In the Taking the Lead podcast episode “Toggling between an individual contributor & a leader with Amy Volas,” host Christina Brady discusses with Amy Volas the challenges and transitions between being an individual contributor and a leader. Volas, who had a successful career as an individual contributor, shares her experiences of stepping into a leadership role without any training, leading to a stressful and unpleasant atmosphere.
She emphasizes that leadership isn’t for everyone and that it’s crucial to pursue your vision of success, regardless of external influences. Volas shares her decision to step back from leadership to return to where the action is, focusing on her happiness and alignment with her work. She also discusses the importance of communication in the workplace, expressing her frustration with people who don’t follow through on their commitments. The episode offers insights into the personal journey of a professional navigating the complexities of leadership and individual contribution in the business world.