Leader’s Center

Handling the extra responsibilities that come with a leadership position requires vision and know-how. This webpage is designed to help you realize your full potential as an AAMA volunteer leader, beginning with inspirational messages from other leaders like you.

Leader Spotlight


Amber Greer, BS, CMA (AAMA)

2018–2019 North Carolina Society of Medical Assistants (NCSMA) President

How did someone, such as a mentor, influence you to take a leadership role?

Two of my biggest mentors are a source of teaching, support, and wisdom. They have both shared with me information on their journey through the NCSMA and AAMA and have provided guidance when I was not sure of the path that I wanted to take and motivation when I wanted to step away. They have helped guide and direct me without criticizing every step. Above all, I know that they’ll listen and give support when I need it. These mentors encouraged me to step up and told me that I could make a difference in the NCSMA and that my voice mattered.

Is there anything unique or different that you do when mentoring a new member or leader in your state society?

In our society, we implemented the use of co-chairs for all our committees. We will have a member who has notable experience paired with a member who may be newer to that specific committee. In doing this, the newer member has an opportunity to work and learn from the member with more experience. The following year, we rotate off the original member with more experience and add a newer member to the committee to be mentored.

 


Samantha Steipp, CMA (AAMA), AAS

2018–2019 Alabama Society of Medical Assistants (ASMA) President

What have you done to make yourself approachable to new members of your state society?

As president of the ASMA [Alabama Society of Medical Assistants], I make sure to socialize with everyone at our state conference. I encourage them to come to our state board meetings and to attend their local chapter meetings. I also traveled with our vice president to some colleges during Medical Assistants Recognition Week [MARWeek] to meet students.

How have the people in your life helped you become the leader you are today?

I never knew that I wanted to be a leader until I began the medical assisting program at Wallace State Community College. I discovered who I am, and my instructors were so encouraging to me. They made me believe I can do anything I set my mind to by working hard.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your AAMA volunteer leadership experience?

Helping others find their own path as a CMA (AAMA). I do this by informing them of job openings or answering any questions I can. Another rewarding aspect is networking with other members at the state and national conferences.


Linda Prince, CMA (AAMA), COA, OCT-C

2018–2019 New Hampshire State Society of Medical Assistants (NHSMA) President

What is one characteristic you believe all leaders should possess?

I believe all leaders should cultivate the ability to find what people do best and find a way to use that within the confines of the group. Everyone has something they enjoy and excel at. Finding out how to use and encourage that talent is one of the most useful traits for a leader.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your AAMA volunteer leadership experience?

I have learned that I can be a leader even though I am more of a quiet, lead-by-example [sort of leader]. I take pride in the growth and achievements of people that work with and for me both with the NHSMA and in my work environment. It is startling to realize I helped in the amazing growth of many of those around me.

What advice would you give to a new leader?

Try to remember that not everyone works the same way you do. That does not negate their talents or the contributions they can provide. Leadership and mentoring are helping others to grow outside their comfort zone but respecting the limits they want to live by.



Archives

View previously published interviews with many other state leaders: 2019 State Leader Spotlights Archive.