To Be Effective, Every EHS&S Professional Needs to Be a Leader

NAEM Staff
February 2, 2017
Drena Howard, Director of Global Retail EHS for The Estée Lauder Co's. Inc., describes how leadership skills are at the core of effective EHS&S management.

"Whether you have direct reports or don't have direct reports, you are going to be a leader. You are going to be a leader and an advocate for the health and safety of employees, for the health and safety of the environment."

"People and generations are changing, so if you get stagnant and stuck — 'okay, this is how I lead, this how I do things' — you won't grow and develop. So I think it's ever-important to always stay abreast of what's new, what's happening, what's shaking out there, so that you can continue to grow yourself as a professional, and interact, and give back, and make sure that you are bringing people up as well."

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