Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. - Margret Thatcher
I'm serving as the team lead (non-technical) for a software implementation. Last week the vendors came for a site visit to do some initial testing. After a successful week, we said our goodbye's and the representative from logistics headquarters said to me, "I'm not sure what you do here, but you seem important." All I could think of was this classic scene:
I had been doing some work behind the scenes that week. Mostly, I had let the people who were actually using the software to handling the testing functions themselves. To be overly involved seemed like micro-managing to me. But surely I could have done a better job of defining my value, right? I know that introverts tend to have trouble marketing themselves but another thought came to me, this one from the late Iron Lady herself -
If I have to emphasize that I'm in the lead, does that highlight insecurities I might have about my control over the project? Does my quiet demeanor mean that I have confidence in my team? Or am I selling myself short by not promoting myself and taking credit where credit is do? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this so please enter them in the comments below.
Jay Johnson writes to inspire unconventional thinking coupled with unconventional doing for a better tomorrow.