Just after, “What’s your name?” inevitably comes, “So, what do you do?”
Over the years, I’ve answered this question with all of my various job titles and organization names. Some sounded boring. (“I’m the membership assistant at the local Chamber of Commerce.”) Some sounded mildly impressive. (“I’m the Marketing and Communications Director for one of the largest mega-churches in the country.”) Some made people confused. (“I’m the Directional Leader to Women.” Huh?)
I used to dread that moment. That moment when I would be sized up and judged by how cool my company was or how important my title sounded or how many people or dollars I was responsible for.
Not any more.
Now when I’m introducing myself for the first time at a client meeting, an airport, a soccer game, or even a fashion show, I can’t wait for people to ask me the “So, what do you do?” question.
I look forward to the previously dreaded moment because I’ve ditched all the titles – impressive or not. And I think you should to.
You see, now when people ask, “What do you do?” I answer with my purpose, not a position. I give an answer to inspire, not to impress.
“What do I do? I empower women leaders to change the world.”
This is what I do. This is my big dream. Yes, I’m a leadership coach, speaker, consultant, author, wife, and mom. But what I do is empower leaders whether at a conference or a coffee table.
Leader friend, your position is not the point, your title not even close to the tell-all description of God’s design for your life and leadership.
What about you? What’s your big dream? Beyond your title or position, what has God put in you to do?
Leader friend, how will you answer this question: What do YOU do?
*If you need help figuring that out, look no further. I get a huge kick out of walking alongside leaders on this discovery process. Helping leaders like you discover your leadership style, purpose and potential is one of my favorite things ever. Email me today to get started! firstname.lastname@example.org