Why your base salary and job title don’t matter as much as strong leadership
Throughout my career, I’ve been lucky enough to find people who have been willing to coach, teach, train, challenge and push me to help me pursue my full-potential, like my mentor Burt Baptiste. It wasn’t always easy or fun. There were times early on when my bank account was on the wrong side of the line, and I coveted the positions of my friends, who had better job titles, bigger base salaries and even a company car. Luckily, I learned that leadership doesn’t always mean money, but it does mean great experience.
Instead of aiming for that higher salary and sexy job title, I eventually understood that comparison is the root of all unhappiness. It was far more important to focus on learning every-single-day from the variety of leaders around me. I was absorbing the best from people who believed in me, and was lucky enough to find a position that aligned with my passion and purpose. It’s a mindset has made all of the difference in my career.
Fast forward over a decade later, and now I am the one teaching, coaching and mentoring people who are looking to making investments into themselves and their careers. Regardless of their experience level, I encourage them to set their sites on the right positions, under the influence of the right leaders, in order to put their values first. From there, success will almost always follow.
Here are two ways to put your values first:
Finding a role that aligns with your passion, purpose and strengths: Young business people tend to be distracted by the perks (ping pong tables and beer on tap), rather than focusing on the overall objective of building a strong career that aligns with your passion and purpose. When preparing to accept a position at a new company, think first about the bigger picture. Determine if the company aligns with your professional goals, both from a career and a value standpoint. While the title, financials and incentives are all important considerations, it means very little if it’s applied to a company that you don’t believe in. Do your research, ask the right questions and let the organization as a whole be the main factor driving your career decision.
Align yourself with great leadership: At any phase of one’s career, there is nothing as vital as a good manager. Finding someone who will coach and challenge you is very rare, but unfortunately bad managers are a dime a dozen. When at the end of the day people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers, it’s imperative to find a leader who will embrace your strengths to help you reach your true potential. Before accepting a position, ask yourself these seven questions.
So many people, especially early on in their careers, make decisions based on the perks, rather than taking a hard look at who is going to help them reach their true potential. Do what is right for you and don’t let anything else be a factor. Even though I was in a less glamorous industry, I focused on the fact that it aligned with my strengths and long term goals, which allowed me to build relationships, meet new people and work with dynamic leaders who challenged me each and every day.
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