Impact Leadership: Where Do I Start?
My love and passion for leadership came from a lot of trial and error from my own path and journey as a leader. As we often learn more from our mistakes and our failures than we do from our successes, this is how I came to this work. I struggled as a young leader. Tried to mimic the leaders I respected, which failed me. Then I tried reading books, which also failed me. It wasn’t until I started leaning into my own values and my own intuition that I realized I had what it takes inside of me. I’ve learned a lot over the last decade, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to share what I’ve learned with other leaders at this point in my career. It’s extremely fulfilling work.
Need Help? What to Ask a Leadership Consultant
How do you lead with integrity and vulnerability, staying true to yourself?
For me, this is all about knowing your personal values, being self-aware, and spending time understanding who you are and how you are perceived by others so that you can effectively manage how you show up in the workplace and how you influence others. Trying to be what you think a leader should be is a recipe for failure. You have to be yourself. And figure out how to lead while being true to yourself and your values.
Why won’t people listen or do what they are supposed to do?
Often if this is occurring, we aren’t doing a good job as leaders in listening and showing empathy and compassion. There is often something underlying going on for the team or the individual that is getting in the way. And as the leader, it is your job to build enough trust that they will share with you what is going on and getting in the way.
Everyone is stressed and on the verge of burnout, is this even my problem to fix?
This is the next epidemic for us to solve, and as leaders, we have to take this on. Because if we don’t, it will cause many issues that we won’t be able to avoid in the workplace. There is really only one fix for this, and that is practicing organizational mindfulness. We have to help our teams find ways to refocus and retool their minds to heal and support their nervous systems. Just like professional athletes train their bodies, we have to help our professional workers train their minds.
2021 - Present
Public Knowledge®: President
2020 - 2021
Public Knowledge®: Chief Executive Officer
2013 - 2019
Public Knowledge®: Management Consultant, Marketing Director, Professional Practice Officer
2008 - 2013
Wyoming Office of the Public Defender, Guardians Ad Litem Program: Deputy Director, Director, and Chief Financial Officer
2007 - 2008
Wyoming Attorney General's Office: Assistant Attorney General to the Departments of Family Services, Transportation, and Health
2006 - 2007
Corthell and King, P.C.: Associate Attorney focused primarily on family law and child welfare law
2005 - 2006
Wyoming Domestic Violence Legal Clinic at the University of Wyoming College of Law: Student Director