People-Driven Leaders

People-Driven Leaders take a different approach to business success, helping their people be their best selves, so they can do their best work. While these leaders have common learnings and philosophies, each has a unique and compelling story to share.

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Pamela Ries

Pamela Ries

Chief Human Resources Officer at
Spectrum Health

“I pride myself in understanding the business first wherever I work. I don’t think I would have been nearly as effective in Human Resources if I hadn’t made that a priority.”

Tamara Bray

Tamara Bray

Chief Human Resources Officer,
DCP Midstream

“We’re now on this journey to define our future both from an innovation, technological, [and] digitization perspective, as well as from a culture-enabling perspective. After all the years of great, cool, fun learning experiences, I’m actually having the greatest time of my life because now I’m doing what I think HR is really meant to do.”

Sean Woodroffe

Sean Woodroffe

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, TIAA

“The principal role of human resources is to deliver and facilitate opportunities for associates to be highly engaged—and to be and achieve their best.”

Garry Ridge

Garry Ridge

WD-40 Company CEO

“Happiness is doing worthwhile work. In my role, this means creating an atmosphere where people can do their best and will feel good about how they’re investing their days with us.”

Terilyn Juarez Monroe

Terilyn Juarez Monroe

Chief People Officer and Senior Vice President, People & Places at Varian

"My favorite word is ‘inspiration.’ My job, my team’s job, every leader’s job is to inspire people. Starting with emotional connections, an exciting vision and a focus on creating the best possible experience for people is key."

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“The principal role of human resources is to deliver and facilitate opportunities for associates to be highly engaged—and to be and achieve their best.”

Sean Woodroffe

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer TIAA

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What is a People-Driven Leader?

People-driven leaders put people at the center of everything they do. 

They know that attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining happy and successful people is critical to achieve organizational success. Above all, they embrace a new way of thinking best described as People Success.

In a People Success culture, employees bring their best selves to work and do their best work. A strategy built on this foundation empowers people at all levels of an organization to pursue and support one another’s happiness, development, and performance. It’s an essential paradigm for creating high-performance organizations.

To be a people-driven leader requires compassion, emotional intelligence, and a growth mindset. These leaders also possess vision and determination to champion significant innovation and inspire others to join in.

"While these leaders have common learnings and philosophies, each has a unique and compelling story to share."

This project is an exploration of how this group of people-driven leaders developed their personal qualities and abilities. By speaking with some of the leaders we admire most — across industries, regions, and backgrounds — we’ll begin to answer the questions, How do they think? Where do they come from? And, How can future leaders adopt a people-driven mindset, and change the trajectory of their organizations?

While these leaders have common learnings and philosophies, each has a unique and compelling story to share. Follow along as we uncover what makes this unique group tick, and lay the path to shaping the next generation of people-driven leaders.