Overcoming the "glass ceiling" is a topic that I share a perspective on with women's empowerment groups. There has been significant research why women are still not represented equally in roles of leadership. No matter what industry, there are real challenges that exist for us. One of the ways to respond to "glass ceiling" is seeking leadership opportunities outside of their core job responsibilities.
Some of you may ask what a glass ceiling exactly is. Good question. It's certainly not a home improvement. Glass ceiling is an unofficially acknowledged barrier to advancement in a profession, especially affecting women and members of minorities.
As a MATA(Memphis Area Transit Authority) Commissioner, my roles and responsibilities include directing/guiding policymaking in public transportation, overseeing the systems performance, and championing the rights and interests of the community. This role and similar roles, in the past, allows me to cultivate myself in a way that I would not be able to in my actual job. In addition, it has significantly improved the contribution I make to my employer and created opportunities that remind me that I'm not "trapped" in my current job. I have the choices and so do you! Don't SIT AROUND and WAIT for your organization give you your choices! Take charge of your career!
The opportunity to pursue your passion through your work can literally turn what seems like a dead end job into a satisfying career. Do what you love and you will always love what you do.
A few years ago, it became clear to me that I couldn't move to the next level unless I was willing to make a major relocation. Not ready to do that quite yet, I found myself restless and ready take on more responsibility. I began to explore needs across the organization; areas outside of my direct responsibility that could be opportunities to give more. I decide to align my passion for helping people with my organization's mission to be a good corporate citizen. What started out as a need to give back has grown into something so much more than I expected.
When I learned that it would take a major life change for me to be promoted, I could have moved on or fell into "auto-pilot" but I decided to take control of my career and bring value to the organization in additional ways. I am now acknowledged by my company as a leader in corporate engagement. The same can and should happen for everyone. Just follow these rules:
-Give back to the community
-Do things you're passionate about
-Lead from where you stand
-Help others do the same