It seemed like a simple question at first, but as I answered, it became clear that the answer is complicated if we have not spent the time to think about it.
So I spent some time thinking about it recently.
Assume for this exercise that the question is aimed higher than just answering that you want a job or title, like “I want to be a CIO.” Think about it more in the spirit of answering what you are all about—the package an employer receives when they hire you. Not the titles they are filling or a comparison between size of budgets and number of employees they have, and your experience levels within each of those those specific things.
Not so easy, is it?
In my case, many themes circled around my head as I contemplated the answer. Here are some of them:
- I want to lead in a collaborative, engaging, and inspiring way where everyone is proud of the work of the team
- I want to make a meaningful difference in the lives (work and outside) of the people I work with
- I want the impact my teams deliver to be significant, measurable, and not just “talk”
- I want to help people and organizations change the way they work and lead to stay relevant
- I want the team to win, and to know when we win, or what we need to do to win
- I want my team and organization to have my back, and I to have theirs
The challenge becomes how to succinctly summarize what you want. Forcing yourself to speak and write about it simply is never easy. And because of that, we take the easy way out and just talk about the jobs and titles we want.
So here it goes…
I want the opportunity to make a difference by leading, engaging, and inspiring others to be proud of their work, feel valued and trusted, and deliver meaningful and measureable outcomes of value for the organization, the team, and themselves.
With pride and trust come outcomes, yet both are developed over time through challenging conversations, debates, and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones to listen to unique perspectives. This can only come if we have the same shared and simplified goals. I want those too.
That’s what I want to do.
So, what do you want to do?