How does anyone learn anything? By getting their hands dirty and figuring it out.
So, even though I’ve been studying leadership in the workplace for a decade, dipping my toe in here and there…
I learned to lead over the past year, because of my family, because I had to.
At our house, I’m the lead parent. My partner is wonderful. And we have agreed that I’m the lead parent.
The primary steward of two special souls, entrusted to me to raise on this earth. A sacred privilege. Significant.
I am responsible for feeding them and ensuring they get enough sleep. I identify when they’re not well and make sure they get treated.
I set boundaries. I draw the lines around which books and toys and activities and friends and caregivers and screens and language we do and don’t engage with.
And as the lead parent at our house, I have cobbled together what I stand for in that role.
My leadership manifesto.
Because after stumbling through it for the last year, questioning whether I was doing it right, when everyone, everywhere (literally) is doing it differently, I needed to find my feet as a leader. And stand on them.
It includes things like: They chose me as their mother. We don’t meet one person’s needs at the expense of another’s. Humans before schedules. One of my jobs is to demonstrate living the kind of aligned life I want for them… the list goes on.
So, why am I telling you?
Because I want you to think about your leadership manifesto, whether you’re leading children or a company or a team or a wine club.
Get clear on what you stand for. Get empowered in your role. Define yourself as a leader, in whatever aspect of your life feels most in need of steady, empowered, authentic leadership RIGHT NOW.
Because you were made for this. And because the clarity and confidence you create will carry you through the up days, the down days, and all the days in between.
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