Emerging Leader Spotlight: Jamie Woodburn

Every month we ask an emerging leader we admire to share what she is doing to take the lead in her career. We invite her to share how she achieved her current position, what obstacles she encountered on her climb, as well as tips for how to be a rising woman of influence.

Emerging Leader Spotlight: Jamie WoodburnThis month we shine the Emerging Leader Spotlight on Jamie Woodburn, Marketing & Communications Manager with Workforce Strategies, Inc. (WSI).

Favorite leadership quote:

Integrity is doing the right thing, even when nobody is watching.”   —C.S Lewis.

Why did you choose your current career path?

I was born with creative genes and knew early on that I wanted a career in marketing, advertising, or writing. I remember being in middle school and loving People magazine so much that I intended to grow up and be a writer for People. I’ve always been fascinated by how things work behind the scenes and the processes to get from concept to finished product. That helped steer me toward a degree in advertising and ultimately a career in marketing.

What is your leadership style?

I lead with my talents of customer- centricity, responsibility, and resourcefulness. I’ve also always made the effort to lead by example and just be a genuinely good person. Being kind really goes a long way!

What are some top tips you can recommend to other women who want to be recognized as  high potential emerging leaders?

1.  Living in a comfort zone is nice and cozy, but stepping out of it can result in some pretty amazing things. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a big fan of comfort zones, but over the years I’ve learned to take baby steps…then giant steps…and then leaps. Did they all lead to life-changing results? No. But did I learn something from each step? You bet, especially that I’d rather do something and fail than wonder ‘what-if’. Finding Jo and the Be Leaderly site played a huge role in nudging me out of my comfort zone, adjusting my focus, and landing the role I’m in today.

2.  A manager and a leader are not the same. You don’t need a title to be a leader – you lead by example. Be Leaderly’s 5 Ways to be a Leader, Not a Manager describes the differences between the two.

3.  Don’t just sit back and wait for things to happen. You alone control your life and your career. If something is missing or unfulfilling, do what you can to make it so. Last year, I was inspired by this article to find my niche and it really got the ball rolling in the pursuit of advancing my career. Find your sweet spot and make things happen!

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