The Leadership Nature Podcast
About This Show
The Leadership Nature Podcast features one-on-one interviews with diverse leaders from across the forestry and natural resources nation, and it is intended to spread the seeds of leadership insights, lessons learned and personal advice from experienced leaders to current and future generations of natural resource leaders. Each episode also includes a leadership tip of the week from the interviewer.
Most Recent Episode
006: Attacking People's Character Will Get Leaders Nowhere
3 days ago
Carlton Owen is the President & CEO of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry since its inception in 2006. However, Carlton has been involved with conservation innovation for over 40 years and is a trained forester and wildlife biologist. Carlton discusses important lessons in leadership and uses the current Presidential election as an example of what not to do when faced with people who have differing opinions than you. A great leader is compassionate and understanding of the people they serve. Key Takeaways: [2:55] How did Carlton get interested in forestry? [4:55] Don't forget to appreciate your mentors. [7:00] Don't be afraid to ask for a mentor. People are almost always willing to help. [7:20] Be proactive in your own career development. [7:35] Carlton shares his leadership journey and how he got into policy. [11:10] You won't get anywhere by attacking people's character. [12:00] How do people get comfortable with the unknown? [13:35] Some of the greatest leaders are introverted. [13:55] Carlton believes getting out of your comfort zone is where you will learn the most. [14:00] We're not learning new things by listening to the same news that just re-confirms our biases. [16:00] It seems like it's harder and harder to have a healthy conversation over social media. [16:35] The only way to learn is to do! [16:55] So, what does this new world mean to leaders today? [19:40] What do new leaders and students need to learn? [20:05] An individual is not going to be able to solve complex problems alone. It takes a team of talent. [22:15] If Carlton were to write a book about leadership, what would the first chapter be about? [24:10] Base your decisions off of your own moral value system. [24:30] It's difficult to be a leader and you will have to face some tough decisions. [26:30] You can't grow if you're in denial about what you need to improve on. [27:40] Keep in mind, our weaknesses are often our strengths as well. It's sometimes a hard thing to balance. [28:00] Why does Carlton have frequent feedback conversations with his