Making the right choices is an important quality for a leader, it can make or break your career. However, making the right choices can be a challenge. What is the perfect job to help progress in my career? How can I be the perfect manager for my team and be a perfect mother at the same time? When you recognise these dilemmas, you will certainly recognise that they can cause energy loss and stress. For women, especially, these choices can also cause feelings of guilt.
Here are 5 tips to help you make the right career choices which will, not only, help you to become more successful but will also help you feel good about it.
- Take action! A good leader will make a choice and act on it. It may sound obvious, but just continue to do what you’re doing and not feeling happy with it and not act upon it, is also a choice. Not taking action, is also a choice, a passive choice.
- It’s very common to get lost in short-term activities, bringing you little pleasure. Focus on those activities that give you energy and those that can support your career progression. These activities will help you to achieve your long-term career objectives and ambitions.
- Delegate! Empowering others is key to becoming a successful leader and should be given priority. In the short-term, this may take some time and energy but, in the long- term you will create a happier, healthier team.
- Stop feeling guilty! It’s needless and energy draining. Expectations around working mothers and motherhood are deeply ingrained in our society. Very often women feel guilty if they believe they haven’t met these unrealistic expectations, even if they are contrary to their own values and desires.
- Stay true to your values! This will help inform you to make the right choices and to be a strong and effective leader.
In the words of J.K. Rowling (author of Harry Potter books) – ‘It’s our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities’.
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