Tips From The Top: One On One With Rhonda Vetere

I spoke to Rhonda Vetere, former CTO of Esteé Lauder and current President of nThrive, about her best advice

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Adam: Thanks again for taking the time to share your advice. First things first, though, I am sure readers would love to learn more about you. What is something about you that would surprise people?
Rhonda: I think people would be surprised that I am really in to Iron Man competitions. I just completed for back to back Iron Mans St George on 5/5 and on 6/10 Eagle Man in Maryland. I actually challenged a handful of folks on my team to join me in the St George Iron Man. This was the USA Pro Championship race. My next Iron Man is in Lake Placid, NY and then Atlantic City.
Adam: How did you get here? What failures, setbacks or challenges have been most instrumental to your growth?
Rhonda: I have had many set backs throughout my career. I think any executive has and as long as you are able to show resiliency and move forward, that is what allows you to grow and be successful. I would encourage folks to remember that during times of struggle is where you grow the most.
Adam: In your experience, what are the defining qualities of an effective leader? How can leaders and aspiring leaders take their leadership skills to the next level?
Rhonda: Some defining attributes for a leader include resiliency, work ethic, the ability to prioritize and say no. Aspiring leaders and leaders can take their skills to the next level by finding a mentor they trust and working with them to improve different skills. They can also be sure to lead by example. That is something that I feel so strongly about.
Adam: What are your three best tips applicable to entrepreneurs, executives and civic leaders?
Rhonda: I would say be passionate about what you do, be sure to find balance in life, and be the kind of leader you want to follow.
Adam: What is the single best piece of advice you have ever received?
Rhonda: The best piece of advice I ever received was to learn to play golf. It has been an absolute game changer for me because there is so much business that happens out on the golf course.
Adam: What is one thing everyone should be doing to pay it forward?
Rhonda: Treat others how you want to be treated. It is so key and something that I live by.
Adam: What are your hobbies and how have they shaped you?
Rhonda: Fitness and overall wellness is a major hobby of mine. I find that my rigid triathlon and Iron Man training schedules allow me to clear my head and also find balance in my life. My theory is that an individual’s personal wellness must be a top priority in order to achieve one’s major corporate goals. As a competitive athlete and avid runner dedicated to a strict fitness and nutrition regime, I participate in ongoing marathons and iron man competitions across the globe as a way to balance work and overall wellness. If I can’t take care of myself I cant lead a team.
Adam: Is there anything else you would like to share?
Rhonda: I am very passionate about giving back in the community and very focused on helping others. I have spent time in India and now Africa giving back by showing technology, learning more about the cultures, and helping others. I have been spreading my heart across continents.
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