At TBI, we are all about growing from within and developing our talent. That is why we have created a home-grown Leadership Development Program that gives TBI employees, who are interested in pursuing management, a chance to learn and practice skills that will help prepare them to lead one day. Today, we feature TBI's Executive Assistant, Ashley Kain.
What is your role at TBI and how long have you been with the organization?
I am the Executive Assistant at TBI and have been with the organization for 6 years as of October 2021.
What made you interested in participating in TBI's Leadership Development Program?
I did not have a direct report on the admin team for over one year, and I thought that TBI’s Leadership Development Program would be a great way to brush up on my management and leadership skills, as well as learn the expectations of leaders within the organization. I love to learn, and I’m always looking for opportunities to acquire new skills, as well as grow both professionally and personally.
What was the biggest takeaway you had from this program?
I had two major takeaways. The first is to ask yourself if you want to be a manager before becoming a manager. Being a manager is not for everyone, and sometimes people become managers because they think it’s the next logical step in the progression of their career. It’s important to ask yourself if you want to be a manager before taking that step. The second takeaway is that you don’t have to have a specific title to be a leader – you can lead right from where you are.
Who have you looked up to for mentorship in your leadership journey?
Within TBI, my mentor is Chantal Dalton, Director of Marketing. I also admire the management and leadership skills of Bryan Reynolds, Sr. Director, Sales Operations, Caitlin Baronti, Senior Human Resources Manager, and Joel Hoffman, Sr. Director, IT & Facilities.
What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership means being authentic and honest even when it is difficult, always operating with integrity, having a vision, and setting goals to achieve that vision, inspiring and motivating people to be their best, admitting when you need help, and lastly, being empathetic and understanding that we are all human.
What's the best advice you can give to those looking to transition into a leadership role?
Be authentic, invest in yourself and your people, don’t be afraid to rely on mentors and peers for guidance and advice.
Connect with Ashley Kain on LinkedIn.