Well it's been the first year as a director...what an experience!
I remember immediately getting out The Art of War (Sun Tzu), and reading another book my mentor suggested - Shifting the Monkey (Todd Whitaker)...I hit every site on being successful, watched leaders around me, and siphoned every bit of information I could from my environment. I wasn't scared of the position, I simply refused to entertain not being successful.
Both books I read were really good at identifying potential struggles, and suggesting application for dealing with issues...I harnessed everything I could, put 10 years of observing others to good use, and promptly enjoyed my own successes and failures.
What did I learn: Confidence.
Confidence is this years theme...I realized I was relying on a captive audience of Facebook...even Twitter...everyone was talking...but was anyone learning. I dumped the Social Media engine...and I haven't looked back. I got back to organic reading...if it didn't build me, make me better, or get me thinking: I dropped it.
I found a place for organic articles...not just links...and started learning again, not just wasting time on status, or how many people liked or hit an article. I only give out my email address...if it's important enough, people write, and they share. I've traded thousands of posts (and the time spent reading them) for far less, but more impacting conversations with friends, colleagues, and family.
I'm definitely a nerd and found a place that hits on every possible topic you would think could exist...but I love to learn. I live on real news: https://news.ycombinator.com/ (they have wonderful apps...and it's nice to read blogs, posts, and articles by smart people!). Organic articles, voted and pushed up...not opinions...but hard data, pushed and built by like-minded learners like myself.
So I started thinking about confidence this year...where most people who want leadership are lacking. I was confident last year in my abilities and what I believed I could help people achieve. But without their investment change was dead in the water. This led me to seek more...
What I expect to find an answer or direction toward this year is helping others find their own confidence. Those under my leadership who were successful sought me out, we planned, and we were confident in our abilities as a team to go for it! The fruition of confidence is accomplishment...but we must know what to look for, just like social media, likes and opinions are tremendously prevalent and available..doesn't mean they are good for the soul.
Success is not as prevalent...due from my observation...because of the amount of work involved: one must study and implement...and that...is rare!
Leadership and Confidence go hand in hand...but it's much more than just the statement, and I've identified that need for growth in my leadership...full-scale-confidence-building!
On a personal note...I had no clue two years ago that I would be where I am today! - I had left a district in Colorado, no job in sight, wife couldn't leave the area because our son was due, a job prospect had fallen through right after I moved us back to Houston...we were stuck in Denver living in a friends basement...things looked bleak.
That was two years ago...jobless...new baby...homeless...LOL...fun times...I made a decision to find work, and lead my family. Remarking on my own life...Confidence has changed our world as a family. I surrounded myself with good, positive people, and friends. Went back to what I knew I could do well...and set out to change my stars. It can be done, and it can be done well.
Last year was a good first year in leadership...I cannot wait to see what year two brings!