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What is your leadership philosophy? Webster defines leadership as “the capacity to lead” or “an act or an instance of leading”. I define leadership as the ability to motivate and empower people to achieve personal and organizational goals. Leaders understand that knowledge has the potential for power, but only through action can that power be realized. Leaders know they must delegate responsibilities to the people they lead in order to increase their own personal effectiveness and develop the necessary traits to build a strong organization to achieves its goals. Although different types of leadership may be necessary in different situations, such as a more authoritative leader in a turnaround scenario, being a true leader also necessitates being an integral part of a team and knowing how and when to follow. Only when a leader respects his or her people and they, in turn, respect him or her, can a leader truly harness the power of the collective and achieve really great things.
What is your leadership style? I solicit input and involve people at all levels in order to gain a more comprehensive view of and strengthen everyone’s commitment to the organization. When you involve people, you get deeper and quicker buy-in. I also believe in translating strategic objectives into group deliverables to ensure everyone is working toward a common goal. I also believe strongly in empowering employees - mentoring and developing people not just to achieve company goals but to achieve personal goals. Satisfied employees who feel their work is valued and that they are truly making a difference create highly synergistic work environments in which employees perform at optimum. When the people excel, so does the organization.
What I learned in a recent position: I now have a deeper appreciation for the perspective of stakeholders in the community - as opposed to only investors, bankers, employees, customers and vendors - and will bring this into all my future roles. In addition, interacting with a wholly volunteer but highly involved Board of Directors and external committees has definitely enhanced my Board communication skills!
Here are a few philosophies I really believe in:
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." – Sun Tzu
"A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts." – Richard Branson
"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!" – Henry Ford
"Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business." – Zig Ziglar
What do you do for fun? I consider myself an athlete so I work out regularly and often head out to the track for a sprint workout, to the mountains for a hike or to a well-paved trail for a rollerblading jaunt. I am addicted to the endorphins a good workout provides! I love to travel (but no more than 50% of the time!) and I also read a great deal - fiction, non-fiction, business, history, culture.