Lead­er­ship Smarts in 5 Easy Steps


IN AN A'-AC CA­REER THAT HAS SPANNED 28 YEARS, JAMIE -EE HAS BENE'ITED 'ROM NU­MER­OUS MENTORS AS SHE STEADI-Y PRO­GRESSED UP THE COR­PO­RATE -ADDER. To­day, holds a as ma­jor Aflac’s role SVP in the and com­pany, chief ser­vice lead­ing of­fi­cer, a team she of 2,600 people across Aflac’s core op­er­a­tions.

“It’s such an in­cred­i­ble honor to work at Aflac be­cause of our fo­cus on women in lead­er­ship and on di­ver­sity across the board. There’s a rea­son that we show up on best places to work lists – and women in C-level po­si­tions across the or­ga­ni­za­tion are a big part of that. It’s very en­cour­ag­ing to women.” For women just start­ing out in busi­ness, she of­fers her lead­er­ship smarts in five easy steps: 1. Keep your fo­cus. The most im­por­tant job is the one you have.

2. Grow in your role. There’s value to be­ing in the slow cooker. You can’t mi­crowave your­self as a leader. Soak and mar­i­nate in the role that you’re in. 3. Earn your way. -et your per­for­mance speak for it­self. Don’t force your way up the cor­po­rate lad­der. 4. Re­la­tion­ships first, re­sults sec­ond. Re­sults come eas­ier and quicker to a per­son who val­ues re­la­tion­ships. 5. Keep per­spec­tive. You’re a hu­man, then mother, sis­ter and wife. Ca­reer may be a big part of who you are, but it shouldn’t de­fine you com­pletely.

Jamie Lee SVP & Chief Ser­vice Of­fi­cer

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