Challenges are constant. It took a while for Sara to understand this.
As a leader, your job is to solve problems and you have to accept the fact that you don't have the answers to all the problems. Enjoy solving every problem and celebrate each win. Always remember that problems come and go.
Your presence in the organization and what you contribute, change as you move up in leadership. You become a different person professionally at every level.
When Sara was a manager, she was doing a lot of hands-on coaching with her team and was deeply involved in their development.
When she moved up to the director level, her peer group changed, how she interacted with other managers had to change, and the way that she looked at things changed.
She was no longer focused on the silo of her team alone but on the business impact of her decision-making versus the impact of the decision on her team and on their customers.
As you continue to move up in leadership, you will have significant personal growth during the transition. You will be more collaborative that you can get along with almost anyone in your organization.
It is important to have a healthy conversation with your people because it's part of your job as a leader.
Another challenge that Sara had encountered was when the imposter syndrome hit her after being promoted to the director level.
Imposter syndrome is a belief that we get in our own minds that we're not good enough or we don't belong in this particular position. It happens across the board, regardless of the level, role, company, and size.
She overcame this after hearing the phrase "fake it till you become it". She realized that she will get there eventually, she just needs to continue and learn from all of her experiences.
You don't have to show up and be the perfect confident person every step of the way. Just continue to work at it and never let it defeat you.
Sometimes it takes you longer to get to that level of comfort than others. But you will get there.
You will become it if you put the time and effort into it.