NextGen Know-How: 15 lessons for leadership and life

Being a leader today doesn’t require the same skills as it did 15 years ago. Here are some lessons learned to help you grow.

Last month, I celebrated 15 years in business as a leadership consultant, facilitator and speaker. There have been many lessons and learnings along the way, and my life looks very different than it did 15 years ago.

In 2008, I left my executive position at a credit union in Maryland to start my own business. I was engaged to be married and had no children. A month after I left the credit union, I got married, went on an amazing honeymoon to Greece, Turkey and France, and returned excited to begin a new chapter. Then the economy crashed. I got through it, but it wasn’t easy.

This month, I’m about to celebrate my fifteenth wedding anniversary, and I have three children. Parenting is the toughest job I have ever had, and requires me to learn, adapt and try again pretty much every day. I have gained perspective and wisdom, both personally and professionally. I have had the opportunity to work with many leaders and organizations in credit unions, manufacturing and other industries.

It was hard to narrow it down, but these are the biggest lessons I have learned in leadership and life.


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