So, you are unhappy in your current job. You do all your research and find a great opportunity with the perfect position. You ask around and get great feedback regarding the company and the position. Then you weigh the pros and cons of staying versus leaving for the new opportunity and decide it will be better for you to go. So, you turn in your 2 week notice and look forward to your new position. As your time winds down you start to have some doubts and think, “I can always come back, right?” Wrong. There are no guarantees.
Just because you and your boss remain Facebook friends and most of the office LinkedIn with you, does not mean you can return. Most companies will not rehire employees as a general policy. As surprising as it may be, you resigned and that changes things. If you find that you have jumped from the frying pan into the fire, here are 5 things your previous employer is thinking:
All in all, you made a decision that did not quite work out. In life it’s better to go forward than backward. In Moxie terms, own your decision, grow from your mistakes, and realize most things happen for a reason.