I also want you to know that even in a dream job, there are bad days as well as good ones. As much as I loved Microsoft, there was a brief time when I considered quitting. I worried that the people I saw in managing roles (all men, by the way) had a very different leadership style than I did—more aggressive, less collaborative. I thought that in order to succeed, I’d need to act more like them. But when I tried it, I hated it.
Fortunately, I made a deal with myself that before I could leave, I would try being myself and managing in a way that felt true to me. And that was the moment everything changed. It turned out there was room for my leadership style, too. Nothing made me prouder than when colleagues started asking to be reassigned to my team.