When you know, you know.When these leaders originally envisioned their careers, they did not expect to find themselves in the leadership roles they hold today. How did they identify leadership was the right path for them? Both Susan and Tami referred back to the moment they realized they needed to shift focus. Susan started as a commercial REALTOR®, and she ultimately found the independent life of that side of the business wasn’t for her. She simply wasn’t passionate about it, so the move to something she loved felt natural. Enter: leadership. “I knew if I was going to be successful in something I had to be passionate about it.” Tami’s realization came to fruition after witnessing an inspirational act of leadership from someone else. “I remember the exact moment I said I wanted to be that caliber of a leader,” she said. After a family tragedy, her boss showed her immense empathy and went out of her way to support her out of respect and kindness. Tami’s career journey shifted. She too honed in on what parts of her job (or parts of other future roles) sparked passion and excitement. “Letting people see something in themselves they didn’t see before, and watching them grow, literally it becomes addictive,” she said.
Tips for attaining the elusive “balance.”Is there such thing as work-life balance? Nykea asked Susan and Tami how they define their “balance,” and they both shared tips and tricks they have picked up along the way. For parents struggling to find and commit to time with their children, Tami had two pieces of advice:
- “If you have children, find common grounds. For example, everyone in my family did martial arts together, three times a week.” The lessons were at different times on different days, but the point was it was an activity they did together.
- “For us, there’s no such thing as a 9-5,” Tami added. She asks her children to pick one thing they really want to do that week, and she sees what she can do to make it happen. They prioritize, and she looks at where it can work. “The time may not be set in stone but we commit to it and we do it.”