Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Iron Fist and The Velvet Glove: Personal Experience (Part 2)

You will want to Read Part One of this 2 Segment Blog Post-

Personal Experience:
My personal experience with this leadership style with a leader I worked for a few years ago. This person is known for getting things done and to be a no-none sense type of leader, but I absolutely adore her. I was interviewing for a role, and this person was one of my interviewers, I had been coached throughout the day on what to say and what not to say to this person. So, by the time I got into their office to conduct the interview, I was exhausted - after 8 hours of interview. On top of that, I had just returned from a family emergency in which my grandmother had passed away less than 24 hours prior. (So put all of that into perspective/context...)

This person was fully aware of all the family related issues I had recently gone through, and as soon as I walked into the room they provided me with the most sincere apologies and sympathies and put my mind at ease in the softest most special manner. (Which I was in no way expecting-I actually almost started crying for the first time that day.) I have not, and will probably never, forget this moment, and it was almost 4 years ago to the day (My grandmother passed away November 6, I interviewed November 7).

We got through all the formal interview questions exceptionally smoothly. Afterwards we had some time left and discussed their job role in more depth and their team for the remainder of the time. At that movement I knew, I waned to work for this person - so a couple of months later it was not shock that I was on their team. I still view this person as an intricate part of my career. Although our careers have taken us apart from each other, we still keep in touch and it never feels like we missed a beat every time we talk.

Be that leader, the one someone never forgets, for the right reasons.

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