She was a young gun. Loaded with all the right stuff, this leader was poised to lead at the executive level one day. She was smart, hard working, levelheaded, and humble.
In just a few short years, she had gained the respect of team members who were twice her age. Her leadership track was headed toward advancement, and she was adding value in each role she was assigned.
She asked to meet with her boss, and this is what she said:
“I realize that it would not be best for this organization, or myself, to continue in a leadership role. I have carefully considered every angle of my life, and I need to step back into a team role at this time.”
She went on to share how and why she came to this decision. This courageous millennial leader was demonstrating the very core fabric of strong leadership: knowing when to step forward and when to step back. Instead of selfishly remaining in a leadership role she was not ready to hold, this young leader chose to step aside. This is a clear picture of integrity.
It would be a mistake to believe that this young lady is no longer a leader or that she has gone away for good. There will be another season, as she is becoming an incredible leader who influences many others. For now, she is leading herself and those she comes in contact with on a daily basis.
Every once in a while, we all need to take a step back.
Having the discernment to take that step means developing a strong self-awareness as well as an authentic concern for those you are leading. It was a good reminder to me that before we can lead others, we must lead ourselves.
Choose to have the courage to step back, and you will make a difference!