Words of Women

Part 2: Effective Leadership // Inspiration

September 22nd marked the 37th American Women’s Business Day, a celebration to honor, support and generally admire the women driving and thriving in business. The OSG family of companies is no stranger to amazing women making key strategic and tactical decisions that push an organization forward. In this blog series, we tap into those powerful minds, gaining insight on everything from the inspirational to the creative to the career advancing – and you can quote us on that!

What quality have you discovered makes an effective leader?

Throughout my career at OSG, I have discovered that an effective leader is one who is compassionate, respectful and open to new ideas. Creating a welcoming environment where new ideas are shared and appreciated is key. I believe it is important to capture the diverse strengths of each team member to create an innovative and productive workplace. The diverse strengths of the Accounting Group and our overlapping skillsets allow us to keep up with the growth of our company. At the end of the day we laugh, but we work hard and enjoy the challenges that each day brings! 

Danielle McCain
Accounting Manager, OSG

I’ve always been an optimist. Early in my career, I was sidelined after a management consultant deemed me an ineffective leader because I “saw the world through rose-colored glasses.” It was not only a hit to my ego, but also to my career and earnings trajectory. It was a major setback, but I persisted, and, in the end, embraced my innate optimism.

As a leader, the inclination to look on the sunny side of life gives me a hopeful outlook. As an optimist, I am confident we can achieve a positive outcome and that is what I consistently strive towards. I don’t see problems as insurmountable, but rather focus on the opportunities they offer us to solve and resolve them—often in creative ways. I have a mindset of success.

Optimists are open to sharing information and knowledge with others, creating an environment where teams are engaged and actively involved in the decision-making process. It’s not about being in control, but about empowering others to work together towards a shared vision.

Shannon Seastead
Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications, OSG

Throughout my career, I have been lucky enough to work for managers who have had an interest in my thoughts and goals, while motivating me to always be the best I can be. As a manager, this has taught me to take an open and inclusive approach to management. It’s important to me to manage up, down and laterally in a similar manner. Recognizing strengths and weaknesses, and addressing them in a supportive and challenging way, has been very effective in mentoring employees and raising their professionalism. This requires open communication and sometimes simply listening. I’ve tried to foster an environment where employees are comfortable sharing both successes and failures, while freely seeking my input. I’ve found this approach works in various corporate cultures and helps the employees stay focused on the corporate goals.

Carolyn Kraft
Senior Vice President, Partner Development, WhatCounts

Name a song, movie, quote, person, place or idea that inspires you, and tell us why.

The first film that came to me was Remember the Titans. This is one of my favorite movies. I can watch it alone, with my family or my friends. It has inspirational value that I try to use in all areas of my life. It is also based on my favorite sport, FOOTBALL! This movie is powerful and motivating for any age, ethnicity or gender. Some of the values one can learn in watching this movie are strength, accountability, courage, pride, trust, change, leadership and overcoming adversity. I believe these are key traits to being the best version of you.

I recommend this film as a must-see.

Amanda Stedman
Busines Manager, TeleReach

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it is not okay…then it is not the end.” It is very simple, and it is full of power. No matter what I am worried about, these worries are temporary. They will pass because they are nothing more than a brief moment in my life’s journey. Having faith and knowing that everything will be okay in the end makes me grow as a person. My struggles are my lessons, and it makes me not give up. I will continue to know that everything is going to be okay at the end.

Deidre Davis
Executive Administrative Assistant, NCP

One of my favorite quotes has always been, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” once said by Mahatma Ghandi, because by reading, hearing or seeing it, one is empowered to make a change or difference in their life, no matter how big or small. If you know anything about Ghandi, you know he was never afraid of standing up for his beliefs. When I think of this quote, I remind myself never to be afraid. Never be afraid of new opportunities, of new experiences, of new adventures or of change. It is a reminder to immerse yourself in all you can and all you believe in, and never be afraid of being that change you want to make in this world.

While this can be interpreted differently for many, in relation to my professional career, it represents the confidence behind myself, and women, to ‘be something’ in the business world—using our presence, ideas and leadership abilities to make an impactful change in some way which continually fuels the desire to work, embrace and excel in new opportunities and reach new achievements.

Kelsey Voelker
Marketing Specialist and Business Partner, Miria

My mother has always been my true inspiration. She instilled her strong work ethic, motivation and determination into me. She has shown me that hard work will open endless possibilities for you, and has also taught me that dreams can become a reality. I am forever blessed to say that I wouldn’t be where I am today without my mother.

Sue DeMaria
Team Lead, Bulk Mailing and Shipping, OSG

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