April 7, 2017
By Tom Davidson
Lisa Allen is the State Forester of Missouri. As the top forestry executive in the state, Lisa provides statewide leadership for all current and future forestry issues, and she oversees the activities of the Forestry Division’s 222 employees. Lisa has been a forester since 1984, and has received several prestigious awards for her work, one you’ll need to hear about to fully appreciate, and she says firmly in this episode that female foresters are moving in the right direction!
[3:10] How did Lisa get started in forestry?
[7:25] What is the forest landscape like in Missouri?
[8:45] What was Lisa’s transition into a leadership position like?
[14:00] Lisa is passionate about the work she does, and, in turn, that makes her a good leader.
[16:00] Don’t let the ego get in the way!
[18:30] Why are so many foresters afraid of being passionate?
[20:55] What kind of challenges has Lisa faced?
[27:30] Lisa is fortunate enough to say that she has never been treated unfairly in her career.
[29:55] What advice does Lisa have for both the men and women on how they can treat people in their profession equally?
[34:35] Don’t be afraid of developing strong relationships with your co-workers.
[39:50] Leadership happens at all levels, it does not just happen from the top.
[44:40] What is Lisa the most proud of in her career?
[50:25] Are leaders born or made? They’re created!
[52:50] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week!
Mentioned in This Episode:
The Missouri Karkhagne Award: www.mosaf.net/awards
The movie, Invictus (2009)