YP Live: Journeys Through Leadership
November 14, 2019
15 young professionals attended a webinar hosted by the MAPP YP Network. Attendees were able to hear our three Industry Leaders answer questions provided by young professionals. They shared their experience, insights and advice over the hour-long webinar.
Listed below are two of the questions and partial answers given to us by the Industry Leaders:
What behaviors or traits have you seen derail leaders’ careers? What missteps are you seeing Young Professionals make?
- A good leader tends to be self-deprecating/humble
- Avoid harassment/hostile work environment
- Don’t focus on greed – not a good long-term strategy
- Think about who you like to follow and who you don’t like to follow
- Ex. a dishonest leader is not going to be effective, because people will see through it
- Don’t be late
- Need to be prepared. That doesn’t just mean knowing what it’s about – ask questions about the purpose of the meeting, what you need to do to be prepared.
- Be thorough – take the time to do it right
- Not following through with what you said you were going to do, particularly by a certain deadline. If you’re having trouble, struggling, having difficulty prioritizing, need to speak up and say so – your management doesn’t want you to surprise them when something is late / poor communication
- Self-development – read a book/blog, pursue professional opportunities, etc.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Lots of young leaders tend to defer to others in decision-making processes, but if you’re selected, then own it. You were probably chosen for a reason – because of your experience, intuition, etc.
Managers often struggle with transitioning from a "do-er" to a manager. What advice do you have for anyone experiencing this transition?
- Realize that there are only so many hours in the day – you can’t do everything yourself
- If you try to do everything it certainly won’t all get well done – worst-case scenario is that someone does a half-ass job just like you would have. Best case is that they’ll find a better way to do it.
- Remember to follow-up. Make sure you’re checking in and providing support.
- Before getting to critical on your team, self-reflect and see if there’s something you could have done better as well.
- Team isn’t always perfect, but neither are you
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