Year One is in the books. All coursework is finished, signature assignments completed, and articles read. I am officially a second-year doctoral student. I have to admit – I’ve loved every minute of it. In fact, I wonder why I waited so long to get started. Of course, there are several practical reasons why it took me over six years to send in that admission application – time and money to just name two. But, that’s in the past now, just like year one.
As I reflect back on year one, I see growth and it makes me smile.
First, I am finding my professional voice. I’m learning to speak as the expert. As students, we are all being challenged to find our voice as the expert in the field. There might have been an attitude of “fake it until you make it” when I began this program. However, it is becoming clear, I don’t have to fake it.
I AM the expert!
My examination of literature and experiences allowed me to grow as a leader in my field. My understanding of leadership, mentoring, higher education, and talent management has surpassed my expectations.
I can’t examine my growth as a professional without evaluating my personal growth as well. This is a doctoral program in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Transformational Change. I am finding that the transformational change isn’t only professional. I am personally changing as well. I am becoming more self-aware. I am aware of the way my actions affect those around me, including those I lead. I am also learning to listen – and listen well. Listening well is critical to good decision-making (look for a blog on that soon).
Year one is done. It’s been an amazing year of growth and learning. Bring on Year Two!