Meet an AIM Member

Meet an AIM Member

We ask AIM Members a few tricky questions about themselves and their businesses.

Charlie Elliot, new AIMbassador

CHARLIE ELLIOTT, STUDENT AIMBASSADOR, UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Charlie is the second Student AIMbassador who will spread the insights, knowledge and value that Membership of AIM, Australia’s top leadership organisation, can offer at any stage of your career.

 

WHAT IS THE KEY LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM DOING BUSINESS OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS?

One very important lesson I have learned is how much you can achieve with the people you are with. Being with a group of people who share the same values, motivation and determination as you to improve a business is more important than simply having a great business idea.

Put simply, it is like catching a cold – you catch the attitude and feelings of the people you work with. It is therefore imperative that whether you start a business or simply work in a retail team, you have people who are self-motivated and determined to make a difference.

 

WHAT’S ONE THING YOU’D LIKE OTHER AIM MEMBERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I chose to become an AIM Member and AIMbassador to gain more knowledge about management and leadership, as well as have the opportunity to meet people who have had career success, from whom I can learn. I believe AIM and its members share the same value of leading people and businesses to success and to generate a positive impact towards society. That is a group I want to be a part of. I also enjoy playing sports, especially basketball and tennis.

 

DO YOU HAVE A ‘MOST DISLIKED’ PIECE OF LEADERSHIP JARGON?

No. I believe all pieces of leadership jargon have relevancy. Everyone can learn from the many variations of the definition of leadership.

 

WHAT IS THE BUSINESS ADVICE YOU MOST OFTEN SHARE WITH OTHERS LIKE YOURSELF?

Know yourself. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Even when you are starting out on your career, it’s important to know your passion, but also to understand whether that is truly where your strengths lie. Progressing through your career using your strengths will allow you to realise one day that you can use your strengths towards your passion in a certain way, allowing you to have the best of both.

 

IS THERE A LEADER WHO YOU ADMIRE AND WOULD MOST LIKE TO EMULATE?

Jack Welch as well as a few close friends. One of my favourite quotes from Jack Welch is ‘Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others’. That quote had a major impact on me because that reflects my experience working as an assistant administration manager. I realised that I could not lead a team if I myself did not grow first, without having the knowledge of the job and having the right mentality. After having worked for some time I was then able to lead a small team and I had taught them everything I knew along the way. The feeling of what it truly meant to be a leader had become apparent, and it was very true that the feeling was success.

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