The power and influence of a leader have a big impact on people's lives.
When Alex was in Amazon, she was pushing for her own career development all because her manager told her that she had to do it herself because nobody else will.
Your manager will not push it for you. They will only facilitate whatever you're trying to achieve. You've got to own it yourself. You need to be the one driving forward and tell them what you want, so they can help you with it.
Everybody is in charge of themselves. Be the CEO of your own career. Don't wait for people to tell you what to do.
When Alex was just starting in her new role as the team leader, she created an environment where it was safe to discuss the things her team members wanted to achieve with their careers.
She wanted her team members to own their careers. She wanted them to know that they could take many different directions.
She wanted to support her team members just like how her then-manager supported her. So she spent time getting to know her people to know which direction they want to go. Spending time to connect with your people is different from spending time working on projects.