This week’s blog post is written by Rachel Korycan, Assistant, Human Resource Development, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
After Labor Day I will be leaving my position with Human Resource Development and the Jewish Leadership Institute and will be moving down a floor to work in the Financial Resource Development department. While I am staying here at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, this move will mean a new portfolio, new supervisors, and new challenges.
It took me a while to fully embrace this new opportunity because I was so focused on what I was leaving behind. I am very lucky to have spent the last year and a half working with a wonderful team of intelligent, seasoned, dynamic professionals. I have learned so much from this team that at first the idea of not having them around me on a daily basis worried me.
But then I came across my journal from my senior year of high school. On the cover was a quotation by Helen Keller: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
I had spent so much time looking at that closed door—focusing on what had been and what I would miss—that I overlooked the new door that was opening for me! Once I embraced the idea of allowing the past door of happiness to close, I was able to see what a wonderful, exciting, enriching opportunity the new door offered.
Leadership lesson: Don’t focus so much on past successes that you overlook future possibilities. New ideas, opportunities and challenges arise every day. What makes you a good leader is your ability to step up to the new door, reach out, twist the handle and walk through to the successes that await you on the other side.
As the Talmud says, “The highest form of wisdom is kindness.” Thank you Erica Brown, Vickie Marx, Alison Mershon and Orlee Turitz for sharing your wisdom and kindness with me; it has made this door a very happy one indeed.