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CEO of Diamondback Energy, Travis Stice, Gives Exclusive Insight to Participants at the Executive Leadership Program

Executive Leadership Program: High-Performing Teams & Cultures

The Executive Leadership Cultivating High-Performing Teams & Cultures program held its second session of the year this week, hosting 25 participants from 8 companies. The yearlong hybrid program, in partnership with Heidrick & Struggles, gives Senior Directors and Vice President Level Leaders insight and skills that prepare them for future corporate-level leadership roles. Energy Workforce & Technology Council President Molly Determan delivered opening remarks, welcoming participants and sharing an overview of expectations as they continue to complete the program.

Advisory Board Member Doug Orr and Laura Gironda, Principal, Heidrick & Struggles, led and facilitated the program. The second session focused on the importance of embodying personal core values and the impact this has when leading a team, as well as self-development.

As they dove deep into these topics, participants engaged in discussions to gain insight from one another and further understand how core values can create an engaging and trusting team.

“When you’re a leader, people look up to you and emulate your actions. You set the tone for your team. Your team will pick up your habits and resonate with your core values as you continue to showcase them. This will ultimately harvest a healthy and successful team.”

– Participant

During the program, guest speaker Travis Stice, CEO of Diamondback Energy, joined to share insight on what leadership means to him. Participants also had the opportunity to engage in an exclusive Q&A session with Stice.

“A leader is someone who has leaders who willingly follow them. There are two things that I’ve seen drive people to willingly follow their leaders. Those two things are character and authenticity. Character is what you do when no one is watching, and authenticity is what you do all the time.”

– Travis Stice

To wrap up the session, the group dove deep into self-development and the steps they need to take to grow as individuals so they can successfully lead their teams. Orr and Gironda emphasized the importance of building trust and engaging with their teams. They discussed what participants can gain from establishing these strong connections with others.

“It’s important that we understand the weight of our words. How you engage with others lets them know that you care. It’s how we create a welcoming and strong culture.”

– Participant

In addition to the seminars for these yearlong programs, participants engage in leadership development activities outside their company. They also attend at least two Energy Workforce leadership meetings, such as leadership forums, where participants engage and network with energy leaders from across the industry. The program includes executive coaching from Heidrick & Struggles as well as valuable mentorship from members of the Energy Workforce’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board. This gives participants a unique opportunity to receive strategic career advice and to develop relationships with industry leaders. For any questions about the programs, contact Vice President Programs & Events Peggy Helfert.

Britney Turcios, Marketing Specialist, writes about the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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