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Passionate leadership resonates with employees, core values

Leanne Hoagland-Smith. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

Leanne Hoagland-Smith. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

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What better way to conclude the February theme of leadership than by having the founder of Inspiration Fitness, Angela Ramos, share her insights on leadership?

Ramos is a hands-on leader from being a certified international fitness trainer/coach, author of “3 Steps to Your Best Body in Record Time” and to homeschooling her children. Her business, Inspiration Fitness, is located in Crown Point.

Q: What five words or phrases would you use to describe a leader?

A: ● Fearless

● Passionate

● Servant

● Focused

● Dedicated

Q: How much do positive core values play in the role of being a leader?

A: Core values are created to support a business’ mission statement. We use our core values as a way to make sure the programs, activities and events, even the charities we support throughout the year are in line with our mission as a business. It’s easy to become sidetracked and core values keep us focused.

Q: What has been the one most consistent challenge you have faced in any of your leadership roles?

A: Employee management has been the most consistent challenge in being a leader. I understand the importance of having a great team in place and I strive to keep my team educated and part of the decision process. I encourage them to step beyond their comfort zone to become leaders themselves. A great leader builds up leaders around her or him.

Q: For Northwest Indiana to be a viable business community, is there one action that could be taken to jump-start the economy?

A: I believe small businesses are the drivers of our economy. We are also the first to receive the brunt of new taxes and legislature that aid large, corporate business, but suppress small businesses from growing and hiring.

Q: Any additional thoughts or words of wisdom you can to share?

I believe leadership begins with passion. If you are passionate about your business and your team members, you will have employees who care deeply about your organization and your customers. Leadership is more about serving the members of your team and helping them become the best they can be in their field than serving your customers or profit. Wonderful things can begin to happen when you know, embrace and infuse your passion in your business and life.

My thanks to Ramos for sharing her thoughts and reaffirming the thoughts of other leaders who have been interviewed these past several years. Her comments about passion respective to leadership underscore the importance of passion for small business success.

Next month’s theme is looking at the results of leadership through business metrics.

P.S. Shout Out: Almira’s Bakery in Hammond and Wildflour Bakery in Valparaiso. Both create delicious and delectable bakery goods.



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