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Insights & Intuition

Four of the region's business leaders respond to a question from Prairie Business for October 2022.

Insights & Intuition
Insights & Intuition
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Every month Prairie Business asks a question and invites several regional business leaders to respond. The question we asked for October is, "What keeps you motivated in your role as a leader?" Below is how four exceptional business leaders responded:

Reed Montgomery, vice president, Adams Inc., Fargo, N.D.

Reed Montgomery
Reed Montgomery
Image: Courtesy of Adams Inc.

Success of the company as a whole.

In a leadership role many times your success is correlated to the company’s success. If the company is having success, the driving force behind that success is the employees.

I like to lead by example. Doing whatever job is needed to help get our projects completed. Whether that be in the designing and planning stages or out in our warehouse loading and unloading trucks, packaging material, or cutting material to fit a custom project.

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It also helps having a great team who works well together and helps motivate each other, especially when things get busy or if one of us is stuck in the designing process, being able to talk and work things out as a team helps us all work more cohesively.

Motivation is easy to come by, it’s the discipline and hard work that brings our team success.

Carol Enderle, president, CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson, Dickinson, N.D. 

Carol Enderle
Carol Enderle
Image: Courtesy of CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson

As a leader, what keeps me motivated is understanding my purpose and the ability to serve and make a difference in the lives of others. I am passionate about making an impact and developing and empowering others. I am excited to come to work every day to be inspired by a team that I have the opportunity to be a part of and lead.

By building positive and trusting relationships, I am motivated by the ability to inspire, guide, and influence the right actions for the right reason and to be a leader of the people.

So what keeps me motivated in my role as a leader is simply being an influential, relational, and authentic leader and having the understanding that my purpose as a leader is to make a positive difference in the lives of those that I serve.

Dr. Daniel R. Kittle, president, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, S.D.

Daniel R. Kittle
Daniel R. Kittle
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I am motivated when I see how people are positively transformed by the supportive educational community at Dakota Wesleyan University. First and foremost, it is motivating to see students explore and find meaning and purpose in their lives.

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I am also motivated by helping my colleagues find and sustain purpose in their own professional lives. I am energized by the DWU culture because it values everyone. I am motivated to meet the leadership challenge of constantly pursuing ways to sustain and grow that kind of environment.

I think it’s also important to note that I’m able to stay motivated because of healthy habits I always try to maintain. I enjoy being outside with family, playing basketball, and reading to my son each evening.

As we know, we all need to find ways to refill our tank!

Blain Johnson, owner and president, Paramount Planning, Grand Rapids, Minn. 

Blain Johnson
Blain Johnson
Image: Courtesy of Paramount Planning

Having a passion for the work we are doing is one of the key elements in keeping myself motivated in the projects and clients my company is working with and in my visions as a leader.

I believe that individuals are naturally motivated to do certain types of work and a strong desire to complete certain tasks that they truly believe in. Passion goes beyond financial compensation or materialistic rewards and fills one with a feeling of doing something that will benefit the greater good. If I do not believe in what I am doing, I cannot imagine having the enthusiasm to lead my company and employees in the work they are doing.

It sounds cliché, but passion for the work you do will lead you through the natural highs and lows of your business and career as a leader; keeping you focused on creating the best products for those you serve and leading to a more rewarding career. It then becomes extremely easy to stay motivated to do your best work on a daily basis.

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