Off the Deeb End: Are You a Leader or a Follower?

Edward DeebIn this issue we feature some Michigan women who are leaders in our state and nation, and those who hold top positions in the workplace and business.

Some thoughts on leadership. One of my favorite adages: “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” Another is, “A real leader faces the music even when he or she dislikes the tune.” Still another: “The trouble with being a leader is that you can’t be sure if people are following or chasing you.”

Colin Powell, former Army general and U.S. Secretary of State, once said: “There are no secrets to success. Don’t waste time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence.” Good advice.

Women today have made considerable progress as leaders in all fields.

At its 12th annual “Women and Leadership in the Workplace” conference, the Michigan Business and Professional Association is honoring several women leaders once again. Their names, category and organizations are as follows:

Business: Francine Parker, Health Alliance Plan; Human Services: Dottie Deremo, Hospice of Michigan; Education: Barbara Mieras, Davenport University; Media: Mary Kramer, Crain’s Detroit Business; Philanthropic: Danialle Karmanos, Work It Out; Professional: Juliette Okotie-Eboh, MGM Grand Detroit Casino; Govern-ment: Lisa Webb Sharpe, Michigan Department of Management and Budget; and Small Business: Lydia Gutiérrez, Hacienda Mexican Foods.

Also in this issue are other women’s organizations that are honoring their leaders. They are the National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Detroit Chapter and The Inner Circle, a program of Inforum.

Congratulations to them and all women leaders. Today, there is more than just a “crack” in the glass ceiling.

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Richard Blanchard
Rick is the Managing Editor of Corp! magazine. He has worked in reporting and editing roles at the Port Huron Times Herald, Lansing State Journal and The Detroit News, where he was most recently assistant business editor. A native of Michigan, Richard also worked in Washington state as a reporter, photographer and editor at the Anacortes American. He received a bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan and a master’s in accountancy from the University of Phoenix.