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What it Means to Be a Leader
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What it Means to Be a Leader

Leadership is about emotion. Even Forbes says so. We admire the people we admire because, in some underlying way, they have the ability to inspire us—to create a spark. Most of us, by sheer misfortune, aren’t natural-born leaders. But many of us innately have the traits and transferrable skills that can make us worthwhile leaders someday. And this is where Nestlé Purina comes in. Developing our associates from day one is done in many ways like providing available and relevant resources pertaining to career growth and development, offering mentor programs and opportunities, and furthermore, understanding your career goals and tracking them with you in regular touch bases with your manager. Our organization is only as strong as our people, which is why we put our people first.

In historical context, it was Daniel Goleman who first paired the terms “emotional intelligence” with business. After thorough research at nearly 200 large, global corporations, he discovered that the qualities associated with “leadership” include intelligence, toughness, determination, and vision. However, he deemed these relatively insignificant when looking at the broader picture. “Truly effective leaders are also distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence, which includes self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skill”, according to Goleman in an article by the Harvard Business Review.

While these terms may seem more “soft” in nature, research over the past half-dozen years has proven a distinct relevance between the value of emotional intelligence and achieving measurable business results.

At Nestlé Purina, we invest in our people from the very beginning because we know they’ll be the current and future leaders of our business. We are powered by emotionally intelligent experts at the top of their field, and we’re truly empowered by the people and pets in which we partner with every day. From individual contributors to executive level associates, it’s each of our responsibility to portray leadership skills and Purina will continue to help get you to the next step or to your professional finish line. Joining our organization goes far beyond the day-to-day requirements of your job. It’s finding meaning & purpose, recognizing your passions and implementing them in your daily life in and outside of the office, and sharing it with really great people along the way. Our culture is unique, and it’s something you can’t describe unless you’ve experienced it. From the people to the pets, we’re something special, and we recognize that and celebrate it all at once.

If you are you a natural leader, or perhaps you are an aspiring one, we think you’ll find your place with us. If you haven’t done so, we encourage you to begin your job search with us today, so you can join an organization who leads its industry in profitability, opportunity, and community but also leads its people. If a new career isn’t on your radar, we would still love to keep in touch. By joining our Talent Network, we can send positions straight to your email that match your skillset. Either way, we can’t wait to meet you and help you become the best leader you can be.