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Are You Ready To Become A Leader?

Updated: Jan 21, 2020

After arriving at the office at 8:30 am, I was dragged into a 1-2-1 meeting with a very distressed colleague who wanted to speak to me immediately at 8:35. She was the Test Manager, and this was a new role for her, but having been the Test Manager myself previously, I was sure that whatever the issue, we would be able to deal with it. 

As we sat down in the room, the Test Manager looked at me and said “I have a lump in my breast, I think it’s cancer and I don’t know what to do” and then burst into tears. After freezing for a couple of seconds, I tried my best to comfort her and indicating everything will be all right.  

After reading this story from Gordon Tredgold article 7 Things, I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Leader; it touched my inner core because I have heard on many occasion so-called leaders telling their people “work is work”, I don’t care about your personal issues. “work is work”! amazing!

When someone can share such sensitive and personal information with someone, it shows that the leader has created an environment of trust and people can be themselves at work. This is what leaders do; leadership is not for the faint at heart. Everyone has the mental capacity to lead, they have the potential to lead, but they don’t have the desire because it’s easy to be a manager as opposed to becoming a leader.

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