Top Gun 51 Profile: Cisco’s Gerri Elliott Embraces Change
… welcome varying perspectives – weigh each of them, challenge your own thinking, and push the envelope – will allow a leader and their teams to uncover the best and most creative solutions.
CF: You recently wrote a blog – From the Bike to the Boardroom, Leadership Lessons from my Peloton – and said there were transferable lessons learned that you can take to the business world. What lessons (name one, two… ) are applicable to next-gen channel leaders?
GE: All of them! But if I had to name the top two from my perspective, I would say the first one is “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you” and the second would be “Inhale confidence, exhale doubt.”
In my mind, these go hand in hand. A great leader must bring the right people together and the right tools to solve problems, but the best leader will do the same with confidence even if what [they] are faced with is uncomfortable and new. That leader will embrace the challenge, lead through ambiguity, and influence the right change. They will exude confidence and positivity when their team needs it the most – when the stakes are high – knowing that it will be worth all the hard work when it’s all said and done.
CF: Broadrooms.com is about developing female leaders and creating more diversity in business at the highest levels. How do the goals and objectives of Broadrooms apply to developing top female next-gen channel leaders?
GE: What we strive to do at Broadrooms is connect and share. Throughout my career, there were many times when I was the only female in the room. That happens more than it should, and that can make that person seem like there aren’t others out there that are like you. That is absolutely not the case. So, our goal is to connect these amazing women and empower them by providing them with opportunities, education and best practices so we can all learn from each other and grow. Next-gen leaders – both female and male – can take a page out of this book. How are they connecting people, welcoming new perspectives, and enabling and empowering their teams? Figure that out and you are well on your way to becoming the next-gen leader you aspire to be!