By Tom Davidson
Dr. Steven H. Bullard is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University. He has both a B.S. in Forestry as well as a M.S. in Forest Management-Economics from Mississippi State University. In 1983, Dr. Bullard earned his Ph.D. in Forest Management-Economics from Virginia Tech. On this week’s episode, Steve shares timeless examples of what makes up a true leader and how you can use your strengths in forestry and natural resources. In addition, Steve emphasizes, “More and more employers are looking for collaborators and team players.”
[3:30] How did Dr. Bullard get involved with forestry?
[6:05] What was Dr. Bullard’s first forestry job or task?
[11:00] The need for foresters to improve their people skills is growing.
[12:25] Industry experts have been saying the same things for decades now!
[17:10] When did Dr. Bullard get excited about leadership and developing his people’s skills?
[22:50] Employers are seeking more and more team-players in the industry.
[25:00] We have more opportunities in forestry than we did years before.
[27:15] According to the author Bruce Tulgan, people are hired by their hard skills, but they’re fired by their soft skills.
[31:20] People will follow you because they believe what you be believe.
[35:45] Dr. Bullard read the book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ three times before he fully understood, and could use, the knowledge inside it.
[37:35] How do you start a movement?
[39:25] Where does the idea of ‘learning the hard way’ fit into all of this?
[48:40] Are leaders born, or made?
[52:05] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week!
Mentioned in This Episode:
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck
The Rational Optimist, by Matt Ridley
TED Talk: The Power of Introverts, by Susan Cain
Shackleton’s Journey, by William Grill
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent, by Bruce Tulgan
Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
TED Talk: How to Start a Movement, by Derek Sivers