Ashleigh Walters is the President of Onex and author of the book Leading with Grit and Grace. Onex is a more than half-century-old industrial furnace manufacturing and service company based in Pennsylvania.
When Ashleigh became the leader of the company, she truly changed the company's culture for the better. Hence the title of her book and the main theme for this episode.
In this episode, Ashleigh discusses the many perils of a command-and-control leadership style as well as how she aided Onex’s steady transition to a more flexible work environment. She also shares a few handy pointers on how to build trust in the workplace and help employees with problem-solving.
Ashleigh also shares the inspiration behind her book and some important lessons she learned during the publishing process.
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In this episode, find out:
What it means to lead with both grit and grace
Ashleigh shares a little insight into what her company does
How Ashleigh created a more inclusive work environment
How to make change more fun
Ashleigh explains what freedom to fail is
Ashleigh talks about Onex’s Employee Stock Option Program (ESOP)
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