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ELS Spotlight With Ian Bryan

Ian Bryan is a Community Banker/Commercial Lender at Simmons Bank in Russellville, AR.

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

The commitment to collaborative success has been a valuable trait I hope to routinely demonstrate in my personal goals, as well as in my corporate objectives. Seeking and assisting others in business endeavors repeatedly produces optimal solutions. Participating in partnership efforts enhances the opportunity for success and helps to solidify the foundation for strong business relationships. In addition, it also supports and grows the community of businesses with which I regularly interface. Most importantly, it is not about the personal win but the ultimate outcome, and I have grown through both.

What does effective leadership look like to you?

While the basic principles of leadership have not shown significant changes, the practices of the ever-evolving organization’s workforce, workplace behaviors and work environments now compel a diverse leadership emphasis. In many instances, changes in many work environments have required new applications around performance activities. Home-based work environments have transformed the oversight of assignments and performance monitoring where quality results are crucial, not only in support of the organization’s achievements, but for the performer’s satisfaction, growth, and success as well. Effective leadership propels the organization and supports and shares its vision and mission, while demonstrating respect, trust, and on-going commitment to solid competencies throughout the performance process. In addition, the essential monitoring, measuring and empowerment of the organization’s workforce and its achievements, upholds the framework for on-going success.

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