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
014: Make Decisions, Own It, and Live With It
2 days ago
You don’t become a leader overnight, and this is exactly why Denise Coleman is the perfect guest for today’s show. Denise is a State Conservationist at the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Pennsylvania. Denise has been involved in this fantastic industry since 1992, and has overseen how the industry has changed over the years — especially for women. Find out more on this week’s episode! Key Takeaways: [3:45] How did Denise get started? [6:15] When Denise took her first leadership position, what was it like? [10:15] Were there many women in the natural resources field when Denise got started? [11:50] Over the years, more women have entered into this industry; what has changed? [13:50] Denise discusses how she found good mentors throughout her career. [16:50] What’s it like being a mentor? [19:05] What does Denise look for in a natural resource professional? [21:50] What was the transition like for Denise, to go from a contributor to a leader? [24:35] What lessons has Denise learned as a leader? [25:15] At the end of the day, people will question your decisions, and you should always have strong reasons why you did what you did. [27:55] What types of trends should young foresters be aware of? [31:05] Denise discusses the types of skills people in this field will need, when it comes to leadership. [34:15] You have to be flexible and be open to change. [35:00] What’s different about leading on an executive level? [38:05] What’s one piece of advice Denise would give to up-and-coming leaders? [40:05] Denise recommends reading John Wooden’s books. [41:25] Are leaders born or made? [42:50] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week! Mentioned in This Episode: www.davidsonleadership.com John Wooden