Are you a leader? An expert? An authority? Or maybe you are a role model. A contributor. An associate. A representative of the company. The list of possibilities is endless.
And then there’s your title – the one that appears on your business card, signifying to the world what you officially are.
When we get caught up in being something, it’s easy to forget that the best thing of all is just to be. To be ourselves. To be human, real and simply who we are.
All those titles and labels we’re trying so hard to be or become get in the way of our relationships. Every time we put a label on what we are, it suggests what we are in relation to what others are. Human to human gets lost in that equation.
As you consider your workplace relationships, don’t lose yourself. Always be you before you try to be anything else.
This blog post appears as the CONNECT! Community’s emphasis this month on sharing to connect with others. As a leader, giving and sharing with others humanizes you and helps others understand what matters to you. Be sure to subscribe to the CONNECT2Lead Blog for weekly tips and techniques on leading with a people first approach.