Surround yourself with the best

Jim Lenahan
President and CEO
Ludman Industries
4810 N 124th St., Milwaukee
Industry: Compaction
Employees: About 30

Jim Lenahan, president and CEO of Ludman Industries, says building a team of top talent that operates with the same vision is paramount to success.

“When you are the leader in an organization, it is always critical to have the very best talent available on your team to execute and make things happen. Once that team is in place, a clear communication and strategy going forward on how the team will meet its goals to drive the company forward is paramount.

“Having and communicating a clear executive vision and strategy is the foundation to my team. I believe this foundation and successful team leadership begins and ends with how I interact with and empower people. I try to create a work-life balance that is beneficial for the employees and the company. I complement this work-life balance by creating definitive expectations of roles, responsibilities, accountability and resourcefulness. These clear expectations lead to alignment of goals that complement our company vision and strategy. Failing to address these key ingredients can destroy a business. A lack of communication and confusion of roles or responsibility leads to wasting precious time and resources as well as hindering production. Nothing disrupts the effectiveness of business more than disconnected team members.

“This holds true in many other ways you live your life. From the corporate to nonprofit boards, these takeaways are critical to their success. Be clear, be concise and most of all, treat your team and employees with the respect and dignity that you display on a daily basis. Remember, as the leader of the team, you set the tone. It goes a long way!”

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