Tom De Weerdt, EVP and CFO of Mauser Packaging Solutions, blends a bit of right and left brain into his leadership style. Using a philosophical and growth mindset along with plenty of spreadsheets, Tom has led several global teams at a variety of large corporations. It’s integral for leaders to keep an open mind for as long as they can, says Tom, and seek out a variety of trusted perspectives from a diversity of people before making key decisions; otherwise you just end up confirming your own hypotheses and biases.
Here are my three big takeaways from the conversation:
Being open, curious, and logical helped Tom take on role after role, even roles where he didn’t feel qualified.
It’s important to ask for feedback and to truly be open to hearing it - even feedback you may not like. It’s better to know and learn from it than to not know at all.
Tom has a mechanism that he has used successfully to prepare for each of his roles, building a framework that gave him the confidence to approach new roles and hit the ground running.
It was a fascinating and informative conversation learning about his leadership journey! What was your biggest takeaway from this episode?
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