I was also inspired by Wellness Wednesdays introduced at my daughters’ school, and started a Mindful Mondays campaign for my team by sending a meme, story, or quote that reminds them to put themselves, their well-being, and their families first. The important stuff happens at home, and now that it’s all happening at home, it’s easy to lose sight of the impact that can have on job performance (#6. Surround yourself with great people and #9. Be your team’s biggest cheerleader). In encouraging my team members to be creative and flexible in dealing with multiple responsibilities at home, I’ve had to first assure them that I trust their ability to manage their own time. I’ve been conscientious in my efforts to ensure that I’m not only keeping my team motivated, but also reminding them of what’s important in life.
Starting a new position always brings challenges, but my first 90 days as head of audit during COVID has certainly thrown more curve balls than I’d anticipated. I’ve been thankful throughout to have built up foundational lessons in leadership throughout my career that helped me step up to be the leader my team needed during a difficult time. My early mentors had a big impact on the leader I’ve become, and whatever your current role I’d encourage you to be mindful of your developing leadership style, and attentive to what you’re teaching your team through your words or your actions every day.
This article is dedicated to my amazing team. I am grateful for each and every one of you, and truly appreciate your continued commitment to the success of our group and our company. I am humbled by the opportunity to lead you, especially through a time like this, and trust that the best of days are on the horizon.