Good stuff, Andy! I bet a lot of folks can empathize with the challenges you faced and celebrate the lessons you shared.
It seems a lot of people start off being younger than their direct reports. With the demographic profile of government today, this is inevitable. Big challenges there – both with your direct reports and with yourself I’m betting. It’s sometimes just as hard for a new leader to see themselves as a leader – particularly when they are surrounded by people older than they are.
I really liked the people first lesson. That’s a good one!