This month we caught up with Meisha Quinn, Manager Corporate Services at District Council of Cleve about her role, stepping out of your comfort zone and her professional development.
What is your role and what does it involve?
My role as Manager Corporate Services provides management, leadership and strategic advice to ensure the District Council of Cleve meets its financial, accounting and reporting requirements. I am also responsible for the management and supervision of the administration team that consists of 6 staff who are responsible for various roles and responsibilities.
What was the attraction to local government?
I had been working for Bank SA for 8 years in Cleve when the position on Council as an Administration Officer presented itself. I was ready for a change and felt attracted to working for local government so I could contribute to our local community. Not long after joining Council, our local Bank SA branched closed, so it was good timing in the end.
You're currently completing the Emerging Leaders Program and are already thinking about which leadership program you should undertake next - why do you feel it's important to invest in your own professional development?
Investing and making time for your own professional development is important to continue to grow and adapt in the work place. By undertaking these programs, you can identify your strengths and weaknesses and learn the necessary skills, tools and knowledge to be able to grow into an effective leader and role model for your peers.
How has the Emerging Leaders Program made you step outside of your comfort zone?
Being the only rural participant from a small council in our group for 2020, I felt a little intimated at the beginning. However, I quickly started to get to know everyone and have enjoyed the chance to network and make connections with fellow participants.
What advice would you give to someone just starting on their leadership journey?
You will have times where you may doubt yourself or your abilities as a leader. When this happens, take a deep breath, remember that you were given this opportunity because of what others see in you and believe in yourself.
Have a solid support network around you including at work and at home. If you do not have a supportive Manager, seek out someone you admire and ask them to be your Mentor.
Leadership has its ups and downs. It can be difficult and frustrating at times but also very rewarding when you and your team achieve success.
What do you enjoy doing in your leisure time?
I enjoy keeping fit, spending time with my family and friends and watching a good girl flick.