My retirement was announced this week. I'll be leaving work at the end of May and moving into the next stage of my life.
This change is bittersweet. I have been thinking of all the great friends and colleagues that I have worked with over the years. It seems hard to imagine that I will no longer have the regular interactions with them that I have enjoyed as an IT leader for 22 years. I like to think that I might still see many of them from time to time, but I know that this will be seldom if ever for many. It is hard to think of this loss without some regrets.
Nevertheless, this still feels like a great decision to me. We all have to go sometime, and I'm happy to be going while I am healthy and full of ideas about what to do next. I am looking forward to managing my time to please myself, at least much of the time.
I have been thinking about all of the great leadership lessons I've learned and how they might guide me in retirement. I think I still want to plan my time, prioritize my goals, and actively manage my calendar. I hope I can avoid being one of those retirees who still feels she must manage those around her; I think my husband would object to that. But I know building and maintaining relationships will still remain at the top of my list.
I plan to spend the next four months helping the ITSS team prepare for the future. I know they will do a great job without me. Ultimately, that's the best payoff for good leadership.