All managers have value. The trick is to find the place that values your strengths and talents where you can thrive. What are signs that your value is recognized in your organization? Here are some: you are treated with respect by upper management, you are listened to, to the best extent possible your needs and those of your team are met, you are communicated with and have the information you need to manage well. On your end, you feel you are on your game, you see that you are a “fit” with your organization, you are doing what you want to be doing as a manager.
You each have your own unique gifts. Sometimes, those gifts are not realized because you are not in an environment that values them. The so-called hero’s journey is about finding your unique gifts and bringing them to the world. There are many factors involved. You may be a good fit for your organization’s mission, but cultural dysfunction, lack of resources or some other factor negatively influences your performance. You may not be a good fit for your organization. Your path may have formed by accident-you just went with what happened, without a focus on the best fit for you.
What has been is not relevant now. What is relevant is to take charge of your career and actively pursue a fit that will allow your unique gifts to shine. In my next post, I will give you some questions that can be helpful in assessing if you are valued as a manager and are bringing your unique gifts to the world.