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- The leader: Scott Griffiths, CEO of 18|8 Fine Men's Salons
- Time in current position: 14 years
- Scott's philosophy: "Be an energetic, accessible and proud leader."
Over the course of my career, I've had the privilege to work for a number of companies large and small — from Fortune 500 brands to smaller entrepreneurial ventures. At every level, I've found that in order to nurture a dynamic, collaborative team, you have to manifest that yourself as a leader. How can I expect my team to be excited about my company or a project if I'm not leading the charge in wearing my passion on my sleeve as well? You have to exude the energy that you want to see reflected within the people you're leading.
As a former art student myself, I try to foster creativity in all of the teams that I lead; after all, creativity is key. There's nothing more exciting for me than when a team member comes to me with a fresh, new idea to improve the way we do things — it shows that they not only care about the company, but also that they're evolving.
The pride I have in my team is immeasurable, and I love witnessing them grow into even better professionals than they already are.
Edited for length and clarity by Nicole Taylor.