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Principles of Effective Leadership 


Trudy and I authored an essay in our edited book Leadership in Career Services: Voices From the Field (available at that outlined 10 principles we considered essential to the highly effective leadership of career services organizations.

We share these principles with you in this blog post in the hope that they spur your thinking about your own leadership experiences…

1.    1. Understand the difference between leadership and management.  You lead people and you manage things. People wanted to be lead – no one wants to be managed.

2.     2. Know where you want to go and make sure everyone else knows as well.  Setting the vision and direction of the office is critical.  Make sure it aligns with your institution’s academic mission and is both broadly disseminated and understood.

3.   3. Know the field but reflect the institution. There are many diverse and effective career services delivery models.  The “best” one is the one that fits your institution – its mission, values, and culture.

4.    4. Know yourself and what you need to be successful. Being truly self-aware of your strengths and interests allows you to craft your leadership role and work with your team in ways that contribute best to office success.

5.    5. Think twice and hire once.  Making the right hiring decision is crucial – be clear in what you’re looking for; value candidate skills and interests over experience; and remember even if you delegate the final choice of candidate to others, the accountability is always yours.

6.    6. Invest in people. As a leader your office team is your greatest asset and greatest responsibility. Leverage your team’s strengths and abilities and support their interest and goals by investing in their professional development and coaching them for success.

7.   7. Value collaboration over confrontation.  Effective career services work relies on partnerships and collaboration.  The key to this is building positive working relationships with others by understanding needs and interests and finding common ground that puts your clients and stakeholders first.

8.    8. Be cautious of the “comfort zone”. It’s always tempting to coast a bit and savor your successes when things are going well.  This “comfort zone” can be misleading because an organization is only ever moving forward or slipping back – it never “stays in place”. Too much time in the comfort zone often means missed opportunities or being forced to react to challenging circumstances and priorities rather than strategically driving them.

9.   9. Lead up.  You supervisor is essential to your success. To “lead up” effectively you need to understand what matters to your supervisor. Try to fill in the “gaps” your supervisor may have; always do more than what is necessary; commit to solving problems not creating them; and accept that you will not always get your way.

 10. Accept the loneliness of leadership. Leaders must often make hard decisions and the “distance” that by necessity exists at times between leaders and the rest of the office team can make the challenges of leadership even more daunting. Seek information and solicit diverse opinions and perspectives but have the courage of your convictions and belief in your decisions.



Getting from College to Career

Check out Lindsey Pollak's revised edition of "Getting from College to Career".  It's a must read for students and the professionals who help guide Gen Y's career decisions and ultimately their job search.  Trudy has several pieces of advice that are quoted in the book, but even if she wasn't included, it's seriously a great resource. 

Getting from College to Career

Getting from College to Career, REVISED EDITION:
Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World

By Lindsey Pollak (HarperCollins, Revised Edition 2012)

How do you get a job without experience and get experience without a job? It’s the question virtually every college student or recent graduate faces. In Getting from College to Career, Lindsey Pollak offers the first definitive guide to building the experience, skills, and confidence you need before starting your first major job search. This book is packed with career advice for students and focuses on how to get a job after college. Her 90 action-oriented tips include strategies ranging from the simple to the expert, including:

  • Avoid the biggest mistake in career prep and job hunting
  • Subscribe to a daily newspaper
  • E-mail like a professional
  • Make every event a networking success
  • Practice the eight essentials of internship achievement
  • Perform five minutes of stand-up
  • Over prepare for interviews
  • Persist (politely)

Welcome to the TruMann Consulting Career Services Blog

Welcome to the TruMann Consulting Blog! We are very excited to launch our new web site describing our consulting practice and the opportunities to leverage our combined years experience in highly effective career services strategy generation.

Through this blog, we plan to share insights and tips on a variety of topics that are relevant to career development and recruiting work. Periodically, we will weigh in with our opinions on trends, issues, and economic developments that impact job creation, hiring trends and job search stategies. 

We’re interested in hearing from you as well.  Please feel free to comment on our posts and let us know what career related topics you are most interested in hearing about.