It is hard to put into words what it is we actually do as consultants. Yes my resume says something like “train and mentor collegiate women through leadership and professional development” or “facilitate programs on topics such as recruitment, connectedness, and self-confidence”. But is that really what we do? Not even in the slightest.
Sometimes I wish I could say it was that simple. There have been some long days and endless weeks where all I wish is that it was that simple. But living through those tough days and weeks and coming out on the other side a more confident and capable leader and woman, I really couldn’t have asked for this job to be any different. I learned a lot of tough lessons through these past 10 months, both personal and professional. About relationships and trust, true friends and honesty, vulnerability and mutual respect.
See that’s the biggest thing about being a consultant. It isn’t just about the job and the work. It’s about growing as an individual. Because we are so connected to and invested in the work we are doing, it is nearly impossible to separate work life and personal life. They so easily influence one another and are arguably one in the same. I care so deeply for the women I have worked with and I feel the most proud when I see them succeed. There have been a lot of tough conversations and a lot of tough love. These things don’t get any easier with experience, especially when you’re a feeler like I am.
As you are getting ready to take on your LC year, consider these thoughts that I have gathered from my experience.
It is important to find your person (or people). Whether they are chapter women, volunteers, your supervisor, other LCs, the barista, an FSA… no matter how independent you think you are, you need someone to help carry the load.
Being open and vulnerable with chapter members can help you build stronger relationships. Putting on a “work face” 24/7 is exhausting…
Tell your officers you are proud of the work they are doing. Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in all that is going wrong, but recognizing their efforts and dedication will not only fill their bucket, but also your own.
Your attitude is one of the easiest ways to influence those around you.
A chapter’s performance is not a reflection of your success.
This job will challenge you. It is an emotional roller coaster that no one can truly define. You may never feel fully prepared to face what’s in front of you but that is all part of the experience! Welcome to the LC family. Make us proud, and know you are never alone on this journey. I’m rooting for you!
ps- BIG thanks to these women for being an incredible support system and comic relief therapy. Can’t wait to see where the future takes y’all! Proud to have worked along side each and every one of you.