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038: Leadership Attributes That Create a Followership, with Rebecca Mehrwerth

In this episode I sit with Rebecca (Becca) Mehrwerth, a biotech executive with 30 years of healthcare industry experience having held leadership positions within small and large companies. Becca brings some unique leadership experience related to being a part of three startup companies.

Becca shares her leadership journey and approach to successfully leading teams through a startup environment, including leading through times of uncertainty, and how her leadership style has inspired people to continuously work for her. 

Key Takeaways:  

  • Alignment to a Vision: articulate a vision that is incredibly important. This starts with senior leadership 
  • Transparency: be upfront with your team in the good times, as well the not-so-great times. Share as much information as you can (and as appropriate) 
  • Feedback: be open to giving and receiving feedback 
  • Purpose: resources can be scarce in a startup, but don’t forget the purpose for being part of one 
  • Voice: be a voice for your team and allow them to be heard individually 
  • Get in the trenches: Leadership is very much about removing roadblocks for your team, but don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and get to work alongside your team  

About the author, Rob

Rob Fonte is the founder and President of Sarto Leadership Group, whose reputation has been built on being a transformational leader and inspirational coach with a passion for developing others. His twenty-year career spans across multiple disciplines including leading award-winning sales teams. Rob is an academically trained Executive Coach certified by The University of Texas and the International Coach Federation.