Sometimes You Need to Learn What You Don’t Already Know

People are always saying that there are employees who are natural born leaders. I have heard this all throughout life, but what frustrates me is that it is always held up to everyone as the only people worth anything are leaders. In the company I work for, I have never been a manager, and I know the people who make the most money hold those positions. I began reading leadership blogs to try to learn more about what it is that is necessary to lead others. I hoped that maybe some of it would rub off on me so that I could get a coveted management position one day.

I was never someone who likes to follow or lead. I just like to be myself. I always found it stressful to try to tell other people to do, and while I listen to others in the workplace, I also like to do things on my own. But this is not enough to make your paycheck rise to acceptable levels for today’s costs of living. I knew that I needed to do something if I wanted to rise up the ladder with the company that I have been at for so long. I certainly have enough experience, and I have much more with the company than some of the newer management employees do.

I learned a lot from reading online on how to effectively manage other people. I now see that is part of the problem that I had before. I did not know how to do it without learning. Other people instinctively know, but I was not that lucky. But we are all lucky enough to do some research and learn what we need to know to succeed. And I took my time soaking up all the info because I really wanted to apply for a position in my department. It really helped me and I got a promotion a couple of months ago with a bigger paycheck to boot!


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