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Leadership Spotlight: Meet Amanda

Bonny Calfy | December 11, 2020

We interviewed one of our tax process improvement managers, Amanda, to learn more about her Paycom journey.

What made you want to be a leader?

As I continued to grow in my career, I realized how my passion for self-development evolved — I can never stop growing and improving myself. As I continued to develop myself, I grew to know my passions; identifying one’s own strengths and putting those strengths to use. I wanted to take my passion and extend this by helping others develop and grow.

 Did you have a mentor?

Absolutely! I have had multiple mentors. Mentors are a key part of professional and personal development. I believe that effective leadership is learned from multiple leaders, not one single individual.

How did they impact your career?

My mentors have impacted my career in so many ways, such as giving me advice when I encountered a challenge that I had not encountered before. They provided open and honest advice, gave me direct feedback on areas they identified could be improved, walked through situations with me that continued to challenge me to step outside of my comfort zone or just to help me get my name out there and make a difference.

What skills do you feel have made you an effective leader?

I feel that two of the skills that make an effective leader are the ability to listen and the ability to act on what is given. When you take a moment to listen to others around you, you are building trust. When you build trust, you build a strong collaborative team that is open and honest with each other. I live for feedback, and I challenge everyone to provide open and honest feedback because the only feedback that leaders can’t act on is feedback they haven’t heard. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t act on the feedback I was given.

What made you want to be a leader at Paycom?

Paycom values their employees; they are passionate about their development and they continue to provide you resources to be successful. Being a leader at Paycom has allowed me to develop personally and professionally, which allows me to help my employees improve.

What’s the hardest part of being a leader?

Learning that you can’t do everything. Delegation is a hard task but a necessary task. Asking for help is a growth opportunity, not only for yourself but others.

What’s your favorite part of being a leader?

I love everything about leadership, but mostly, I love the people. I am privileged to work with some of the hardest-working people I know. Together, we utilize our strengths and ideas of others to bring processes and innovations to life. Leadership is never about the “I”; it is always about the team.

What advice do you have for anyone who is interested in leadership?

Be open. Be open to new ideas, new processes and new challenges. If it is easy, then it isn’t challenging. Listen to the ideas given around you, but also give your ideas. Be able to identify your teammates and their strengths and utilize the multiple strengths you have within your team.

What characteristics do you look for in potential leaders?

I look for three main characteristics in a potential leader: hungry, humble and smart. These are three characteristics in the book Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni. First you have to be an effective team player to be an effective leader. Hungry; people who are looking for more responsibility and thinking about the next steps. Humble; quick to share credit, praise others and forego credit due to the interest of celebrating the team. Smart; possessing the ability of emotional intelligence and interpersonal awareness.

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About the author
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Bonny Calfy
As Paycom’s recruitment marketer team lead, Bonny Calfy writes about such topics as human capital management, company culture, talent acquisition and career advice. Her brand-awareness efforts at Paycom have included launching Paycom Careers’ blog and social media channels, and producing several recruiting videos, all to help attract top talent nationwide. Outside of work, Bonny enjoys reading, fishing and spending time with her son and husband.