I recently read a book by Alyssa Mastromonaco, former White House deputy chief of staff, called “Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House,” where she candidly shares some of her biggest lessons in leadership from her time working with Barack Obama. Whatever your political views, everyone can agree that working in the White House is a really big deal -- and these leadership lessons apply across any industry!
From the importance of kindness to developing resilience, here are some of the inspiring lessons Alyssa shared in her story.
Always be prepared to defend your choices, whether to yourself, your coworkers, or your family. “Learning how to become a decision maker, and how you ultimately justify your choices, can define who you are.”
“Hard work and a good attitude can get you further than you could ever dream.”
You can never be too prepared! Taking time to think through what’s ahead -- the next five steps - can go a long way in making you feel confident and ready.
Your words have power! “Think about how what you say could affect people, from the top down.”
“Being resilient means being honest: You have to admit when you’re struggling. Usually, someone will help you.”
Always make time to help someone out. “Kindness - you can call it generosity, or goodwill - really means something."