Public relations is a team-based activity. You get amazing things done with the help of your colleagues and partners. However, there is something to be said about being an independent worker bee as well. You may pitch into the group and work for the greater good, but you work on your own time and by your own rules. This is usually how I am most productive, most efficient, and most happy.
Here are a few positives to being an independent, and how you can break through the mold:
You depend on YOU – While I turn to my friends and colleagues frequently when I need help (Adrianna hears about every problem I have from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep), when it comes down to it, you are the person there at the end of the day solving the problem. Be your own superhero and best friend – give yourself (and your gut) some credit
You help YOU grow – While maturing and gaining experience is a process that requires time, there is nothing more satisfying than looking back and seeing how far you’ve come. Even the mistakes you’ve made along the way help you to realize your dreams, maybe in a more satisfying way than you ever thought possible. The pride that comes from personal growth is fantastic, and well worth the hard work
You can boss around YOU – To take some more personal initiative, let your team in on your managing style. Show off to your bosses or supervisor (or professor) how you organize your day, delegate projects, or contribute to the group. A little organization leads to a lot of autonomy. You would be surprised how fast your superiors and teammates come to trust you on your own if you show how much you can accomplish