For the third year in a row, Zoo Advisors has moderated a session on leadership. This year we broadened the discussion beyond women’s leadership issues to address topics common to all current and aspiring leaders which drew over 250 participants. Thanks to our moderator and panelists:
Moderator - Kathy Wagner, Zoo Advisors
Ted Fox, Director, Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Laura Maloney, Chief Operating Officer, Panthera
Cynthia Vernon, Chief Operating Officer, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Highlights from the session included:
Components necessary for building a positive culture
Trust is fundamental, consistency, transparency, accountability
Leader is “weather maker” for team/organization
Leader needs to model behavior they would like – don’t email, walk across the hall and TALK TO THEM!!!
Open door policy MUST create a positive experience
Be a servant for employees in helping them meet their goals
Work Life Balance
Take one day a weekend with NO work
Get out and visit the animals/recharge
Set a time for project work and make sure staff knows it’s your quiet/concentration time.
Schedule time to reflect on work/conference, etc. after the meeting
Create a family culture at work
Where is the joy in leadership?
Success of the people you are leading
Seeing people thriving and working well as team
Taking advantage of “enrichment”
Nurturing/creating a career path for staff mobility
Accomplishing a project
Leader should/can learn from those they lead – be humble and learn!!
Be patient – listen to diverse points of view
Put together team goals – understanding each others jobs and the demands with each
Hold people accountable for their work
Get accurate feedback – 360 evaluations, “Leadership Circle”
How to supervise someone who has supervised you
Establish relationship, support them, find out what they want to accomplish and help them be successful
Listen, listen, listen
Is lack of motivation mission fatigue?
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