My PhD program has a strong emphasis not just on the theoretical, but also on the practical. We are encouraged to learn more about our own leadership style and gifts. These are a sample of the books I have acquired on self-awareness, gifting, and calling throughout my life – not including the grad school books. I realized recently that this is a topic I’ve been interested in for most of my adult life. Recently a prof used the term ‘quiet leadership’ and that resonated with me. I’ve been writing about and pondering serenity these last two years; I know that it is a gift and I’m thankful that I’ve been given this gift. Trying to determine if that is the direction I might be going with my dissertation topic.
Life takes many twists and turns. Careers morph during the course of a lifetime. But certain skills and traits will serve you well in any career. Of course, serenity helps you to navigate change and flourish. As I was reflecting on some of the things I am learning about leadership and about some of the things that have served me well in the varied course of my career, I came up with a list.
I am a firm believer in creating a strategy map to design your career and your career goals and aspirations. Lately, I’ve been working on focus and intention. My new planner is helping me to more effectively use time-blocking and goal setting to have the discipline to work on what matters most.
There are certain life skills that I believe have served me well. I think these can be taught but are also ‘caught’ through the influence of significant people in your life.
What are the skills and traits you consider most important in a successful career?