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ELS Spotlight With Dale Ford

Dale Ford is a Retail Banking Officer/VP for Grand Savings Bank in Bentonville, AR.

What is the most important leadership lesson that you’ve learned?

Foster teamwork. You can accomplish much greater success when you work as a cohesive team.

What’s your biggest leadership struggle?

Trying to find different methods or approaches to motivate individuals to find their inner-leader.

What is the most effective daily habit you possess?

My current day actually starts the night before. Reviewing my calendar and prioritizing events makes the next day more effective.

What is the greatest advice you have ever been given?

Don’t take criticism from someone you wouldn’t take advice from.

What does effective leadership look like to you?

An effective leader is an individual that can inspire and motivate others to be their best.

How has leadership changed in 2021?

2020 changed the landscape of leadership. Leaders had to adapt very quickly to be able to provide guidance and mentorship in more of a remote manner. The one-on-one interactions changed to web-based meetings which entails a much different approach to leadership.

The ELS Spotlight is an ongoing series to highlight our Emerging Leaders from around Arkansas.