Leading our career development is one of the most important active steps we can take to ensure job happiness, professional growth, advancement, and to take charge of our future. However, many of us fall into the trap of being too busy, on autopilot, or too comfortable in our career to make a change or shall I say to lead our own growth and career path forward. So what exactly is career leadership and how can you be the leader of your career where you choose and chart your own progress forward?
Career leadership starts with you at the helm gaining clarity on what it is you want not just for your career, but also what you want your life to look like; after all they go together. The first step is aligning your career choices to who you are, what your values are, and what you need and want from your career. There is a lot of self awareness and discovery in creating a fulfilling and exciting career path. It takes an exploration of all the dynamic elements of you, your life, and your needs to gain career alignment.
Lead Your Career
Once you have clarity and alignment with your career, you then get to design it! Do you know how few people lead their own career growth and chart their own path once they land a job or finish school? Very few because its almost as if we hand over the wheel to our current employer and then try to make it fit for a long time unless the discomfort of lack of growth, boredom, organizational change, or values misalignment sets in. Those that do take charge of their career leadership feel empowered, create opportunities for growth, experience progress, and get excited for the possibilities that lie ahead.
You are the leader of who you want to be, what work you want to do, where you want to lead your career, and yes, how much you want to get paid. In every plan, every action, every choice we are either growing and advancing or choosing what is. What do you choose for yourself in this very moment? Are you content with how things are or are you restless and wanting more in your career? Are your values in alignment with where you work and is your workplace meeting your needs for growth, advancement, and fulfillment?
Career Leadership Coaching
How do you navigate all these career clarity questions, create a new direction or path, and ensure progress towards your career goals? That’s where career leadership coaching comes in as a valuable experience with the sole aim of progressing forward toward your desired outcome. A career leadership coach facilitates your professional growth goals as a guide to empower your clarity, leadership, alignment, and advancement. Having a career leadership coach gives you accountability and that needed appointment for a time out to reflect, plan, and progress your career.
A decade ago I was in a very fulfilling career that I enjoyed a lot and had so much to offer in value where I was almost at a place where I felt some mastery albeit still so much to learn. Yet, this fulfilling career fell short in a few essential needs for me: it did not pay enough, it left me time poor, and there were no opportunities to grow with the organization. For some of you, it is the complete opposite where you are paid well, but you are not enjoying what you do or perhaps you want to advance into leadership. The point being, the only person looking out for our own interest, needs, and desires is us. We need to step up and lead our future career and life to where we want it to be and what we want it to look like.
Align and Design Your Career
Are you ready to align your career with who you are, where you want to lead it, and to the life you want to lead? If so, I created the Align and Design Career Leadership free webinar to help get you started on the right path. In this webinar you will be guided through or coached on 4 steps to get aligned and then 5 steps on how to start designing your career. Grab your pen and paper and get ready to do some self discovery to get clear on your future career path. To gain immediate access to the webinar click here.
In addition, coming soon there will be a free introductory course you can take to be coached through the first steps of gaining clarity, alignment, and designing your career. The Career Leadership course can be found here. Stay tuned and by the time you read this, it may already be there for you. Lastly, if you know you want or need a coach to support you in your career growth and development, reach out and we can have a 30 minute complimentary call to get you started on the right career path for you!
Here’s to leading your career forward to one that aligns with who you are, how you want to lead your life, and that excites you!