Adam: Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts on leadership. First things first, though, I am sure readers would love to learn more about you. What is something about you that would surprise people?
Scott: I love to cook! When I am home and not traveling cooking is one of my favorite recreational activities. Oh, and I also love bubble baths and pedicures. I’m never shy about treating myself for some time to rest and relax.
Adam: How did you get here? What failures, setbacks or challenges have been most instrumental to your growth?
Scott: Some of my most significant challenges would be operating in autopilot as a workaholic. I learned that staying present in the moment made me a better leader and team player. I try to not hold any regrets of the past, or unnecessary anticipations of the future, but to stay present in the moment. I have learned that type of culture can be picked up and practiced by other team members in an organization when it is supported and practiced by the organization’s leadership.
Adam: In your experience, what are the defining qualities of an effective leader?
Scott: I believe the defining qualities of an effective leader is having the ability to be a learner and not a knower. I have found that there have been many good ideas and suggestions from team members around me and having the ability to listen to others around you, and support a corporate culture that welcomes ideas, participation and involvement from all employees from the ground up has provided me with the best resources and knowledge to navigate through challenges and opportunities and lead the business.
Adam: Who are the greatest leaders you have been around and what did you learn from them?
Scott: My senior management teams. The team is made up of individuals with a substantial amount of experiential knowledge in their segment of business, and that has been a blessing for a young CEO like me to be able to pull from and have access to that wisdom.
Adam: How can leaders and aspiring leaders take their leadership skills to the next level?
Scott: I believe leaders and aspiring leaders can always continue to take their leadership skills to the next level by maintaining true self-awareness of how they lead, how they interact and communicate with others, and what type of culture they are creating for their team, while also maintaining an awareness of the people around them and supporting their contributions to and participation with the team. I believe in life there will always be an opportunity for leaders to continue to learn from their team members and I have found those types of opportunities to be a valuable resource for growth as a leader.
Adam: What is the best advice you have on building, managing and leading teams?
Scott: To create and maintain a healthy culture with the team. With our team members there are no egos, we make sure that everyone has a voice, and that there is a fellowship amongst the men and women who are a part of it that supports the integrity of the coordination and communication to best manage and collectively work through any opportunities or challenges that come up.
Adam: What is the single best piece of advice you have ever received?
Scott: That we never become static, we either grow or we die. Whether it is through the development of our brand equity, organizational growth, or growth of myself personally and professionally I always try to improve or learn a little more.
Adam: What is one thing everyone should be doing to pay it forward?
Scott: I believe to have awareness and compassion for others around us.
Adam: What are your hobbies and how have they shaped you?
Scott: I love hot yoga. I practice it daily whenever I can. I have always had a difficult time finding mental stillness. My yoga practice helps to keep me grounded and having the practice while I travel provides me a routine that supports my ability to stay present even when in transit.
Adam: Is there anything else you would like to share?
Scott: I believe the best leaders are humble leaders. In my experience leaders are only as good as the team around them, and their ability to work with, learn from, and maintain a mutual trust with the team.