WashingtonExec reached out to area executives to gain insight and share local “secrets to success” stories. Today’s advice comes from Paul Leslie, CEO of Dovel Technologies.
I believe that success comes from perseverance, passion and compassion, being supportive, having impeccable integrity, great two-way communication, and a little bit of luck! Success is not something that you just find – It is a journey, the by-product of doing something very well and really enjoying it. Here is my critical “must do” list for success.Define a clear Vision, Mission, and set of Core Values Set the bar high to stretch the team and remember to constantly remind everyone to walk the talk on core values Educate people about how the business works Knowledge will set the stage for business process consistency and decision efficiency Focus on leadership development Develop our industry’s future leaders and business owners – they will appreciate it (I do) Build a culture of learning and innovation This is about building a supportive culture for your team Help people to adapt to continuous change If you are not doing this – you are not moving fast enough. Increase the clock speed! Possess self-esteem without feeling self-important You can be very successful by being yourself Lead by example Roll up your sleeves – it is hard work. There is a reason I do not wear a watch Face change and uncertainty with confidence We live in an age of anxiety and uncertainty – embrace it. There will be opportunities because of it Listen and communicate effectively Communicate often, listen all the time – executives don’t want surprises and neither do your employees Transform conflict into creative action Careful listening, respect, confidence, and collaboration will resolve conflict. Care about the small things and act on them quickly Be a civic leader in the community Get involved in the community and be willing to give something back – it’s the right thing to do!