May 2023: Leadership

June 9, 2023



Many of us have been fortunate enough to work for a true leader — someone who had subject matter expertise, vision, excellent people skills and a desire to help their team be their best.

But what qualities and abilities must such an individual have to succeed as a leader? And if they haven’t been in a managerial role before, how do they acquire that knowledge?

This month, IOFM explores leadership from the perspective of those who have been there.

This month’s question:

What’s the biggest lesson you learned about leadership from your experiences? What would your advice be to a practitioner who’s assumed their very first management role?




Automation and Leadership

We asked Amber Spencer, AP Director for the Chicago-area Metra Commuter Rail System, what challenges she faced when she started her journey there. Learn how she managed to streamline a very paper-dependent process in this fascinating Q&A.




Learning the Ropes

If you’re promoted to a leadership role for the first time, your initial approach can have a major impact on how successful you are. IOFM offers tips for navigating your new responsibilities and avoiding common mistakes that can trip you up.




FREE WEBINAR: Create and Design Your Leadership Legacy

Each day that we lead people, we are building our legacy. All too often we get so caught up in our day-to-day work that we lose sight of the impact we’re having on the individuals we are responsible to lead. Join IOFM and Monica Brooks for this free on-demand webinar where you will learn how to reflect and plan for your leadership legacy.




Gaining Recognition

IOFM’s third-party vendor master file advisor, Debra Richardson, grew up with a leadership mindset. She discovered early on that finding something she was interested in and then becoming a subject matter expert in it was the key to success.


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