A key element to leadership growth is having someone to lean on. Someone to take the heat off on those incredibly stressful days.
Yes, there are stressful days as a leader!
I remember frustrating teleconferences that I had to endure in the past. Or a conversation with a team that went all wrong. And I certainly remember days that I just wanted to cry because it felt like I would never get it all done.
It was those days that I would text a friend, call a co-worker or reach out to a peer leader. Not because they could fix it, but because they could understand where I was at and encourage me to go on.
There were other times as well. Times that I made it through everything and wanted to celebrate. Or if I had just received some good news; a contract, a good score on an accreditation process or got a good resume come across my desk. Those times I had someone there to reach out to as well and get a virtual high five!
Now, I have friends that I call, email, Skype or hangout with on Google hangouts. It's the same for us. We cheer each other on in our business development. We suggest supports and resources. And we laugh at ourselves together making YouTube videos!
Here is my latest video - Building your support network. Watch it now! And then phone a friend. Text a colleague. Email someone who might need cheering up. Or ask for cheering up yourself.
Leadership doesn't need to be lonely!
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