If you are a fan of morning television, you might have heard rumblings in the past week or so regarding Ann Curry’s departure from the Today Show. Today, the rumors were confirmed…she is in fact leaving her coveted host chair on the popular morning program. She announced her departure this morning. Ever since the internet buzz began about her rumored departure, I specifically tuned in to see if she would ever mention it. She never did, but her facial expressions and body language did all of the talking. She looked sad, her shoulders were hunched over, her laughs not as hearty.
She referred to the job as her “dream job”. Who ever wants to leave their dream job like this, for all the world to see? In my humble opinion, Ms. Curry did a great job under the circmstances. There are two things she said that stood out to me:
“I have wanted to give you [the viewers] the world.” Leaders have big dreams for the future. The sky is the limit. Although many women preceded Ms. Curry, she wanted to bring her own personality to the role.
“For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line. But man, I did try.” Abrupt changes can leave a leader feeling like they’ve let their followers down. They can also feel like their work was unfinished. But trying is a really big part in wanting to make a difference.
I am looking forward to how Ms. Curry will move forward in the future. I am hopeful that the grace she exuded today will keep her dreaming bigger and better.