Who Do You Want To Become? It Matters

“Who do I want to become?” or “What do I want to be?”

Which question are you asking yourself? Your choice may determine the depth of your life, the wisdom in it, and the success of your career.

Growing.001 After watching a new CEO client begin his tenure at a global company I noticed his ease while listening, talking, giving direction, and saying “I don’t know. That sounds good to me. Go ahead and do it.” (Whatever the “it” is).

What we’re really seeing here is a man who has, over a lifetime, decided to “become” the kind of person he wanted to be. I know for a fact that he didn’t set out to be a CEO. In fact, he was invited into the role. The reason he received the invitation, I believe, rests in great part on who he is to the people around him.

Yet “who he is” was shaped by not ambitiously jumping into a position that was too far ahead of “who he was” at the moment. His career path shows a progression that was measured and steady, building solid relationships and new knowledge along the way.  And each step on the ladder reflected genuine accomplishment.

Now he has become a CEO; he doesn’t have to play the role of CEO.

And that’s the distinction between where the two questions above will lead you.

Who do you want to become?

Or, do you want to play a role?

Think about the difference. It will change your life.

 


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Steve has designed and delivered leadership and communication programs for some of the world's largest organizations, and has more than 30 years in training, development, and high-level executive coaching. His Roesler Group has created and delivered leadership and talent development internationally for corporations such as Pfizer, Minerals Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, NordCarb Oy Ab, and Specialty Minerals--Europe. Steve is currently involved in the latest update of his Presenting With Impact program, a cross-cultural presentations workshop that has been delivered on five continents to more than 1,000 participants representing nearly 60 nationalities.

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