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Q&A Interview: Part 4

By: Joanne Harrow, RPA, Director, Property Management at Allied on Dec 9th, 2020

In part 4 of our Women in Property series, we spoke to Joanne Harrow from Allied. She shares valuable insights based on her own experiences to help other women grow and progress in the Property and Facilities industry.

Why did you chose a career in Property Management?

My path to Property Management was not a deliberate one, however when I joined the industry I immediately found my passion. I was drawn to the broad range of responsibilities, the unpredictability of the workday and working with people – no two days are ever the same. The industry is always evolving which requires problem solving, adaptability, communication and working with people. – all of which I thoroughly enjoy.

Define a great leader—what are some traits you think great leaders possess?

A great leader is someone who has the level of awareness to adapt to change. Change can take on many forms and to be a successful leader requires empathy, clear communication, listening skills, and empowerment. Great leaders know how to connect with people. They understand the importance of building trust, making others feel valued and know how to motivate to achieve desirable outcomes in changing times.

What advice would you give to other women interested in joining the Property Management industry?

Quite honestly, I have never thought of myself as a woman in Property Management, instead I have focused on achieving my goals, which has included education and self-development. My advice to other women would be to focus on areas that challenge you outside your comfort zone. Invest in yourself to improve your confidence, speak up, and further your education. Recognize your worth and opportunities will open up. When you reach your goal, remember to help and mentor other young women to become successful in their chosen career path.

What’s one leadership lesson you’ve learned in your career?

I have learned that leadership is not about a position of power; it is about serving others. It is about inspiring and motivating people to be the best versions of themselves. In order to do this effectively, I have learned to be open-minded, supportive and to create an environment where people feel heard and their contributions are recognized and valued.

Did you miss Part 3 of the series?

Check it out here

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