Highlights from our January 11, 2017, Dinner and Professional Development at The Skyline Club

Many believe the only role of an Executive Assistant is to provide secretarial support for their executive.  They don’t recognize or are not recognized, that they are leaders- an extension of their executive and sought after for direction, expertise, and information. These are perfect opportunities to “Lead Where you are Planted”.

At the January 2017 membership meeting, Ruth Mannschreck, Shoreline Strategies, kicked off the New Year with stimulating discussion and coaching opportunity title ‘Lead From Where You Are Planted’.  She talked about many valuable leadership techniques; however, the most inspirational we found was that you can’t lead others until you first lead yourself. How astute! You begin by having a call to action; building a rapport by being genuine; and, keeping the end result in mind (what do you want the person, to think, feel, or do?).

What did we take away from the professional development?  It is not a title that makes a leader. It is your character, confidence, and connections.  After all, what is accomplished happens not from one person, but through the efforts of others.

Submitted by:

Lisa Higgins, executive assistant to senior vice president, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Jennifer Manion, executive assistant to president and CEO, Blue Care Network

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Join Ruth when she hosts the EWI Corporate Professional Development Webinar on April 4th, 2017 from 3-4 pm Eastern.

She’ll share a whole lot more on “Lead From Where You Are Planted”.  More information and registration coming. Join our mailing list so you don’t miss the notification.

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