When I think of leadership and what it means to be a good leader, one person in my life stands out to me; Mrs. Cynthia Kelly. I feel she embodies the essence of what I have come to learn about good leadership and she demonstrates her passion for nurturing her followers to be the best that they can, in a multitude of different contexts and environments. Mrs. Kelly has just been promoted to the title of Director of Events at Ellen Michael’s Presents (EMP), Inc. (an events planning company) in Los Gatos, California. This position was created exclusively for her by CEO Ellen Michaels, to allow Mrs. Michaels to semi retire and to adjust the management of the recently expanded company and oversight of all of its employees to now rest on Mrs. Kelly’s shoulders. Mrs. Kelly is now responsible for the multi-million dollar company that she has been a part of for close to 14 years.
EMP has been a premier global events planning company for over 25 years and has managed to grow 30% in the last several years, despite the recession and global cutbacks of companies towards the event planning business. EMP is a relatively small company, with a core employee base of around 20 (not including outside vendors), however they deliver top of the line service and quality that few larger corporations can match and the values at EMP are unparalleled. “Our goal is to deliver outstanding events that project your culture, fulfill your objectives, gain your trust, and exceed your expectations” (EMP mission statement)(C. Kelly, personal communication, November 15, 2013).
This statement reflects Mrs. Kelly’s commitment and dedication to providing the highest quality of service to not only her clients, but to her employees as well. She lives by this creed and puts her heart and soul into her work. This is one of the reasons that people respect her and look up to her, and show unwavering loyalty and commitment to her, whether they are a client, an employee, or a friend. She has brought in many high profile clients and kept them loyal to EMP’s services even when they themselves leave corporations and move on to others. They continue to use EMP’s services because of the quality of service that they received and the leadership that Mrs. Kelly epitomizes in all she does. When people from all backgrounds and stations want to follow you and be lead by you, that is a testament to the quality of leadership that one has. This is why I chose to use Mrs. Kelly for my interview and why I respect her and think of her as mentor to me.
I have known and looked up to Mrs. Kelly my entire life and have tried to follow her example of strength, courage, and leadership throughout the years. We have much in common and are both Type A personalities and obsess over whatever we do. She has managed to take these issues and turn them into an asset and use them to her advantage. When I spoke to her regarding this assignment, she was thrilled to help. I have worked with her in the past and seen her in...