“Sitting in Anne Fulenwider’s bright, mostly white office in New York’s Hearst Tower, it’s hard not to be in awe of the put-together woman next to you.
First, her resume is extremely impressive. Prior to her editor-in-chief position at Marie Claire (and an earlier executive editor position with the company), Fulenwider was editor-in-chief at Condé Nast’s Brides magazine and held senior editor positions at Vanity Fair and The Paris Review.
Second, her big secret to success is presence.
Fulenwider tells PolicyMic that presence is a huge factor when it comes to being a great boss. Presence isn’t about how often you see someone. Presence is about how much of yourself is truly there, how much genuine interest you have and how much you try to understand others when you’re with them.
The editor-in-chief points to her own former bosses as having great presence that shaped her into the person she is today.
“[A great boss] is someone who has a great vision, who is great at communicating that vision, who is comfortable delegating authority and is very present,” she says.
“I had the great honor and pleasure of working for George Plimpton when I first got to the city. He was a New York character and I helped him finish a book about Truman Capote,” she tells PolicyMic. “I was just curious and up for anything. I helped research the book. I also helped him grocery shop and prepare for his cocktail parties.”
Fulenwider also points to Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter’s unending curiosity and Cosmopolitan’s EIC (and former editor at Marie Claire) Joanna Coles’ democratic leadership style as great traits of bosses.”
READ MORE at PolicyMic, April 7, 2014