On September 10, 2013, Bernadette will be a panelist at the Sports Business Journal (SBJ) Game Changers Women’s Conference at the Marriott Marquis in New York City—focusing on the multiple ways in which women intersect with sports—along with Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington, PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi, WNBA's Laurel Richie, LPGA's Kathy Milthorpe to name a few.
Earlier this Summer, I spoke with Bernadette at the end of “a good week” while she was finishing up in her office. In our interview, Bernadette shares her secrets to successfully “learn on the job,” and emphasizes the importance of vision-focused leaders who lead “from a place of confident humility.”
Jason Womack: Do you have a simple way to think about how leaders get better?
Bernadette McGlade: Commit to learning. Stick to your vision. Leaders know enough to know they don’t know it all. This is a mindset I adopted early on. In college, I had a clear vision of where I wanted to go: athletic administration. I knew individuals working in this field, and made a point to observe them and learn from their experiences and the examples they set.
To this day, I chip away at clarifying the very specific vision of where I want to be, and then seek out ways to learn more about how to get there. Seek out and work with individuals with whom you respect. Find leaders who have qualities you admire. Smart, empathetic, extremely engaged in whatever they are doing. Leaders who lead from a place of confident humility.
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