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.

LEADER2LEADER: Josh Iocca

Define leadership.
Leading multiple people to a desired vision.

Who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader?
I pull from anybody that I come in contact with, even my kids on the baseball field. I watch how kids interact, and usually there’s a leader that steps out of the crowd. It’s always interesting to see what causes that. And, I do that in working life. Everyone I come in contact with, I learn something from. If I had to give you two people, the ones that stick out the most (are) definitely my wife, a remarkable person (who) gives me honest feedback, (and) professionally, Mark Welch, director of global systems at Flowserve, (who) is pushing me to look past my limiting beliefs that I’ve placed on myself and is causing me to think beyond myself.

What are the most important decisions you make as a leader of your organization?
Every decision I make is important, and (each one is) the most important at the time.

LEADER2LEADER: Deborah Jackson

Define leadership.
Teachers, individually or collectively, influencing others to improve teaching and learning for students.

Who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader?
Linda Comer, my child’s elementary principal. Her focus was on building relationships with all the students.

What are the most important decisions you make as a leader of your organization?
Being a teacher-leader, you have to first facilitate the increase of student learning and achievement. As an individual teacher, you have to be willing to take some risks.

LEADER2LEADER: Rick Searing

Define leadership.
The ability to get a group to come together around a goal.

Who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader?
My wife has always had the ability to keep me focused and to be able to separate the things that are really important and non-negotiable from the things that might seem like an attractive option in the spur of the moment—an option that maybe in the short term looked great, but in the long term might not be where you really want to end up. One example I can think of is when we first moved to Michigan. We relocated from Arizona in 2002 to Kalamazoo. As I was looking for different positions, there were a few that seemed like in the short run they would be good positions to have, but in the long term it wouldn’t have led to the kind of success that I think we’ve had since we moved here. (She) pointed those kinds of things out to me.