Leadership skills obtained outside of the workplace can pay dividends in your career. You want to avoid conflict and have things go rosy, but you need to be able to lead tell people what to do and dare I say impose your will to push through decisions. You might be newly graduated, on the hunt for experience or a seasoned veteran. Here are some secrets from outside the office that can help you immensely, hint: something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Now I am an up and coming communications professional. Consultant, officer and editor. When I couldn’t break through the door in a commercial setting, I turned to my artistic side to get me out of a rut.
One thing that started my turning around my fortunes was getting on stage and reciting my own ultra-personal poems. These were the gateway to me trying my hand at playwrighting. Here are the highlights and most applicable work skills I developed.
- Making someone understand your vision
When you have written your script and selected your cast, it is time for them to bring it to life. You have one vision they see it another way and you must strike the balance between being open to suggestion and having the final say. It is a great leadership exercise. Will you listen and still stand firm, or will you be blown away.
- Learning about yourself
I write highly personal plays, so when I am engaging with my actors they express old emotions that often relate to very specific emotions I have had. They can ask “why does my character say this?” which can open me up to recalling and elaborating on something that was important to me. He with a stronger sense of self has a greater foundation for his personality.
As a director, you work with the actors that suit your vision. This can lead to collaboration with people of various ages and backgrounds. As a young director like myself, you can end up supervising someone 10 years your senior, and growing your network by working with people with an international background. Especially a benefit of working with organizations like the Copenhagen theater circle.
If you should ever get in the director’s chair, on whatever scale, just know it will be an opportunity to grow. It could also give you a cool story or two to tell at a job interview.