Note from Anna: This is a video from the CEO of my former company, Booz Allen Hamilton. I found these 3 examples of a no regrets leadership style very encouraging when I was an employee there back in 2010 and I hope you do too!
All work is honorable.
No matter what we do, we should work like it is an honor in our efforts, attitudes and values. I am honored to do the work I do. But, I have had my share of unfulfilling and uninspiring jobs. I agree with Dr. Shrader that these were the positions where I actually learned the most and where others were watching me closely to see how I would handle it. You never know who is watching you and what opportunity could open if you do your best.
Wisdom knows no rank.
Dr. Shrader advises us to look for advice in unlikely places. The best advice that he received was from an office mate, not from the boss in the corner office. Some of the best advice that I received growing up was from coaches, school counselors, friends and parents. I have learned that it is so important to listen to everyone around you because you never know what will stick with you and impact a future decision.
Time should be precious, but not anxious.
Dr. Shrader advises us to cherish the days and hours in life and not to be anxious or worry about the time. No regrets. Spend your time wisely and do what you can to make a difference with it. I often feel like there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. I like this quote from William Penn, “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” We need to use the time we have wisely.
Making the most of your relationships, effort and time is pertinent to any career or stage of life that you are in.