I spent most of my career working for an organization that not only gave everyone a job title but a job level as well. A very common practice as it’s a way to ensure that responsibilities-and compensation, for that matter-are aligned.
A side effect of such a process is that there are always going to be those who will consider your views and contributions solely based on your title or level. It’s as if they did not nor could not respect the word of someone whom they deemed to be beneath them. That was never more apparent to me than during my time as a leadership facilitator.
I quickly discovered that in order to be successful in my role, there were times that I had to be prepared to be challenged and face the challengers head on. That meant being confident, sometimes even bold, and at other times, being prepared with value added information like a quote from a renowned writer, a recommendation for additional reading or a link to an internal policy.
In other words, I needed to be prepared to link my message to someone or something that they could respect.
Lord, give me the courage to be bold, the confidence to be myself and the forbearance to face my challengers. Amen. — DR