Grant Thornton CEO Brad Preber finds purpose in service
#LeadingWithPurpose conversation highlights how to lead today
The speed and severity of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the recent civil unrest, have shaken the world and caused all of us to reevaluate our roles. For Grant Thornton’s CEO, Brad Preber, it’s meant focusing on three key challenges: taking care of the firm’s people, being there for its clients, and keeping Grant Thornton healthy. It’s also meant reflecting on what servant leadership means.
“In times of immense challenge, leaders need to fully embrace the concept of service,” says Preber. “Service to their people, to their organizations, to their communities. That’s the purpose of leadership. I wanted to start that conversation to see what we all could learn from other leaders confronting challenging times.” To prompt that conversation, Preber invited connections to share personal stories, lessons or mottos about servant leadership and purpose directly or on LinkedIn using #LeadingWithPurpose to serve as a source of inspiration for all who are leading in uncertain times.
The responses have been varied and enlightening. Here is what we learned:
1. Act on your values
The COVID-19 crisis reminded Greg Pryor, Senior Vice President, Workday People & Purpose of lessons he learned from Johnson & Johnson during the Tylenol tampering crisis in 1982. “During an unprecedented crisis where there were no policies or processes to follow, they applied their values, the company’s principles, to guide decisions that would build brand goodwill for decades,” said Pryor.