‘Leadership Starts With Self’

By Howard Greninger
The Tribune-Star, Terre Haute, Ind.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Julia Winston, who has conducted leadership development and coaching workshops for organizations such as GE and Chick-fil-A, shares her thoughts on the importance of cultivating leaders.

The Tribune-Star, Terre Haute, Ind.

In 2011, Julia Winston and her family moved to Terre Haute.

Her husband’s job with GE Aviation would keep the family in the Wabash Valley for two years. And it was in Terre Haute where she started her own business, Brave Communication LLC, a leadership development executive coaching firm.

On Wednesday, Winston, now a resident of Huntsville, Alabama was keynote speaker for the inaugural Terre Haute Leadership Conference, hosted and sponsored by Terre Haute Young Leaders and Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce.

“Leadership starts with self,” she told about 130 people attending the conference at Ivy Tech Community College’s Terre Haute campus. “This community gave me the bravery to go out and start” her own company.

Winston said the world is in a leadership crisis, with 84 percent of organizations expect to experience a leadership shortfall within the next five years, as baby boomers continue to retire.

Forty-eight percent of the workforce will be millennials by 2020 and just 10 percent of companies say they have people ready and willing to lead.

Leaders need a mindset to “focus on your unique abilities, focus on solving the problem rather than worry about the size of it, and focus on reasons larger than self,” Winston said.

She asked conference participants if they are “READY” — with “R” to reexamine their beliefs, “E” to embrace yourself as a leader, “A” to assemble your team and tools, “D” to determine your next [goal]and “Y” for You Go! and lead.

Winston has conducted leadership development and coaching to organizations such as GE, Chick-fil-A, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Association of University Women, the city of Oxford, Mississippi, and Fisk University.

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