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Janitor. Lawmaker. Barista. Chief Financial Officer. Bagger. Publisher. Editor. Manager.

Titles tell us who does what. But they don’t tell us how we do what we do.

Unless we love our job, there will always be a missing piece on our nametag. That missing piece is what we wish we could do if we had the courage to do it. What we wish we could do if our boss would let us.

But our boss won’t let us until we ask. And when we ask, they might say no. Then what? Will we keep managing people the way we’re expected to? Or will we manage people the way we’ve always dreamed of: with more care and push than the employee manual expects?

A company expects you to conform to the way things are done within the company. And that’s good. Conformity creates unity in the organization. Conformity makes sure that we’re all on the right page.

But there’s no need to conform so hard that you extinguish the fire of your personality.