060 Development Guidance from a Development Leader with Iain Boomer

“You are not granted a position of influence. You have to earn it.” – Iain Boomer

Today my guest is Iain Boomer, Head of Learning at AbbVie Canada, a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. In 2018, I spent time on a panel with Iain during a Chief Learning Officer (CLO) event, and found his viewpoint unique and interesting. Prior to his Canadian position, Iain spent time as Sr. Global Product Training Manager with AbbVie in Heidelberg, Germany. He is also the President of PMCQ (Pharma Marketing Club of Quebec), a non-profit organization. Iain has studied at both the University of Guelph and McGill University, and currently resides in “la belle province.

In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why you’re the catalyst for discovering your own growth opportunities (hint: don’t wait for formal assessments!)
  • How international roles create opportunities to seek and embrace change
  • What Iain’s mentor taught him about the “weight of leadership”
  • Why professional coaching is a hallmark of high performance, and much more!

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How to Start a Mentor-Mentee Relationship

A mentor starts with the mentee wanting to be absolutely transparent with that individual. If we think about it, we often gear towards that family member or someone who has known us for years because we already have that existing relationship. And you can easily create it with individuals along your leadership journey as long as you have that agreement at the start.

How Coaching Helps In Your Leadership Journey

One of the things that really impacted my leadership journey was coaching. Your coach will help you along in your journey to be able to talk out your ideas, to align you and focus you on the development aspect that you need, because there’s a lot. We never stop learning in this leadership journey.

Accept That You’ll Make Mistakes As A Leader

It doesn’t always have to be negative, overarching mistakes; it could be in hiring, or perhaps in the decisions that you make.

Because sometimes, we’re put in this leadership position without having learned all the skills and capabilities of having that 20 to 30-year journey, so don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re a new leader – accept that you’ll make these mistakes.



Links and Resources

Connect with Iain: LinkedIn

Influence Redefined: Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday by Stacey Hanke (book)