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Leadership Lessons: Danyel Surrency Jones, COO of POWERHANDZ

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: Danyel Surrency Jones, co-founder and COO of POWERHANDZ, Inc. and president of The Power to Give Foundation
  • Time in current position: 3 years
  • Danyel's philosophy: "Leadership is the needle that fearlessly blends talented threads together to achieve something better than ordinary." (Click to tweet)

Surrency Jones explains the experiences that helped form her personal leadership philosophy:

Learning business from an academic and corporate environment prepared me for the grind and grit you must possess as an entrepreneur. The experiences accumulated early on in my career and the people involved in those experiences, allowed me to discover my true gifts based on rebounding from mistakes, understanding the importance of listening and learning from those in cross functional areas and accepting stretch assignments that challenged my abilities. I quickly realized being complacent and attempting to master one skill was a detriment to my success. Obtaining an appetite to learn how business evolves in several areas has helped me engage with people better and has opened my eyes to envision possibilities beyond our current state.

I believe leadership is all about creating opportunities for ideas and people to be moved by your passion, accountability and drive. The personal and business mentors in my life all possessed a few common characteristics. They weren't afraid to be a cheerleader for the business mission, while showing their true strengths, limitations and emotions; unapologetically authentic. They listened, asked very intentional questions to ensure all parties were looking at the strategic goal before rushing to a tactical solution, and most important, they valued people.

Throughout my career, especially as an entrepreneur who's also embracing a socially conscious mission, I perform a self-assessment to ensure I embody these characteristics throughout my leadership journey. At the end of the day, you can't lead alone. If you have an outstanding idea but lack the ability to ignite your vision in other people's heart, you have accomplished nothing. 

Nicole Fallon

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. Nicole served as the site's managing editor until January 2018, and briefly ran Business.com's copy and production team. Follow her on Twitter.