Q&A

What Tips For Success Do You Have For A Mid-Level Manager When Transitioning Into Their First VP/C-Suite Position?

Source: Life Science Leader
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  • Learn from other leaders: Find and/or create a peer group with whom you can openly share ideas and learn from each other’s experiences. Look for leaders you respect and watch how they work, especially under pressure.
  • Read extensively about leadership and management: A few of my personal favorites are Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline, Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly, and Susan Hodgkinson’s The Leaders Edge.
  • Continue to build on your foundation: Stay current with the latest technical developments in your field as you learn about other areas of the company, industry, and the macro-environment.
  • Take care of yourself: Have a regular routine of healthy habits — eating well, exercising, and sleeping. This is what sustains our energy and motivation, helps build mental and emotional resilience, and is foundational to being an effective leader.

SANDRA POOLE. COO of Mythic Therapeutics, is a senior executive with extensive experience in global biopharmaceutical product development, manufacturing, and business operations.