Has anyone ever told you they are looking for a “Forward Facing Leader”?
Were you left wondering,
What the heck is that?
Recently I was told I did not have the image of a forward facing leader.
In true Trixie nature, I went out on a hunt to gather more info.
Here is some of what I found:
What single quality differentiates high-potential leaders from ordinary contributors in an organization?
It’s their ability to be forward-looking and focus on the future. To become a better leader or distinguish yourself as someone primed for promotion, you’ll want to develop your capacity to envision the future.
“…if they meet with clients or anyone outside the company on a regular basis or are responsible for being the face of the company, as in reception work, then they are in a forward facing or client facing job.”
After reading both of this, I figured out what she meant. She was trying to tell me, I was not representing myself in the best light as the face of the company…in her opinion.
In Her Opinion
are the Key Words here.
While this group organization or perhaps herself, does not feel that I was presenting my best face forward, I tend to disagree not because she is directing it towards me, but because the face of my brand is
REALITY| AUTHENTICITY| HONESTY
I am who I am online, in real life, and in everything I do.
What she felt was not correct was how I presented myself online. However, I was being myself.
The funnier thing is in her email she states that she loves me as a human and thinks I’m fabulous, however, I need to be “different” online. Um….hi did you hear what you just said?
So, you want me to be fake online to “look better” than who I really am?
No thank you.
One thing I pride myself in being REAL to a fault.
I understand that means not everyone will like me in real life or online.
True, real, authenticity to me is being vulnerable enough to really be who you really are. ALWAYS. Not just when it suits you.
I spoke my mind and I ask questions.
I have Aspergers and many times do not understand things. This type of questioning makes other nervous. This type of real speaking up about how I feel about something isn’t always the norm and thus, I get criticized for saying and doing things others would not say. They generally would not say them, because society has told us not to. I laugh in the face of society. They deem people like me, with Aspergers, aka HFA (High Functioning Autism) as
What is normal? Whose to say the way you view forward facing is correct and the way I view it is wrong? Neither is right. Neither is wrong. It is merely an interpretation.
I am Forward Facing.
I know I am my brand.
I know I am the face of my brand and I do all I can to be the best brand image of myself inside and out ALWAYS, by the way.
I do that by being real.
By being who I really am and not sugar coating life.
How do you become future-oriented and still handle day-to-day challenges? (The Hunt)
I will admit, the last couple of year battling Colon Cancer, Fighting it, OVercoming it and trying to get healthy again had their toll on me. It is hard to look forward when you don’t know what forward is and how many years that means. But even still I did my best.
I made 1 year, 3 year and 10-year goals and plans using the Dragontree Planner, not knowing if I would live to accomplish them. I put the pen to paper and wrote it all out. I made vision boards looking and hoping towards the future.
While the ability to focus on the future separates leaders from the rank-and-file, many of us fail to understand and appreciate its importance. We devote almost no time to developing this vital quality, which then becomes a huge barrier to future success. In today’s difficult times, people need to be reminded of why they are doing what they do — and why it matters.
Both Articles from The Hunt and Work Coach Cafe has some really good material for those in a workforce who are looking to develop this mentality better. I want to focus on people like me who are the face of the company or trying to be.
Mainly #2 from Entrepreneur.com
2. Publish content — as yourself.
Next, start publishing content regularly, under your own name — not your brand’s. Reveal bits of your personality throughout your writing process, so people get to know you through your material.
It does not say be fake online and a different person in real life. It says Be Yourself.
Again, not everyone is going to agree and not everyone will like the style or method or way you speak, talk, or post. It also does not say sugar coat who you are or who your brand is. Being you is the best you that you can be. I am the best me I can be and sadly, if that means a group won’t like my posts or like me, then so be it. As one of the articles stated…
Why would you want to be around people that uptight anyway?
I fully concur.
I want to leave with you one little tidbit from Chron
Develop a Thick Skin
When you put yourself out there, you should expect to receive negative comments and reactions to everything from your hairstyle to your message. As the face of the company, you must maintain a professional image at all times and learn how to respond appropriately to criticism. A sense of humor helps in many situations, especially when the rebukes take place in a public forum. Maintain your composure and develop a routine for handling negative remarks. Take a deep breath, count to 10 or think about the money you’re earning from the publicity before responding in print, online or in person to the digs and jabs you can expect as the face of your company.
I said “Thank you” to the leader who said this to me. I also removed myself from her group and took a step back to evaluate what she said. This happened about a week or so ago and I didn’t want to react in haste or hurt.
My way of moving on was to write this blog. I did not name names, nor will I. She knows who she is and maybe one day will read this, maybe not. Not my problem or concern.
I wrote this blog to alert others of this mentality and mostly to be aware of it.
You may take to it differently than I did and that is totally fine. You are allowed. I encourage you to because I know then that you are thinking for yourself.
We have enough sheep in this world, we don’t’ need more.
We also have way too much sugar in America and maybe one huge lesson I learned from France was a little less sugar and a little more reality could do us some good here in America.
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