I have been with Amazon for a very short period of time. Got employed as Area Manager at HAM2 in Hamburg, Germany. In my new role, and especially now at the beginning, I meet new colleagues all the time. And one of the questions I get asked a lot is: What’s my background, or what is my prior experience. Leadership was not a new topic to me.
Back in 2004, when I opt to be a student at the first generation of students in the Police Academy in Macedonia 🇲🇰, I participated in a selection process where out of 1080 candidates, I ended up being the 18th on the list thanks to my High School middle grade, the theory examination, the psychological and conditioning testing. We were 120 students in the first generation of Criminology and Criminalistics studies. After 4 years of my bachelor’s studies, I graduated with a middle score of 9,15 out of 10. However, the nepotism and the corruption in Macedonia, kicked me out of the country only 4 months after I had my diploma in my hands.
I was desperately looking for a career that would help me get out from there, earn well, feel valued, work and be professional.
I am forever grateful to Qatar Airways 🇶🇦 for the great chance to be welcomed and become part of their Cabin Crew team. I worked for the Airline for almost 10 years. During my career progress with the Airline, I was promoted 3 times. From cabin Crew in Economy Class to Cabin Crew in First and Business Class, than Cabin Senior and last work position I was promoted was Cabin Service Director or an overall In-charge on the flights and been directly responsive to the higher management of the Airline. The last 5 years I was in a leadership position and have obtained trainings in Basic and Senior Level Leadership Programs, Emotional and Cultural Intelligence, Excellent Customer Service, Safety and First Aid trainings and many more.
Right after my resignation, I moved to Germany 🇩🇪 where I started an intensive course in learning the German language and started my Master’s Studies in Aviation Management 🛫 at the State-Owned University Wildau, near Berlin. I have successfully passed all the exams and I am currently writing my master’s thesis on the topic: Women Managers in Aviation.
At the beginning of my studies, I worked as an assistant in a SnoreLab (Pneumology department) at Helios Kliniken in Schwerin, Germany as a mini jobber. As soon as I passed the last exam of my Master’s Studies, I applied for the Area Manager position at Amazon in Hamburg, Germany 🇩🇪 and was successful in the same.
As stated at the beginning of the text, leadership is not a new topic to me. But certainly, it’s one field I feel myself establishing, learning, and developing.
To me, leadership is not just about influencing others. As a criminologist that unfortunately wasn’t given a chance to detect and prevent crime, I understood that leadership is vital to communication, teamwork, and collaboration. I believe that with updated leadership knowledge and continuous feedback, I can contribute toward pragmatic integrated leadership that will successfully coordinate the efforts of multiple disciplines toward organizational shared goals where we all would feel happy, heard, and satisfied.
The Amazon chapter of my own story has started writing its pages that hopefully, to some, would be motivation, inspiration and maybe an example to follow.
Cause the world is a platform with endless possibilities, opportunities, and choices.
You only need your courage and your will to look for them.
See you in the next blog.
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