Happy National Boss’ Day!
In celebration of this *special* day, I have an important question. Who’s the boss of you?
I hope your answer is YOU. You’re the person who decides which risks to take. You’re the one who decides how far up the corporate ladder you want to climb.
In today’s era of ever changing careers, your own impact cannot be overstated. So, on this National Boss’ Day, I hope you’ll take a little time to think about what you want to do to better manage your own career.
Do you hope to take a continuing education class?
Do you want to volunteer to work on a new project?
Do you want to be more disciplined at work?
Do you want to take more time to network?
Do you want to update your resume and your LinkedIn profile?
Whatever your goals, don’t sit back and wait for someone else to tap you on the shoulder.
I recently interviewed Dr. Shirley Raines, the former President of the University of Memphis. Dr. Raines shared with me her own personal transformation. She went from waiting for someone to tell her she should try a new job — to asking for jobs she wanted. Although this change feels difficult, it can also be very straight-forward. To hear my entire interview with Dr. Raines, check out my interview with her on Apple Podcasts or on my website.
Shifting your mindset just a little on this issue is a game changer.
Now, this doesn’t discount the importance of your supervisor at work. They are the person who hires and fires. They will provide your future recommendation for your next job.
So, when you are searching for a new job, don’t just search for work. Look for leadership. A lack of leadership can change your career in a direction you may have never imagined.
But again, nothing substitutes for taking ownership over your own experience — your own future — your destiny.
I hope on this National Boss’ Day, you will decide that you’re the boss of you — whether you are self-employed, or whether a corporation cuts your paycheck.
Author: Angela Copeland
Angela Copeland is Founder and Coach for Copeland Coaching, a great way to jump start your job search. Follow her on Twitter @CopelandCoach for tips on finding the perfect job for you.