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
023: Gotta Have Thick Skin in This Industry
7 days ago
Valerie Johnson is a Forestry Wildlife Specialist at Ruffed Grouse Society. As a young female professional, Valerie has not seen a lot of discrimination from her co-workers, because many women before her have paved the way. However, she has received remarks from landowners, but she argues, you gotta have thick skin in this industry. Don’t let your ego get in your way toward learning fantastic and new things! Key Takeaways: [3:00] How did Valerie get started in forestry? [4:35] Valerie didn't know you could have a career in forestry at all! [7:30] What is a Forestry Wildlife Specialist in charge of doing? [11:00] Valerie describes what some of her leadership positions have been like. [12:30] How did Valerie get involved in rugby during college? [13:20] Valerie’s mother has been her biggest mentor. [16:00] What is Valerie the most proud of in her career? That’s a hard one! [20:00] As a woman, has Valerie experienced any challenges? [22:55] Having thick skin is a wonderful plus in this industry. [23:05] Valerie has learned not to take anything personally. Sometimes it’s better to take the higher ground. [24:00] Don’t let your ego get in your way! [26:35] What advice does Valerie have for women interested in this profession? [29:30] People often do not associate forestry professionals within the science or STEM profession, but that’s what they are! [30:15] What makes a good leader? [33:05] Are leaders born or made? [35:00] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week! Mentioned in This Episode: Ruffedgrousesociety.org Valerie on LinkedIn