FUSE OPEN – Celebrating and supporting diverse paths to leadership
“You learn the most from a difficult situation. Next time you have a bad day, really think about what you want to learn from it and take that into the next tough situation you face.” – Louise Johnson
To mark International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March, Fuse held an open session for all Fusers under the theme ‘Celebrating and Supporting Diverse Paths to Leadership’.
The session brought together leaders from across OMG UK to share both their personal and professional paths with the leaders of tomorrow in Fuse.
The afternoon started with a Path to Leadership Panel hosted by Rachael Smith, Director of Brand Partnerships & Purpose at Fuse; with panellists Claire Maker, Executive Director, Manning Gottlieb OMD); David Fletcher, Commercial Director, OMG Global Investment and Louise Johnson, CEO, Fuse.
After the panel Fusers were given the opportunity to speak to the panellists, along with other leaders across Fuse, in small group speed mentoring sessions. Here’s what we learnt:
LEADERSHIP COMES IN ALL SHAPES, SIZES (AND POSITIONS ON THE CAREER LADDER)
People often mistake authority and power for leadership, especially within the workplace. You don’t need to be a CEO, or even a Manager, to be a great leader. What makes a leader is a desire to achieve goals, help others and to create something better than what already exists. This can come from any level at a company.
YOUR NETWORK SHOULD BE BROAD, AND RELATIONSHIPS SHOULD BE NURTURED
“Your mentor shouldn’t just be within your department, or even company, you should be looking for people who can enrich your skills both in and outside of the workplace…” Claire Maker said as we sat down for our one-to-one session. Time needs to be spent on a relationship for it to grow and be meaningful.
KINDNESS & COMPASSION IN THE WORKPLACE GOES A LONG WAY
A number of leaders also spoke about how kindness and compassion is key in the workplace. Although this can sometimes be perceived as a weakness, in reality this is not the case at all. Being open to others enables us to face tough times with creativity and resilience.
NO TWO ROADS ARE THE SAME, THIS IS OUR GREATEST STRENGTH
How can we excel and expand creatively as a company if we’re only looking through one lens? The diversity of the individual paths we’ve taken to where we are now is what can push our business forward. Everything we have done, not only in our work life, but in our personal life too has had an impact and made us the leaders we are today (whether we realise we are leaders or not).
ACTION REALLY DOES CREATE IMPACT
In an age where people want to be seen as ‘doing the right thing’ it’s important that companies stand and take action, rather than just talking about issues. Fuse has launched a Diversity & Inclusion Group which is working to build an inclusive business that reflects the UK today. This group will help to shape the future of Fuse for the better.
Article written by Ellen Topley, account manager at Fuse