I think women in the workforce, whether they are leaders of people, or individual contributors, help create an environment of trust and understanding.
What does leadership mean to you?
It means getting your hands dirty in the day to day issues that impact your organization. Rather than listening to the problems on a conference call, or reading about them in an email, leaders need to see the issues first hand to help diagnose, provide advice, utilize best practices/past experiences and commit to providing support to solve the problems.At the same time, you are more visible and approachable, therefore, employees will feel more dedicated and comfortable escalating issues to you.
Who has influenced your idea of leadership?
Throughout my short career thus far, I have been honored to work with individuals who exemplify the qualities of a strong leader. I think true leadership is learned through observation and crafting your technique takes patience. I credit my current company, Tenneco/DRiV in helping shape my idea of leadership. I have been able to take pieces from each manager and executive that I have supported, and together, have been able to shape my approach. My organization helps build me up and gives me a foundation to practice my skills on a daily basis.
Why do we need more women in leadership roles? What do they add to the table?
I think women in the workforce, whether they are leaders of people, or individual contributors, help create an environment of trust and understanding. Without making this a knock on men, I do think that women are able to tailor their communication styles and use that craft more often than men attempt to.Utilizing this skill helps create open dialogue and makes one able to build a foundation of partnership and innovation.
How are you leading in your career/community?
At the age of 30, I have obtained my bachelor’s degree, started a family, have worked my way into a management role where I oversee a staff of 3, and indirectly 10, manage a building of 450 people, all while maintaininghealth and wellness within my own personal life. I am proud of where I am at so far in my career and I cannot wait to see where the future takes me!
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you to the Michigan Chamber for reaching out to me for this interview.
What is the best way for someone to contact you?
Via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan ATHENA is a program dedicated to developing, supporting, and honoring women leaders throughout Michigan. This program is part of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Foundation initiatives. To find out more about this program please visit us at www.michamber.com/ATHENA
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