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Leading with Purpose: Empowering Growth and Development

Leading with Purpose: Empowering Growth and Development

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In the dynamic landscape of professional development, leadership not only propels individuals toward their full potential but also shapes the culture of the workplace. It serves as a beacon, illuminating the path toward success, fostering mentorship, and cultivating a culture that resonates with positivity and achievement. As a leader at VGM, I place a strong emphasis on nurturing the growth of our employee owners. This commitment is rooted in my hopes of leaving the business better than I found it for employee owners, our customers, and beyond.

Investing in Development

In my view, a leader’s primary responsibility is to cultivate more leaders. This, I believe, ensures the sustained success of any company long after a leader’s departure. Setting aside time to have these meaningful check-ins with team members leads to a valuable exchange of knowledge and connection, but it also allows me to keep a pulse on the overall morale of the team.

Message of Improvement

I am always thinking about our customers and our teams at VGM that are serving them. When I read a book, watch a TV show, or read an article, I can almost always apply part of it to what we are trying to do at work. During our regular staff meetings, I try to bring these messages that I find to share with the team and see how we can apply it to our every day, whether it’s enhancing day-to-day operations, elevating the customer experience, or advancing personal development.

Empowering Through Mentorship

I emphasize the importance of mentorship in my own career. I regularly engage with a diverse group of mentors, both within and outside VGM and the industry. These mentors serve as a source of guidance, helping me navigate complexities and providing a sounding board for my ideas.

While you can seek people who are in similar roles to yours, it’s also important to seek out people with completely different roles and skills than you. I always strive to learn from individuals who have achieved success, as they bring invaluable insights born from both triumphs and failures.

Embracing Organizational Culture

To fellow leaders, I offer a simple, yet powerful piece of advice: Focus on the positives within your organization. Every business has challenges—but it’s immeasurably more powerful to latch on to the smallest optimistic fragment in the business than it is to allow a negative thought to permeate, which can quickly drag you or the culture down. By acknowledging and celebrating even the smallest victories, leaders can create a culture of resilience and optimism.

VGM Power of One Principles

There’s also tremendous energy in finding the good work being done by people on your team and calling it out. VGM has a set of principles we call “The Power of One,” which are at the heart of our culture. One of those principles is “Cheer each other on,” and it reflects the impact of employee recognition for a job well done, which is a hard feeling to match.

As business leaders, we have a vital role to lead with a purpose, and that can come in many forms. Investing time in professional development, mentorship, and the cultivation of a positive work culture can serve as a guiding light for leaders seeking to empower their teams and foster an environment of continuous growth and achievement. Through my approach, I hope to exemplify the transformative potential of investing in those who drive our organization’s success.

View the full article in "VGM Playbook: Elevating Performance: Harnessing Human Capital."


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