Marie's Answer: Congratulations on taking an honest look at yourself and making some difficult changes. Your “new attitude” will definitely help to rehabilitate your career. To find out if this can be accomplished at your present company, take these steps:
1. Schedule individual career discussions with the people who control your future. This might include your boss, your boss’s boss or the HR manager.
2. Explain that you now understand why you had problems in your management position. Describe your shift in attitude and give specific examples of improved working relationships.
3. Indicate that your goal is to eventually get back into management. Explain how your style would be different now and ask for an opportunity to demonstrate this. For example, you might offer to lead a project team or fill in when your boss is away.
If management gives you another chance, make the most of it. But if not, be thankful that you learned a valuable lesson and start exploring other options. You might actually enjoy having a fresh start.
To understand what it takes to make personal changes, see How to Change Problem Behaviors.