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Lead Your Team Leadership

Leadership Lessons: Jafer Patterson, EVP of Junk King Franchise Systems

There's no one "right" way to lead a business. Today's leaders have a lot of wisdom to impart about managing the modern workforce, because each one approaches leadership in his or her own unique way. Every week, Business News Daily will share a leadership lesson from a successful business owner or executive.

  • The leader: Jafer Patterson, executive vice president of Junk King Franchise Systems
  • Time in current position: 5 years
  • Jafer's philosophy: "Encourage employees to bring their most authentic selves to the workplace." (Click to tweet)

Patterson explains the experiences that helped form his personal leadership philosophy:

"Throughout my career, I have encouraged team members to express themselves authentically in the workplace. Whether it's through sharing personal stories or showcasing elements of their unique style or personality, I want people to bring their truest and best selves to the office. Likewise, I want my team to sense that I am being my true self in my interactions with them, which has allowed me to build more natural, trusting relationships with colleagues.

"I always say that Junk King doesn't have a 'presentation' layer. We have a relaxed, casual work environment. We operate in an open office space. We move around throughout the day to interact with one another and share ideas. I am rarely in my office. I am moving from one meeting to another, engaging with staff, franchise partners and suppliers. I have been known to keep my golf game sharp by practicing my putting in the office, especially when I need to reassess or regroup.

"By promoting authenticity, we have been able to create a world where people don't need to leave their true selves at the door five days a week. We have built a happier, more collaborative work environment where people want to stay longer, work harder and achieve success individually and as a group. It's a win-win situation."

Nicole Fallon Taylor
Nicole Fallon Taylor

Nicole received her Bachelor's degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She began freelancing for Business News Daily in 2010 and joined the team as a staff writer three years later. She currently serves as the assistant managing editor. Reach her by email, or follow her on Twitter.