Sometimes we need to start over.
Maybe we have messed up and it caused a change in our leadership position. Maybe a change in the company created the need for you to change your position. Maybe you have even lost your job because of job performance or a job reduction action by your organization. Or maybe you just want to start over with a different job, position, or even career. Sometimes we just need to reset and reinvent ourselves as a leader.Sometimes we need to reset and reinvent ourselves as a leader. Here are 9 ideas to get you started: Click To Tweet
Here are 9 ideas to help you get started:
- Own the change.
Don’t make excuses or blame others for the change. Don’t blame yourself (unless there were ethical or moral issues that caused the change!). There is always some level of emotion or grief related to change so a pause to work through your feelings is good. BUT, don’t prolong this pause. Start to rethink what this change provides for you – an opportunity to do something new – to use your gifts, experience, and abilities to make a significant impact.
- Get over the “failure” mindset.
It is natural to let a forced change or an unwanted or unexpected change to get in your head. What did I do wrong? What could I have done differently? However, these normal, and even good questions, can quickly turn to self-destructive thinking. Yes, you didn’t do everything right. Welcome to the human race. Learn the lessons you need to learn from this change but don’t let it cause you to spin down. Rather, face the facts even letting others help you do an appropriate assessment that will help you move forward productively.
- See this as an opportunity.
Take a deep breath and shift your thinking to look at the opportunity this change creates. Sometimes a forced change is exactly what we need to step out and take initiative to look at all the opportunities around you. This is your time. Take advantage of it.
- Proactive in learning.
Maybe you need to go back to school, learn a new discipline, focus on a new area of growth. Maybe you have always wanted to do something totally different but you were afraid to step out. Now is the time. Even while you are aggressively evaluating your future, adding learning now will help you be your best self in the search and open up new doors for you. The best places to work value people who are aggressive learners.
- Get leadership coaching.
There is nothing better than to get someone else’s view on how you can reinvent yourself. The steps above will get you ready for a coach or career advisor. A coach will be able to look at you through new eyes and can give you valuable insight into your strengths and help you to broaden your view of opportunities.
- Learn your strengths and your weaknesses.
Know yourself and you will have better insight in how to lead successfully. A pause to reset is a great time to take personal assessments to better understand your personality, work style, communication style, etc. My favorite assessments are Myers-Briggs, Strength Finder, and DISC or Ministry Insights.
- Develop a great resume (the story of you).
Most of us don’t know how to do a great resume. Your resume is your story and it needs to be told well. I highly recommend paying for someone to help you develop your resume. It will be the first impression for many who you will be reaching out to for potential opportunities. You want an A+ on your resume! Your leadership coach should be able to get you the right person or tools to help you do this well.
- Network and network more.
After you have completed the above, make personal contact with several key people in your network to let them know you are searching for a meaningful place to make a contribution through your gifts and experience. Call your pastor or closest ministry leaders to pray and to make them aware you are looking for a new opportunity. For many in your network, you will want to make a personal visit and ask for their help. For some, an email with an attached resume will be sufficient. During this time of reinvention, make at least five contacts a day until you land.
- Trust God.
Ultimately, God knows you better than anyone. Remember, He created you and knows the plans for you. More than anyone, He wants you to live on purpose. As followers of Christ, our first assignment is to be in a place where we can be on mission, sharing the love of Christ with others. A time of change, is a great time to pray, seek God, and to open your heart and mind to God’s purposes for you.
What has helped you to reinvent yourself in times of change?
“I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17