While training courses offer unbeatable skills and knowledge, sometimes there’s nothing quite as valuable as sharing in the personal lessons of those managers who have walked before you.
With this understanding, AIM regularly invites inspiring industry leaders to present their career stories at events all around Australia.
Wendy Protheroe, the General Manager of Counselling Services at BoysTown, recently presented at an AIM Women’s Luncheon, offering an insightful and humorous account of her career journey. Not only did she share her wisdom, but she also offered memoirs of each lesson learned.
At the end of the keynote, the consensus among the audience was that Wendy offered that unique type of leadership wisdom that leaves you wishing you’d heard it earlier in your career.
In acknowledgement of leadership wisdom worth sharing, here are 10 lessons to keep in mind:
1. Take the time to reflect and develop the principles you’re prepared to stand for.
These values will form the basis of the decisions you make, direct your path and ultimately mould the type of leader you become.
2. You don’t know what you can’t do until you try.
Give every worthy opportunity a shot, even if you’re not sure if you’ll succeed – the biggest career mistake you can make is never dipping into untapped potential.
3. The strength of the words you choose to speak can damage those you seek to lead.
This piece of wisdom refers to the power of language – you must be responsible for the words you speak, especially to those who look up to you.
4. A good leader accepts bad news calmly.
When you are managing teams, your attitude and outlook can impact those who you lead. It is essential that you represent strength, confidence and direction even in the most chaotic times.
5. Inspiration is not enough – you need action.
While motivating, ambition and passion for a cause will not achieve your goals. You must be hands-on about your objective and act on your intentions.
6. Decision makers are valued
Don’t underestimate the power of being able to make a decision and stick to it – while it may seem simple, this valuable skill can truly set managers apart.
7. Luck is being ready to take the chance
Lucky people do not simply achieve great things by chance – they are open to and readily accept opportunities that come their way. As Roman philosopher Seneca said “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”.
8. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Remember this next time you’re presented with that challenging opportunity and you’re afraid you won’t succeed.
9. There is no elevator to success – you have to take the stairs.
This is a powerfully visual metaphor to remind you that the management journey ahead is going to be hard work.
10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
In the competitive business landscape it can be easy to fall into the trap of trying to do everything yourself, but everybody has their own unique strengths – sometimes you need to call on the skills and knowledge of others.
Hearing about the career journeys of inspiring industry leaders, including both their achievements and challenges, can offer a powerful learning experience that text books simply can’t replicate. This peer-to-peer learning experience is also echoed in the depth of the mentor and mentee relationships that can be career-changing for up-and-coming managers.
Wendy Protheroe is the General Manager of Counselling Services at BoysTown. Her path to this role has included senior executive experience in the areas of strategic planning, economic development, Olympic business facilitation and as a TAFE Director. Wendy is currently a member of the Australian Technology Wellness Roundtable, Federal Government Advisory Group on Child Support and the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Grief and Loss Network.
If you’re interested in mentoring and sharing in the wisdom of other inspiring managers, join AIM in Brisbane for The Exchange on Thursday 19 June. This free event is exclusive to personal members.