There’s a lot to be said about work culture today. More and more companies offer flex schedules, better parental leave, and value creative work. And perspectives have shifted, allowing us to switch jobs or industries in our pursuit of the “just right” fit.
We also celebrate people who start their own companies—whether we call them “serial entrepreneurs,” “solopreneurs,” “mompreneurs,” or just “bloggers”—and many of today’s leaders are self-made, often taking a great idea and bringing it to fruition through years of hard work. But more freedom also means that some of the formal elements of office work have virtually disappeared. Maybe the biggest concern? A lack of leadership training.
Work looked different for our parents’ and grandparents’ generations. You often stayed at the same company for decades and worked your way up, slowly, surely, patiently. And so, by the time you got promoted to manager, you’d been carefully vetted and prepared over the course of years. Often, that preparation included hours of formal management training.
Today, many of us will find ourselves overseeing teams without any guidance or previous experience. Some of us will have spent years flying solo as freelancers or serving in creative roles where we only answered to a boss or client. And that means that too many of us will have never managed anyone else’s time, given critical feedback, or—worst of all—had to fire someone.
Thankfully, formal training isn’t everything and there are resources like Career Contessa spending our days trying to help women build successful carers. Here are some books to help you help yourself. Autodidacts unite.
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