Do You Remember What it Felt Like When You First Became a Leader?


Do you remember that first time you went from being an employee to being a LEADER? Do you remember the feeling of pride? How about that feeling you could accomplish anything? Have you lost that feeling, or can’t right remember what it felt like?

Here are 3 things you can do to regain that new leader feeling:

  1. Share the story of your journey as a leader with your team, and better yet share your story with someone in the organization who needs your inspiration!!! I have been lucky enough to share my story with so many people over the last several years who have contacted me later to share what an inspiration I was to them, and I had no idea. It is humbling to think that I have a story that is worth telling and is one that will help others aspire to greatness. You have that story too.
  2. Journal everyday. No matter how insignificant you think the happenings of your day are, you never know when you will read back over your journal and find some amazing inspiration to share with others. Sometimes in the remembering and documenting of our daily interactions, successes, and failures we recall the beginning of our careers when the world seemed out in front of us and we could do anything. And then we do.
  3. Mentor someone you see as a leader in the future. Many future leaders don’t see themselves as that leader. They need someone to believe and invest in them. You may see something in them they do not see in themselves. That can be a powerful catalyst to move someone from a follower to a leader.

Becoming a leader is a special event in your life. Don’t forget what that feels like. We need the leaders of today inspired to create the leaders of tomorrow.

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Bobby Shaw

I am a former restaurant company executive with a passion for developing existing and future leaders to achieve high standards. I love helping organizations develop strong people cultures with an emphasis on leadership development that result in top-notch operations and better business results. I have over 30 years in the restaurant business in all facets of operations, from my start at McDonald's in the grill area in 1984 to overseeing 200+ restaurants with Chipotle Mexican Grill from 2002-2012 to leading Freebirds World Burrito's resurgence from 2013-2016 to working with the Salad and Go restaurant startup as CEO in 2016/2017. My real world experience transcends the typical operations background with a focus in leadership development and coaching. At the core of my background and experience, I believe that how leaders get results is just as important as getting them, and what got them where they are, won't necessarily get them where they want to go. I work closely with individual leaders and companies to improve their results through understanding how their strengths impact the overall results. My goal is to help business leaders and companies learn how to leverage the strengths of their employees by understanding their strengths and what they’re good at, and using that knowledge to positively impact their entire organization.

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