LEADER2LEADER: Steve Hessen and Caitlin Carey

WHAT DOES GOOD LEADERSHIP LOOK LIKE ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS?

Steve Hessen: Leaders must be willing to say and see what makes others uncomfortable. Without this, a leader is simply preserving the status quo. It is also important that the team knows our goal is to get better every day.

Caitlyn Carey: A leader is someone who’s actively engaged, takes pride in their work, and goes out of their way to set goals and be involved. Anyone can be a leader. Your actions throughout the day are what make you a good leader.

LEADER2LEADER: Dannie Alexander and Nicole Marques

HOW CAN YOU IDENTIFY A GREAT LEADER?

Dannie Alexander: I identify a great leader as someone who treats everyone the same as the next person. They don’t cater to folks they feel will be more influential or more powerful.
A leader is someone who can connect with all people.

Nicole Marques: A lot of people are leaders, but when I think of a great leader, it’s someone who looks at every person to figure out their strengths and weaknesses and leads accordingly. Outstanding leadership is not one size fits all.

LEADER2LEADER: Jon Rumohr and Jim Ritsema

WHAT IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ROLE AS A LEADER?

JIM RITSEMA: A leader needs to establish a vision for the organization and then get out of the way to let others do their job to achieve that vision. Along the way, they have to stay available for coaching and mentoring.

JON RUMOHR: The most important role I have as a leader is to be a facilitator for my team, making sure that they have the resources necessary to be successful. Those resources might be physical or mental—a leader has to provide both.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE THAT YOU SEE FACING LEADERS TODAY?

JIM: Managing expectations. We live in a time where everyone gets everything they want right away from the internet. Some of the things we do in leadership don’t happen right away.
If you’re changing the culture or even a vision, it’s not going
to happen overnight.

JON: The biggest challenge today is time. Everyone has some form of technology on them wherever they go. Whether it’s from your iPhone or iWatch, you’re always getting a media blast. It makes it a constant challenge to manage time efficiently and put people first.

LEADER2LEADER: Kay Clark

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A GOOD LEADER?

A good leader is somebody who not only has a vision but can also paint that vision for others. How do you get everybody involved on your team in making that vision come to reality and how will you keep them motivated? How do you continue to inspire and motivate? Great leaders have the ability to do all of those things.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE?

I was an athlete my whole life, so I’m a huge believer in teams. I surround myself with talent, and I’m very purposeful in hiring different skills. I work hard to construct a group of diverse talents because I believe that the whole is bigger than the sum of the parts. When everybody brings something valuable to the table, we can accomplish great things.

LEADER2LEADER: Tom Ward

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A GOOD LEADER?

A good leader is a person who people look up to and want to follow. They’re someone who is willing to sacrifice for their team, to set an example, and to set their people up for success. 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE?

My leadership style is built on support and trust. I trust my team to be able to get the job done without me having to micromanage. I also focus on aligning their strengths and their passions with projects to get the best results. I work on building a connection with each one of my team members to understand what goals they have set forth, so I can align them with projects that peek their interest.

LEADER2LEADER: Kevin McLeod

WHAT IS YOUR LEADERSHIP PHILOSOPHY?

Don’t stand still. I think leaders should do something, even if it’s wrong. My leadership style has always been a lot of doing and not a lot of talking. I have absolutely no problem with failure. I just want people to move forward.

WHAT IS ONE CHARACTERISTIC THAT YOU BELIEVE EVERY LEADER SHOULD POSSESS?

Vision—far and away. And the ability to communicate it. That way you can have a clear view of where you’re going. The first ships sailing from Europe to the U.S. knew which direction they were going. A lot happened along the way, but they stayed the course, and that’s what matters.

 

LEADER2LEADER: Kate Tillotson

WHAT IS YOUR LEADERSHIP PHILOSOPHY?

The three P’s: passion, purpose, and people. You don’t inspire people with what you do, but why you do it. My role is to be the pacesetter. I lead by example and try to exemplify the work ethic that I expect in others.

WHAT IS ONE CHARACTERISTIC THAT YOU BELIEVE EVERY LEADER SHOULD POSSESS?

Humor. Many things can go wrong in life, and in the newsroom, you never know what’s going to happen. An effective leader should have a good sense of humor and the ability to laugh at themselves.

LEADER2LEADER: Danielle Anderson

HOW DO YOU DEFINE LEADERSHIP?

Danielle Anderson: Leadership is the ability to instill confidence and inspire others to be the best version of themselves.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION THAT YOU CAN MAKE AS A LEADER IN YOUR ORGANIZATION?

Danielle: As a leader, I strive to make roles more than “just a job” for my coworkers. We spend more time together than we spend with our families. I make sure I “show up” in so many ways, set an example, build trust, show compassion, and reward hard work.

LEADER2LEADER: Patrick Sheffers

HOW DO YOU DEFINE LEADERSHIP?

Patrick Sheffers: Leadership is the act of driving a committed mission, and continuously delivering positively to better a group or organization.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION THAT YOU CAN MAKE AS A LEADER IN YOUR ORGANIZATION?

Patrick: The biggest and most important decision I make every day is to remain positive. You can’t always control what comes at you, but you can control how you react. Staying positive helps me focus and be efficient. It also affects the people around you and allows you to lead through example.

WHAT IS ONE MISTAKE YOU OFTEN SEE OTHER LEADERS MAKING?

Patrick: I have seen leaders who do not pay particular attention to emotional intelligence really damage the trust that people have in them. One of the most harmful things you can do as a leader is to lose control of yourself.

LEADER2LEADER: Lori Green

Define leadership.
If you don’t have self-awareness, you can’t lead other people.

Who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader?
I’ve learned great things from the many leaders who I’ve encountered. I’ve worked for Kraft and Newell Brands, and I had a short stint at the Kellogg Company. While I was able to take things from great leaders at each of those places, I’ve learned that I want to manage in my own way which may be different.

What are the most important decisions you make as a leader of your organization?
One of the things that I do for business development marketing is to help teams and other executives craft how we’re going to market back to somebody whether it’s a proposal, qualification packet, or whatever. I decide where my team is going to spend their time and that dictates where the whole group is going to be directing their energies.