Martin George, Commercial Director of British Airways made that decision today, to step down from his role after 19 years of dedicated service to the company.
When it comes to knowing how to make that decision, when to make that decision and what to do from that point forward in your life, this can often be very stressfully and emotionally draining.
If you know what you want to do, moving forward, then leaving a senior executive role is easier, since you are often already on track in your mind to your new project be it a hobby, new business or new role someplace else.
When there is uncertainty, this can raise fear and concern and this is both at the mental and emotional level. Being alone at the top when you were in the role, hiding emotions and vulnerability doesn’t change much when you leave. People around you still have expectations of you, whether it’s the hawks in the city looking for news or the family who look to you as the key solid and stable figure.
When coaching executives who face such realities, it’s impressive to see how quickly and easily, with a touch of support and understanding, lots of encouragement and focus, they find a new route, a fresh goal or project to focus their attention on.
Coming from success, they swiftly and relatively easily are able to recreate success in their chosen area.
Stepping down from one role is often the first step of stepping into a new an exciting realm of new opportunities, challenges and possibilities.
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