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 Training Manager, Eric Hills.
What is your role at TBI and how long have you been with the organization?
I have served as TBI's Training Manager since January of 2018.
What made you interested in participating in TBI's Leadership Development Program?
The chance to work on my own frontline managerial abilities. I saw the organization taking a vested interest in my success and hoped to take advantage and learn real tools and strategies I’m able to use in my day-to-day.
What was the biggest takeaway you had from this program?
Resist the urge to go fast. We all want to have an impact, but there’s a difference between being methodical and creating activity for the sake of action.
Who have you looked up to for mentorship in your leadership journey?
My former sales director when it comes to sales 101 stuff, my mom as an educator and lifelong learner, and then Dave Landsberger as my TBI compass.
What does leadership mean to you?
Serving my team and the greater organization. It doesn’t mean having the answers, but it does take the willingness to help people find them.
What's the best advice you can give to those looking to transition into a leadership role?
Focus on your individual contributions and speak up when you see a better way. Take time to read - doesn’t have to be business or self-help related. Read fiction, magazines - whatever you like to start, so long as you’re reading something. Reading helps with language, communication and the ability to formulate your own thoughts and opinions articulately.
Connect with Eric Hills on LinkedIn.