True leadership is about accepting the challenge of connecting your head with your heart. A lifetime of learning and a lifetime of caring. We often hear that in order to be really successful, youve got to throw yourself into your work, Ann Stallard told chamber of commerce members today..
Ms. Stallard is the first businesswoman elected national president of the YWCA and serves as chairwoman of the U.S. National Board of Trustees for the United Way of America.
She delivered the keynote address at the 2009 Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerces Women in Business Signature Event. The annual event is designed to celebrate the contributions of professional women. This years theme was advice for leaders in the making.
Id like to suggest that you throw your work into your heart to be a leader. The crisis that we have in our boardrooms, schools, religious institutions and public leadership is the lack of that connection the head and the heart, Ms. Stallard said.
Ms. Stallard is the executive vice president Graphic Communication Corp., a marketing and commercial printing company in Lawrenceville, Ga. The company has grown to be one of metro Atlantas top 25 printing companies.
Ms. Stallard said that many leaders lack ethical and moral compass. They are surrounded by people who lack courage to actually call out that bad behavior.
As a leader, you are mandated to do the right thing, even when no ones looking. When you do the right thing all the time ... this is called having a soul, Ms. Stallard said.
Businesses must pursue profits for investors and have the courage to be more socially conscious than ever before, she said.