Successful leaders use inﬂuence to help others reach their highest potential. The capacity to inﬂuence others comes from a place of passion and authenticity that can lead to the greatest impact on work cultures and our greater communities. We hear from two women doing just that in the spheres of manufacturing, construction and technologies, using their inﬂuence as leaders beyond these realms to make a powerful impact on society.
Anne Behrendt, CEO of Doran Construction leads the fourth-largest woman-owned business in Minnesota and took an unlikely path to CEO last year, beginning her tenure in uncertainty. Her philosophy of saying ‘yes’ to opportunity positions her uniquely to see the silver linings in this pandemic as she works to create safe worksites and healthy employees.
Kay Phillips, part-owner of ATEK companies, has been moved to become more active in racial justice after the killing of George Floyd. She has been deeply steeped in charitable causes, and speaks about how passion and empathy are essential to inﬂuence and leadership.