Today, Monique Moreno continues to take us through her leadership journey in part 4 of 5 of her leadership blog series. She is covering her leadership journey as she attempts to survive in this 21st century technological jungle.
Over Christmas break, I held two seasonal jobs. One was at an upscale jewelry place; one was at a national clothing chain. I expected there to be a difference in the way the employees were treated, but never did I imagine the differences would be made so painfully obvious. At the jewelry store, we were treated to dinners, had healthy competition amongst us as we participated in employee contests, and even had a fully stocked fridge. At the national clothing chain, the managers didn’t remember my name, we were treated as if we were invisible, and we were never treated to nice meals. (Oh, no. I take it back. One time I had a slice of cold pizza, though I’m not too sure what its origins were.) You can guess which place I’ll be happily returning to work seasonally this coming Christmas break, and which one I will never again step foot in as long as I live.
Being college-aged has given me a great opportunity to partake in many leadership roles, but it has also allowed me the chance to step into things at the “bottom of the ladder” and really get a feel for what it’s like to be on the other side. It’s demonstrated to me again and again that the way you treat the people you lead really does make a difference.
Check back next Thursday to read the final post about Monique’s leadership journey!