It’s critical for all leaders to develop active listening skills. Specifically for women, there’s a balancing act between just listening while still having a voice in discussions among men. I think society gives men more latitude in that regard. As women practice active listening, the opportunities to interject and drive the conversation in a meaningful way becomes clearer. When you accomplish this, you set yourself apart as a valuable, insightful leader. This is key in building relationships with male colleagues, building your personal brand and driving success in business.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Amy Gowder, vice president and general manager, Training and Logistics Solutions, for Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems located in Orlando, Fla. In this role, she is responsible for the execution and strategic growth of Lockheed Martin’s mission readiness and sustainment programs leading more than 4,500 employees around the globe. Amy is a proven leader. In 2012, she was named a top 40 under 40 aviation executive by Aviation Week. In 2015, she was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame and in 2016, she was appointed to the Texas Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee. Most recently, Amy was named one of seven Notable Women in Orlando Tech and appointed to sit on the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) board of trustees. In this role she supports careers of excellence and leadership in science and technology, MIT’s Research Science Institute and additional CEE STEM education programs.
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Growing up I was always interested in science, math and engineering. In high school I wanted to go into the medical field, so I volunteered at local hospitals and clinics. Once I entered college, I combined those passions and pursued a…