By Stefanie Collins, Program Manager, Employee Resource Groups
In December, five Cushman & Wakefield professionals were awarded scholarships by our Womens Integrated Network to participate in the 2018 Leadership Certificate Program, presented by Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). The scholarships were made in honor of the late Shelley Radomski, former Executive Managing Director, Brokerage & Capital Markets, Americas, and a strong advocate for female leadership development.
Session 1 of the certificate program got underway Jan. 30-31 in Tucson, with a Leadership Connection presentation by Gloria Schuck, PhD, a lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. The session aimed to help participants reflect on their leadership style, recognize the unconscious signals they send, examine the mindsets that drive behavior, and create goals to develop leadership capabilities.
The overall message was understanding the importance of being your authentic self, and remembering to keep one food grounded in reality with the other in dream-big vision mode, Wainwright said. “Truly successful leaders know how to keep that tension and keep things in balance,” she said.
The interactive presentation offered plenty of opportunities to engage with other participants, sharing ideas and getting feedback. The last activity of the day brought the program’s lesson together: Everyone was asked to identify their No. 1 goal, using the guidelines that it be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound.
For Bates, the program helped her identify her leadership style. “I was able to look inward at my behaviors and understand how I can effect change and bring out the best in my team,” she said. “Often times we lay out financial goals but not a clearly defined path as to how we will achieve those goals. If we do that, each person on the team can look at what they’re doing to help execute the goals and understand the role they play. Each can be measured and held accountable for their performance.”
Beyond the content of the programs, the participants praised the networking opportunities and the value of having the opportunity to connect with other scholarship recipients from Cushman & Wakefield. Also attending the conference was Alison Beddard, Senior Director, Office and Investment, Salt Lake City, and CREW’s Immediate Past President.
As Program Manager, Stefanie Collins launches, oversees, and supports Cushman & Wakefield’s Employee Resource Groups, as well as ongoing Talent Management operations and projects.