Name: Amy Jones
Business Title: Leader of Human Development
Company: Didion Milling and Ethanol
Favorite Musician: Vivaldi
Favorite Vacation: I love a good road trip and stopping at the small towns on the way to our destination to experience local food, shops and people.
Favorite Restaurant: Dhaba Indian Bistro, Middleton, WI
BILL MARKLEIN: What is in the DNA of a servant leader?
AMY JONES: They are hard wired to lead with their heart and do the right thing, even though that may not be the popular or consistent thing to do. Their context is the Golden Rule and they practice the art of forgiveness and giving grace when needed.
BILL MARKLEIN: What has been the most important factor(s) in your leadership development journey?
AMY JONES: I was leading the HR discipline during a terrible tragedy our company experienced that resulted in loss of life and loss of our primary revenue stream for 18 months. During this time, our team provided leadership that impacted our employees and community in ways that were life changing. We led with our hearts and did what was best for our team, while our company rebuilt a facility that will change our industry forever. This experience re-confirmed my purpose in life was to be a leader and I learned the profound and life changing impact that servant leadership can have.
"I model Emotional Intelligence and coach others in their journey to get better."
BILL MARKLEIN: How does Emotional Intelligence, the awareness and management of your own emotions and the emotions of others, play a role in your leadership?
AMY JONES: It is paramount in my role. My job is to help others navigate business issues and situations and influence a positive culture. I believe that HR/HD professionals should be a calming force in the organization and should not be adding to the chaos that business issues sometimes create, so I model Emotional Intelligence and coach others in their journey to get better. I also need to be an encourager within our culture so that we keep doing things that are going well. I believe there is a lot of power in telling someone you believe in them, thanking them for their work and for being a part of the team. I do that as often as I can throughout my day.
BILL MARKLEIN: Who has made the most positive impact on your life and what is this individual’s attributes?
AMY JONES: My parents. They are humble people who modeled servant leadership and created an environment in our home where all people were accepted. When you are surrounded by these things as a young child I believe it is what you become.