As part of a series on leadership, we asked the executives of Toyota Material Handling what advice they have for aspiring leaders in the material handling industry. This week, we feature Josh Linnemann, TMH Vice President of Engineering.
Advice to 25-year-old self: “I would encourage my 25-year-old self to seek out people, processes, and opportunities outside the normal engineering swim lane. A broader base makes for a stronger structure, and pursuing a wide variety of interests opens the way for exciting innovation in the surprising spaces where disciplines overlap. As we change our vantage point, we identify new opportunities for growth and development, we make connections that create collaboration and transformation and, through this process, our ideas are better and more complete.”
Leadership Thought: “For me, leadership starts from a position of empathy. I think there is great value in understanding the perspective of our customers. Why do they want our product? What makes our customer experience unique? How can we lighten their burden? The same applies to our Associates. How can we provide stability for them and for their families? How do we challenge them to grow intellectually? How do we support their aspirations? And finally, it’s important to consider the viewpoint of our stakeholders. How do we ensure that we are responsible stewards of their investments? How do we represent the brand and communicate our core values? Empathy enables us to equip, encourage, and challenge ourselves and those around us to excel individually and to accomplish so much more as a team.”
10 Personal Leadership Aspirations: “Several years ago, I developed a list of 10 leadership aspirations to serve as my personal compass and help guide me to my true north. Although I rarely practice these perfectly, they are reminders to keep me on the right path as I practice the Toyota Core Values and leadership model.”