On his company website, Neal Rothermel is quoted in Italic font: “I love why we do what we do.”
It’s a powerful phrase showcasing what many leaders may hope to impart on employees across the organization.
“I started my own business 23 years ago, and as we’ve grown, we’ve hired people in leadership roles across the country. My job as a leader is to find the right people, and to make sure to share our company culture and stories. Since we’re located around the United States, it’s increasingly important to find ways to share that culture and stories – to share why we do what we do,” explained Rothermel.
Rothermel pursued the Fellows Program through the Indiana University Tobias Leadership Center in 2017 to further develop his leadership skills and to locate resources that otherwise may not have been available. The program is an exclusive cohort that admits 15-20 seasoned executives each year. During the year-long, 10-session program, Fellows develop a deeper understanding of the core competencies and theory of leadership through experiential learning with leadership experts and scholars.
“Each experience was unique and different, and each time I came into it thinking this round can’t be as a good as the last one. But it was. It was really well-done,” said Rothermel. “Each session had top notch leadership from around the world, and it was held in a site where you got behind the scenes access and interesting perspective. I learned things that aren’t available through any other kind of leadership development program.”
It was the session focused on storytelling that sticks out as particularly memorable to Rothermel.