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Winner Small Business Leader - Angie Lienert, Intelligenisis (2)

company’s core values to even today where I reinforce those values by practicing what I preach. Everything, from our benefits to our corporate strategy, has to tie back to our core values. Even the people I hire are individuals who embody and complement those core values and it all starts with me.

 

How do you decide when to be hands-on and when to delegate?

 

I like to be involved and aware of everything going on, but at the same time I purposely hire smarter, independent employees who can manage tasks without my input. Initially, I like to set the vision and once the employee understands the mission, I get out of their way. After that, I give them whatever support they need and check in for updates.

 

What’s the hardest lesson about leadership you’ve learned?

 

The hardest lesson I’ve had to learn is that unfortunately, I can’t help everyone. Even with that said, I still like to provide the opportunity and leave it up to the individual to go from there.

 

What advice would you give to someone starting out in leadership?

 

Be a good listener. It’s not about you, your experience, etc., and the more you can listen, the more you can learn. Everyone brings some new perspective, insight and knowledge to the table that you won’t, so listening is crucial to leading an organization that’s much bigger than yourself.