Name: Jamie Schramm
Business Title: CEO Sheboygan & Manitowoc Campuses
Company: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Favorite Musician: The Eagles
Favorite Vacation: Washington DC
Favorite Restaurant: Il Ritrovo, Sheboygan WI
EMPLOY HUMANITY: What is in the DNA of a servant leader?
Jamie Schramm: Humility. Servant leaders view the influence they have with others as an opportunity to contribute to the results of others, to serve as opposed to being served. Servant leaders do not look for or accept the perks of their position, but rather they have a relentless passion to find opportunities to do more, reach higher and add value to the lives of others. A servant leader does not start each day thinking, “Look at what I’ve done”, but rather asks, “What more will I do?”
EMPLOY HUMANITY: What has been the most important factor(s) in your leadership development journey?
Jamie Schramm: Other people. At key points of my personal and professional growth there was a co-worker, friend, family member, mentor or boss that shared a piece of advice – whether it was wanted or not. The honesty they demonstrated and confidence that it would make a difference cannot be overstated. When I was at HUI, we had a phrase, “Things in life do not happen to you, they happen because of you.” It simultaneously is a mindset that is empowering while demanding
we take ownership for the circumstances of our lives. Simon Sinek’s, “Leaders Eat Last” also
reaffirmed for me that as leaders, when we move to the front of the line, we let everyone know
we are in it for ourselves and our position. When we move to the back of the line, our vision
becomes much clearer.
EMPLOY HUMANITY: How does Emotional Intelligence, the awareness and management of your own emotions and the emotions of others, play a role in your leadership?
Jamie Schramm: Much like leadership, the practice of Emotional Intelligence is a daily choice we make. In many respects, it separates those who eventually lead others effectively and those who simply manage. If I can’t get my own attitude, emotions and behaviors in line, how can I expect to be a positive influence upon others and why would they want to follow my lead? I have to lead
myself before trying to lead others. Understanding my own emotions and the experiences which create them is just one perspective among many – appreciating that everyone else has their own set of experiences that drive their own emotions has enabled me to be more empathetic. The analogy of an iceberg – that so much of the lives of others lurks under the surface unbeknownst and invisible to us – is something I find myself coming back to again and again.
EMPLOY HUMANITY: Who has made the most positive impact on your life and what is this individual’s attributes?
Jamie Schramm: For me, this comes back to the second question and one of the more important
aspects I’ve learned about leadership, self-worth and self-respect. It would be impossible to list just one because I’ve been extremely blessed with so many talented and amazing people who’ve been a part of my life. My parents. My wife. My son. Mentors throughout my academic journey and during my career. Young people and students who I’ve mentored and ended up learning from them so much more than I could share. Teachers, professors, coaches.
There are two important aspects that each of these people possessed. The first is they each saw in me something greater than I currently was and at the right time, shared their vision with me. The second is each one of these people was in my life for one reason – I chose to put them there. For me, this is fundamental to fulfilling the potential of our lives and to becoming the best version of ourselves possible. Each one of us has people in our lives who we seek out their opinions, their affirmation matters to us and through their words and actions can change the dynamic of our day. We give them that power because we choose to allow them in our lives. This choice – of who we allow into our inner circle – sends a powerful message to the rest of the world about what we value in others, but most importantly, what we value in ourselves. We are the authors of our greatest successes. We are also the authors of our greatest regrets. In those moments of our greatest success and greatest regret - all the people in our inner circle whose voices matter to us were there – cheering us on. We need to choose our own personal cheering section of people who are willing us across the finish line with their claps and affirmations, not those at the start line who are blocking us from even getting started.
More on Leadership: Leadership is a choice. It is a daily choice to embrace a set of behaviors which serve others, remain infinitely curious and are action-oriented towards achieving results. In our times of greatest uncertainty, when the outcome is on the line, those who are willing to marshal the talents of others and forge a path forward are referred to as, “leaders”. Because we have no absolute certainty in our lives, it is imperative each of us develop within ourselves the behaviors and capacity to positively influence others In our families, in our workplaces and in our communities.