My executive career was spent leading others, and when I lost my team, I lost myself. Creating product design teams in three countries over four years has been one of my greatest professional achievements.
When my position as chief design officer was eliminated, I was devastated. It felt like my life was slipping through my fingertips. The ladder I’d climbed and the glass ceilings I’d shattered were all gone within the span of a single conversation.
Although a new job opportunity came, which I accepted, I knew going in it wasn’t the best fit, and I left within a year.
Deep within, I knew another executive role was not the answer.
Slowly letting go of all that I knew myself to be, I reluctantly began the process of redesigning my life and redefining what leadership meant for me.
As the armor I created after losing my teams began to soften, I invited my “leader within” to step forward and speak again.
What I discovered changed my life…
You don’t need a team reporting to you to be a leader. This simple revelation helped to restore my self-identity. This revelation inspires me to coach extraordinary leaders in transition and redefines what leadership truly means.
Whether you are stepping into a new leadership role, or transitioning out of the corporate world, doing the work of leading from within is the catalyst for creating a more fulfilling life.
If you are going through a career change, my three-month 1:1 private coaching may be the perfect program for you.
Are you ready to live your life by design, activate a new set of leadership skills, and manifest the vision you truly want to bring into your reality?
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