Fernando Signorini is the Vice President of Operations US Gulf Coast and Site Director of Texas Operations at Dow, a chemical manufacturing company that’s been around for over 125 years. They’re currently spearheading programs for a more sustainable future. Fernando has been with Dow for almost 28 years, and his vast experience made him an expert in business processes, planning, plant operations, and strategic sourcing.
Fernando joins me to discuss what it means to be more than a leader to your team and explains why leaders often find themselves brooding over criticism. He shares the traits all leaders must have and how to apply them to their team members. Fernando also describes why having a balanced mind is essential in decision-making and discusses the best way to find higher-level insight into your chosen industry.
“The role doesn’t matter. It’s all about connecting with the people.” – Fernando Signorini
This week on Executive Decisions:
- Where Fernando’s passion for leadership stemmed from
- The leaders who influenced Fernando’s career
- Keeping in touch with your team despite being an in-demand persona
- The one mistake leaders frequently make
- How to find high-level insight as a leader
- The responsibility of a leader to their team and the traits leaders need to have
- Why having a balanced mind is the key to making critical decisions
- Why strategy is good, but you shouldn’t spend too much time on it
- Having your team retain your self-awareness
- Fernando’s expertise outside of his industry
Our Favorite Quotes:
- “You’re not going to have insight if your mind is not balanced.” – Fernando Signorini
- “Building that self-awareness for leaders can be a big blindspot.” – Sarah Delahanty
- “Being present is a skill.” – Sarah Delahanty
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