A couple of years ago at the nonprofit agency I am currently employed I was introduced to the new Regional Director for the Behavioral Health department
A couple of years ago at the nonprofit agency I am currently employed I was introduced to the new Regional Director for the Behavioral Health department. I was very surprised that she was a female because our CEO of the company always said that Men should be in positions of power. I began to converse with the new Regional Director and to my surprise she was nothing like I expected, she was my boss but she always said that we are co-workers because at the end of the day we are going to work together to complete each task. She became my mentor, I watched her take a unit that was in doing poorly to a unit they began creating revenue. She went into each program and observed the daily workings, she never said a word she just watched. After a week of being shadowed we had a meeting and she discussed her findings and what we would need to change to get the program flowing again. She went to each site and assisted every Program Director to complete each task. I asked her why was she helping us she said what type of co-worker would I be I if I don’t work with you when you to complete your tasks. The department that I worked was doing bad in just a little time she turned it all around. Kelly was a person that believed that a job title did not make a person. What I learned from her was that it does not matter how big or small the task we should always work together. I feel Kelly was born with the skills she needed to become a Level 5. The advice I would give to someone who does not have the skills of leadership is to surround yourself with people that you look up to and who may be in a position that you wish to reach. As a leader you have to be a part of the team you have to do the work that you expect our employees and not walk around like you are better than they are. To become a level 5, you have to be outgoing, self-motivated, relentless, have tough skin, and you have to take the good with the bad.