My teacher had a firm grip on my ear as she led me down the hall to the principal’s office.
Dead first-grader walking.
My crime was fueled by my not knowing what a certain word meant.
I had interrupted our classroom lunch break when I stood and proclaimed:
👑 “I’m the king, Jenny’s the queen, and the rest of y’all are jackasses!”
In time, I advanced from self-proclaimed royalty to earning real promotions in sports, student government, the Marine Corps, and the corporate world.
Being promoted above your former peers is a formative leadership experience.
The first time it happens, you feel energized, nervous, proud, awkward, honored, and uneasy—all at the same time.
💥 Will they really “see me” in my new role when they know so much of my backstory?
💥 Will they respect my new authority?
💥 Can we still be friends outside of work?
I’ve had the opportunity to interview many Generation Z leaders in preparation for an upcoming panel discussion.
High performing GenZ individual contributors are now becoming managers among their peers.
💪 If you’re a GenZ leader, know that it gets easier with time and experience.
💪 If you’re a more senior leader, be generous when sharing your time and perspective with these rising stars.