The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce holds its “C-Suite Perspectives” breakfast meeting several times per year and features area senior level executives sharing their leadership stories and insights. The November session with IBM Vice President, Chief Data Officer and NC Senior State Executive Timothy Humphrey provided another excellent session with several important leadership lessons.
After sharing his own unique career journey from NC State University to IBM to Lenovo and then back to IBM (sprinkled with a sense of humor – Tim labeled himself “a goofy engineer who cares about people”), Tim shared 10 main points organized within 4 topics. Here they are.
Topic A – The Foundation
1) Be Authentic. That is the foundation for all leadership, and Tim found that trying to be someone he wasn’t simply does not work.
Topic B – Personal Leadership
2) Build Diverse Teams. Diversity does drive innovation.
3) Engage Employees. It is important for leaders to set an example and create a culture that engages employees which drives positive business results. And build a culture where employees feel free to ask questions, get coaching and take chances.
4) Give Back. It is important for leaders to give back to the community. For example, Tim serves on the Wake County Boys & Girls Clubs Board of Directors and on the University of North Carolina’s World View Advisory Board.
Topic C – Personal Growth
5) Have a high performance mindset …. Even when no one is watching.
6) Have a vision and a long-term perspective.
7) Go beyond just networking and build relationships. Great leaders have a ton of strong relationships.
Topic D – Business Leadership
8) Focus on measurement and outcomes.
9) Visualize success and adjust your plan along the path as you need to.
10) Make data-driven decisions. It is important to remove bias, including seeking others’ opinions to assist with this.
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My earlier C-Suite Perspectives Leadership Blogs:
September 2017: Six Leadership Insights from a local “Fortune 1000” CEO – with Martin Marietta CEO C. Howard Nye.
March 2014: Leadership Advice from a Senior Lenovo Executive