My guest for this episode is Tim Lupinacci, CEO and Chair at Baker Donelson, where he leads over 1,300 individuals in 22 offices across the Southeastern US. Tim is presently leading the firm’s five-year BakerVision 2028 strategy and its Diversity & Inclusion Compact. Tim Lupinacci spent the first 28 years of his legal practice focused on helping financial institutions solve complex problems arising in commercial restructuring and bankruptcy matters throughout the country.

During his leadership journey at Baker Donelson, Tim chaired the Financial Services Department and the Women’s Pathways to Leadership Committee and served as a member of the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He was awarded with the Firm’s highest award for both advancement and support of women and minorities.

As a self-professed “leadership junkie”, Tim’s journey to stepping up as a leader began thirty years ago as a young lawyer after disappointing a boss with an epic failure.  The boss challenged Tim (after significant yelling and tough love!). In the three decades since, Tim has studied, read, and grown his leadership skills through hard work, being curious, trying novel ideas, failing, learning from failures, and getting better every day. This culminated in the launching of a non-profit called “Everybody Leads,” focused on empowering individuals in underserved communities with basic leadership skills and confidence to better lead themselves, lead others, and lead in the community.

Here’s what to expect during the episode:

  • What are the key qualities and attributes that make a great leader?
  • How does effective leadership contribute to the success of an organization or team?
  • Why is building relationships crucial for being a leader?
  • What potential pitfalls or mistakes should leaders avoid when navigating setbacks?
  •  How can leaders determine the appropriate level of transparency when it comes to sharing information with their team?

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