In preparing the second edition of his book, The Next Level, for publication this fall,
He’ll also lend a hand to younger leaders.
Eblin met Frances Reimers last year. Reimers, communications and program manager for Sister Cities International, has great advice for young professionals moving into leadership:
How’s your connectivity? “You might think you’re awesome,” Reimers says, “but if everyone else thinks you’re obnoxious, that’s a problem.”
Make that two-way communication. Put others first: their problems, their history, their points of view. Say as little as possible and leave it to the other person what to ask you.
Put out fires. Reimers points out that e-mail and texting let people avoid dealing with tough stuff face-to-face. Conflict needs to be resolved through talking, not texting.
Hunt for mentors. Be as persistent as a dog searching for truffles. “A lot of young professionals think a mentor is just going to land in their laps,” Reimers says. “You have mentors all around you. Look for role models.”
Volunteer. Grab whatever comes your way, inside and outside your job. It expands your organization’s reputation and makes you feel great.
Manage up. “You’re not going to get an awesome manager in every job,” Reimers notes. “Sometimes you get managers who absolutely stink and don’t deserve to be there.” Step back. See what motivates them and how they operate. You have to adapt. If that doesn’t work, accomplish what you can and leave gracefully.
Survive a leadership fail. Everybody tanks now and then. Accept it. You’ll get over it a lot faster. “People don’t judge you when you fall,” Reimers says. “They judge you on how fast you get up.”
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