I coached a client today who returned buoyed and excited by a conference where she’d been able to present on a topic outside what other people might consider her wheelhouse.
She’d been able to reconnect with old colleagues she loved, meet new ones, AND been able to recognize that her enthusiasm for her work and team-building skills with her new connections were likely to do what her supervisor wants (to generate new business…) In addition, she’d been able to witness the success of someone she’d mentored, who wouldn’t have pursued higher education without her encouragement and ability to see his potential.
We isolated and examined all the ingredients that had made this so successful for her (coaches sometimes call this the Recipe for Success).
Alice (not her real name) thrives best under a combination of conditions-when her academic and strategic qualifications are used, yes, –but also when her natural explorer qualities are used (a new out-of-the box subject where she intuitively sees possibilities that will help the world in a broader way) AND her desire to connect, help, and grow people.
When these things are present for her, she is a natural leader, able to see possibilities where other people don’t, able to motivate others, AND able to make things happen.
Like most of us, normally Alice presents her “resume qualifications” first-the hard-core, undeniable achievements that we think are impressive, and that get us the jobs we want.
But it is the intangible qualities-the sense that our talents are being used appropriately, that the work is meaningful to us (and sometimes to the wider world) and above all, the enthusiasm for what we do-that allows us to lead and inspire others.
May we pursue our paths, recognizing what qualities and circumstances we need to cultivate in order to be our best,