I Was Hiding Behind My Jobs!



Elevation requires honesty and transparency. I am always on a journey of self-discovery – every new level in life demands a different version of me.

Remember when I told you that I would never leave you where I haven’t gone! Well, here’s a bit more transparency and I trust that it will help you as much as it helps me.

I’ve told you all how I would dim my light – personally and professionally – so that others could shine. How I would shrink to give others the chance to rise. How I would slow down so others could catch up. I’ve admitted that I remained in the background for years and didn’t take credit for the work that I have done. ​​​​​​​​This is exactly why I can call it out in my clients and help them move past it.

​​​​​​​​Well, last week I realized that I had not only been hiding at my jobs, but I had also been hiding behind my jobs. OMG, I’ve been hiding behind my jobs!!!!!!​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​Hiding behind my jobs kept me in my jobs and out of full-time entrepreneurship. Hiding behind my jobs looked like avoiding media, turning down projects, not submitting conference proposals, and not showing up fully on social media to eliminate the possibility of a conflict of interest with my employer – or that’s what I told myself. My jobs gave me an excuse to play small.

My coach says that things come up when they’re ready to be cleared. So, what do I do now that this has come to the surface? I attack the issue at the core by showing up for myself. I am my priority.

I deserve my best!

Guess what? You deserve your best also!!


Nicki Sanders, MSW, ushers high-performing women of color in mid-level social work and human services leadership through promotion to senior leadership. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life and career aligned with her values and purpose. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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