Nellie Jacob is a certified Strengthsfinder coach and longtime executive assistant in Toronto, Canada.
In this episode, Nellie talks about the evolution of the role, how to take the pulse of your executive, organization and team, leading with empathy, and becoming aware of your strengths. Enjoy the conversation and don’t forget to checkout the Assistants LEAD animation video here.
Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.
– Oprah Winfrey
CONNECT WITH NELLIE
As a first generation Canadian, and the oldest of 3 children. Nellie was raised by a highly organized mother, and hardworking father. She was the second mom to her siblings, the nurturer, mentor, the planner and the go to for her parents when it came to translating at appointments and dealing with things that arrived in the mail. She loved reading, collected National Geographic magazines, and absorbed information about everything at a rate that made it difficult to keep up with if you didn’t like learning.
Her childhood was the practice ground for what would shape her professional career.
Whether at school, at home, with friends, she was the organizer, the nurturer, the relationship builder, the negotiator, the one looking ahead, while high functioning in the here in now. The one inspiring and encouraging, the one helping make connections to thoughts, actions, plans, people, with purpose and intention. The empathic, motivating, goal setting, we can do it together while making a difference, leader. Her first job as a receptionist became the stepping stone to becoming an Admin Assistant, a Program Manager, an Event Manager, and over a decade as an Executive Assistant to C-Suite leaders.
She became a certified GALLUP Strengthsfinder coach in 2016, and that is when everything changed. Becoming aware and directing her talents and strengths with purpose enabled her to live from a place of clarity. Living from a place of recognizing and embracing strengths empowered her to separate unconscious bias from truth. Her own and those belonging to others.
This empowered her to leave a role where leadership opportunities were not available, today she is the Executive Assistant and President’s Office Manager, where she uses her relationship building, strategic, influencer and execution talents to equip others for success. She also coaches woman and individuals struggling to make progress in their personal life or in roles where their talents and strengths are not seen or being utilized.
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