Today is the fourth day of the new blog series entitled Bring Your Leadership to Life! Join us throughout the month of March and beyond as we feature guest bloggers who share their perspective on how they bring their leadership to life! This blog series highlights the theme of the 2nd Annual Evening for Austin Leading Ladies, an event that SOS Leadership is honored to be hosting in partnership with The Concordia MBA on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Concordia University Texas. Learn more about this powerful event and register at www.austinleadingladies.com.
Today’s blog post comes from Ashley Moyer
Shortly after reading my husband’s (Billy Moyer, co-founder of SOS Leadership) new book The Turnaround, I started a new position with Hispanic Scholarship Consortium (HSC) as their Director of Development. Although I won’t graduate for another two months, I knew this would be a great opportunity to apply what I have learned in the Concordia MBA (see some of my past posts about my journey through this program).
As one of two full-time staff members, I am able to have a great impact on the organization. I love this because I am able to directly change things I see that are not working as best as they could be. One of the first things I noticed needed improvement was the use of our interns. We have five amazing interns from St. Edward’s University. It didn’t take me long to realize they needed to be refocused. As they are halfway through the semester, I thought about the main character in The Turnaround, Jack, and his meetings with each staff member.
As Jack meets with everyone from the CFO to the receptionist to the Director of Sales, he learns more about each employee and their personal and professional goals. Similarly, I met with each intern individually to learn of their career plans and how that fits in at HSC. From that I have assigned each of the interns two semester long projects. Each project provides them experience that will help them in the future and help HSC right now.
Applying the knowledge I have gained in my studies along with a little inspiration from Billy’s book, I have reengaged a group of interns and helped them continue in a positive direction on their leadership journey. I find it important to constantly build others up and encourage them to choose growth. I have learned that true effective leadership is when you are building up other leaders. That is how I will continue to bring my leadership to life.
Stay tuned in the days to come as the Bring Your Leadership to Life Series continues….