Dan Flowers, CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank joins us on episode three of The Nova Communities Podcast and I’m thrilled for you to hear his insights on leadership and team culture. After reflecting on his leadership style and how it impacts his team, Dan and I dive into the importance of building a strong, collaborative environment to successfully empower employees and help organizations reach their goals.
This conversation with Dan has me fired up. As someone who has had the opportunity to lead a variety of teams – and sometimes have my own cringe-worthy leadership moments, I appreciate Dan’s willingness to be real and share his lessons learned. He breaks down his leadership philosophy into two parts – part science and part art. Science focuses on the practical side using the skills you’ve developed over time. But, as he notes, the technical skills aren’t enough, that’s where the art part comes in as people and building relationships are what matter most.
Dan and his team recently received their third consecutive NorthCoast99 award, being recognized as one of Northeast Ohio’s best places to work. The speech I reference in this episode can be watched here. It’s a powerful three minutes you won’t want to miss.