Season 1 | People You Should Know in Forestry and Natural Resources | Episode 8

#8 | New forestry leaders need to be fearless public speakers

October 12, 2016 | Dave Lewis

Dave Lewis is Vice President of Southern Forestry Consultants, Inc., and a long-time member and leader of the Society of American Foresters. In this episode, Dave comments on the nature of foresters as introverts, tending to prefer surrounding themselves with trees more than people. Nevertheless, Dave points out that future forestry leaders will we need to have loud voices, unafraid to speak to the public about difficult environment issues and the importance of forestry and foresters in the solutions.

Key Takeaways:

[2:40] How did Dave get started in forestry?

[6:50] What was the transition like from employee to leader?

[8:55] Dave talks about the mentors that have made the biggest impact on him.

[11:25] What did Dave’s mentors see in Dave?

[12:40] How does Dave define leadership?

[14:25] How can someone learn leadership skills?

[15:10] To be a good leader, you have to get your hands dirty. You can’t learn everything from a book.

[16:35] What skills does Dave wish he learned sooner in his career?

[19:15] Remember, not everybody is going to be like you. People skills are highly important in this career.

[19:55] What’s some of the best advice Dave has received on leadership?

[21:00] Dave talks about the future of forestry.

[27:00] What piece of advice does Dave have for young leaders?

[28:35] What do we have to do differently to educate the public?

[32:00] What is Dave’s favorite book or movie on leadership?

[34:10] Are leaders born or made?

[36:25] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week!

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