As we prepare to celebrate the second birthday of my book, The Innovative Admin, next week, I have been reviewing the habits I encourage my readers to develop and analyzing how I’m doing in my ongoing quest as an innovative professional. One habit I emphasize is the importance of continuing education. There’s always something new to learn or skills you can develop or strengthen, and nobody ever knows everything…even the experts.
On Friday, I spent the day engaged in my own continuing education by attending the Leadercast 2014 Live Event to learn more about, and reengage with, the ins and outs of becoming a “beyond you” leader. The “beyond you” approach to leadership puts the focus on those around you instead of on you as the leader. At its core, leadership is not about you, it’s about the people you are leading. Without followers, there are no leaders, so what are you doing to instruct, support, inspire, and share knowledge with those around you? As assistants, we have a lot of years of experience, knowledge, and influence in our companies. What are we doing to leverage that knowledge and influence for the benefit of others? Other admins? Other team members? Other executives? Are we willing to help someone achieve even more than we personally have achieved? That’s “beyond you” leadership at its core.
In this week’s feature article, we highlight one of the technology tools that allows you to share your knowledge, experience, and influence for the benefit of others in a very visible way: blogging. There are countless ways to leverage a blog in your career development, so I hope you’ll give it some thought.
There’s no shortage of learning opportunities out there for admins! So whether you choose to advance your skills with us or another resource, I encourage you to get out there and get learning! Your admin career will be better for it!
Supporting your administrative success,