When you look at the images of you from the August/September 2013
issue of Shaker Life, what strikes you? Obviously, you’re five years older,
but you’ve changed. How?
I’m a lot more refined and comfortable in my own skin than I was then. And I know
that who I am now is who I’m going to be for the rest of my life. I’m also the leader I
want to be. Mahatma Ghandi said, “A sign of a good leader is not how many followers
you have, but how many leaders you create.” I’ve taken that to heart and let it inspire
me. I spent so much time in the early part of my career trying to understand my own
leadership skills, but for the past five years, I’ve spent a lot of time building other
people up to be good leaders. So that whole process changed the person I am, too.
I’ve always been confident, but here, I’ve learned to demonstrate humility. I’ve been
fortunate to make mistakes with a team that’s nurturing, loyal, and committed. I like
to think that I serve as a model to them to be courageous and innovative.
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Photograph by Kevin G. Reeves