This week we met with Daniela Picariello, Peer Leader Programme Community Engagement Manager working in the Career Centre, to ask about her experience of working at LBS, leadership and life!
- Can you tell me a little bit more about your role?
I manage the Peer Leader Programme (PLP) and the voice behind Career Centre’s Twitter and social media feeds @LBS_Careers. I have the pleasure of working with some of the most inspiring students from across all programmes, each of whom have a desire to develop their skills in developing others. The Peer Leader Programme gives them a safe place to practice coaching, listening and feedback skills learnt during professional development activities at LBS.
Our social media tools connect us with companies, recruiters and students to shout about the incredible work of LBS students, faculty and alumni.
- As the Peer Leader Programme Manager, in your experience what qualities do you think you need to be a good leader?
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last.
I think we can all think of many good leaders, but it gets a bit more difficult to think of great leaders. I think Simon sums it up with this phrase. A great leader’s actions hold gravitas that others feel empowered just by being near them. They do not force their way on others, but show the way by doing it themselves. For the programme, but also in general, I look for those individuals that inspire others. If you want to see their impact, just look at those around them. This question is deep, and thankfully LBS has some exceptional faculty and staff members that create an amazing foundation for all of us to learn more.
As for the peer leaders, without a doubt they are and will be great leaders as they have embraced the responsibility and insight to develop others and grow themselves. I know I have told them, but I cannot say it enough about what an honour it is to work with them.
- What does your typical day at LBS look like?
It usually begins in the gym with some colleagues and I attempting different workout routines we find on Instagram. After that, each day can be so different. Right now it’s very exciting, as we are recruiting our next cohort of Peer Leaders, so I can mostly be found organising the hiring process. Last year we initiated video interviews, so I also work on reviewing a lot of interviews from incredible candidates. In addition I stay involved with recruitment events, student conferences and treks which keeps me busy as I post/tweet away.
- What is your best LBS moment so far?
This is an impossible question. There are way too many. While at LBS we have been able to talk to an astronaut on the International Space Station(!), meet the Chilean Minister of Energy who led the way to find the 33 missing miners (at LatAm Conference) and hear the stories from our Incubator’s entrepreneurs. Oh… I have to add, while standing with Katarina Burnham-Nenov (yes an amazing Peer Leader) in front of Plowden, Queen Elizabeth and the duke of Edinburgh drove by and waved at us! And yes we both squealed.
- What keeps you motivated?
I want to experience life’s breadth, length, height and depth. I am copying this from Alex Edman’s talk to students. If you haven’t heard this talk, it’s inspiring and worth a watch on YouTube: “Fulfilling Careers and Full Lives”.
- What is the top of your bucket list?
To go on an archaeology dig and learn to code.
- Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Marcus Wareing to cook, my parents to bring their homemade wine, Antoni Gaudi to be inspired by his architectural exploits, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to channel her bravery, and Stephan Curry to talk basketball with my hubby (those conversations are lost on me). Then I would fill the room with children from the future, so we can learn from them how we can make this world better today for their tomorrow.
- What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
A smile will get you a lot further than a frown. It may be small, but it’s mighty.
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise man grows it under his feet.” James Oppenheim
- Tell us something surprising about you
Up until university, I was shy and introverted. Not sure what happened but I started to chat with one person, which led to another, and now I love chatting with anyone and everyone.