Before I start on my Composure lesson, I want to talk about me….though I think that is anti-charisma (We’ll figure that out during the charisma lesson). Regardless, I read my last post and realized how incredibly hard I am on myself!
One of the things that I want to be sure of is that I don’t lose Ashley in my journey to executive presence. About 2 years into my tenure at Amazon, I read a blog post from a senior level Amazon executive where one of the executive’s mentors warned that he (the mentee) shouldn’t try to be someone else. He needed to embrace, or as some would put it, “lean into”, his own style.
I will always incorporate levity in conversations. I will always geek out when it comes to technology. I will always be an introvert. I will always second guess myself. And, shocker for those who know me, I may not always know the right words to say at the right time. But, those have been the building blocks of Ashley for the last 37 years, the tide of my personality is too strong to change at this point.
Acceptance of who you are, fundamentally, is how you grow.
Take levity and introversion..that’s how I make connections. Take the geekiness…that’s how I earn credibility. Nothing is “wrong” with me, I simply need to rethink how I capitalize on the core of Ashley, as it relates to executive presence. This process is to baseline who I am and where I need to be in order to move to the next level of my career. I’m committed that Ashley will still be Ashley at the end. Maybe Ashley+?