Authentic Leaders

Authentic leaders are rare, but when you spot one they are impossible to miss!  

How do I know?  Because I have been very fortunate to work with and learn from several leaders who fit this description.  Just to name two:

  • Don McLaughlin
  • Bruce Patterson

Having the opportunity to work directly with these authentic leaders have literally changed my life.  Because of them, I am a better leader.  I am a better person!

Authentic Leaders

Don McLaughlin was my first boss out of college.  With my Accounting Degree in head and hand, he taught me the practical side of Cost Accounting in a paper manufacturing environment.  He also showed me what servant leadership looks like.   

Although that was a l-o-n-g time ago, Don has managed to stay connected (during my career and after my departure from the company).

Don even came to support our family when my Dad passed away. 

I am thankful I get to know Don McLaughlin!

Bruce Patterson is my honorary boss for life.  Under his leadership I learned how to apply my accounting knowledge in the world of Internal Audit.  I had the opportunity to travel the world and get to interacted with a variety of people from many cultures. 

Because Bruce showed me what participative leadership looks and feels like. I learned how to be a better leader.

Authentic Leadership In Action

I spotted another authentic leader recently.  Here's the back story:

While delivering training for University Clinical Health (UCH), Timothy Florence and his team were responsible for handling IT Support.  Over and over again he and his team exceeded my expectations.

One day I had the opportunity to extend my gratitude and compliments to the Timothy, and he gave all the credit to his team.

It was then that I knew I had to sit down with Timothy to get insights on how he and his team deliver over and over again. 

For more, please read Timothy Florence On Leadership.

What About You?

Among other authentic leaders who impacted my life, Paul Records also stands out from the crowd.

What about you?  Have you spotted any authentic leaders lately?  They are definitely hard to miss.

Are you on a quest to become an authentic leader?  If that is true for you, you landed at the right place.

Leader Who Leads was created for those who have been called to lead and are committed to answering the call.  And to lead in such a way that they are changed as they change their world.

Thank you for allowing me to share in a small part of your journey!

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