The inspiration for my career in human resources began in junior high. After reading Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl, I knew I wanted to help others recognize their potential and find meaning in their work. HR is a perfect field to do this, and being part of a workforce-solutions company is the icing on the cake.
I applaud those aspiring to be tomorrow’s leaders. You are key to creating a culture that captures the hearts and minds of those you lead. By engaging your employees, you will also increase customer loyalty and your company’s profitability.
The guidance I would offer comes from a lifetime of experiences. I’ve learned that every company is also a community, so your ability to build strong relationships with colleagues will be key to your success. Keep these things in mind as you develop those relationships and build your teams.
Keep integrity and humility as your unwavering north star and never try to shine your star by tarnishing someone else’s. Build a team with diverse talents and empower them to be successful. Develop a repertoire of skills that help you adapt and lead effectively in any situation.
Engage in life-long learning. It’s essential to keep your edge and help others keep theirs.
Be willing to offer and accept gamechanging ideas.
As your business relationships grow, remember to keep investing in your relationships with family and friends. Work-life balance is a lifelong journey that changes over the years, but some things remain constant. If you have children, remember you are growing tomorrow’s leaders at home.
Keep people in your life who help you see a broader reality. Take care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Journal what you learn along life’s path. It’s a great reference manual for your future.
I realized early in my career how important it was to have faith, know my values, and work for people and companies with whom I could feel aligned. At Kelly I was hired four months pregnant and promoted while on maternity leave. I love to share that story with women who wonder if they can have a family and a career. My life-mentors have been my husband, daughter, bosses, colleagues, friends, and family. They have challenged me to expand my vision, find meaning in my work, and offer this gift to others. I encourage you to do the same.