You have followed your dream. You have reached the pinnacle of your career. Only the most prominent people get to sit in the front row seats. You are on view for everyone to see and acknowledge your accomplishments. You are obviously a “doer.”
However, there is always a flip side to front row seats. Remember that the rest of the audience is sitting behind you. They are watching you and listening to you. They expect you to lead the way, to know the answers. Obviously, you have achieved success so you must know how to get things done, to get results. The audience is filled with people who may be just as talented or as smart or as knowledgeable as you but you must know something special. Something that no one else knows. They want to know your secret. They are looking to see if and when you will reveal your closely guarded secret so that they too can be eligible to sit in the front row seats.
This is when responsibility comes into the picture. Since you will not always be the one who is sitting in the front row seat, you must be able to prepare others to take over that duty. There are a few techniques that you might find helpful to complete the job.
- being a teacher gives someone else access to your knowledge
- remaining approachable allows other to ask questions and develop new ideas
- handing initial ideas over to others for further development shows leadership
- positive reinforcements encourages “trial-and-error” development and initiative
- Someone deserving of a front row seat always keeps the audience in mind.