Sharon Allen « Back Next »

First Woman Chairman of the Board
Deloitte, LLP

“The leadership style that has worked for me, because it’s natural for me, is a very direct, very inclusive and welcoming style. I like to look someone in the eye, be very present, and have a direct conversation. In today’s world, not being in the moment really gets in the way. I see far too many leaders who are worried more about the next meeting than the one they’re in. They’re worried about the next interaction more than the one that they are currently having. Some leaders have their Blackberry sitting next to them and are constantly checking it while they are talking to you. That isn’t my style. If you look at the leaders you admire most, I think you’ll see that they are very present with people.”

(page 54)