From “A Year of Leadership” – Career Opportunities Podcast with Douglas E. Welch)
“Leadership can be…uncomfortable. It can mean standing up to people. It can mean making decisions that you then have to deal with the consequences of. That’s part of leadership. Again, though, it is extremely important that you do it. Now, it might mean risking your job. Now, that’s fine — risking your job is always scary — but it might mean risking your job, but saving your career.
In past columns in Career Opportunities, I have talked about the difference between a job and a career. A job is sort of what you are doing right now. A career is what you do over the lifetime of your work. It’s the sum total. Sometimes we have to sacrifice our job for the betterment of our career and leadership is an important part of that. Again, to reiterate what I said before, don’t think that leadership is somebody else’s problem. It’s your problem. It’s my problem. It’s everybody’s problem. We all need to practice leadership and address these problems.“
Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.