Tom Wilson, Chair, President and CEO, Allstate | Gagen MacDonald

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Tom Wilson, Chair, President and CEO, Allstate

Apr 13, 2020

Tom Wilson, Chair, President and CEO of Allstate, is deeply passionate about the power of purpose. Tom, who assumed leadership of Allstate in 2007, invested in training nearly 34,000 Allstaters to help them determine their personal purpose. He also led the rich dialogues that resulted in the creation of Allstate’s renowned Shared Purpose. Recently, Tom shared the stage with Maril MacDonald at an Executives’ Club of Chicago event. Their conversation, released here, is the Season 2 finale of Let Go & Lead.
In this episode, Tom shares his perspective on leading through change, balancing visionary leadership with detail oriented execution, making effective decisions and of course, leading with purpose at Allstate.

Episode discussion guide – The Power of Purpose

Continue the conversation with others, or take the time for personal reflection, using the below episode discussion guide.
  1. Think about your personal purpose. What motivates you? Where can you add value? What can you uniquely share that serves the needs of your community, family or workplace?
  2. Tom has found silence to be an effective tool. When “silence” happens in your team, what is your reaction? What do you interpret and learn from this “silence”?
  3. Think about your leadership brand at work. Is it a true reflection of you or what others want you to be?
  4. Think about a time when you had to make a big decision. What was your approach? What did you learn?
  5. Tom shares how he balances visionary leadership with getting into the details. How do you approach balancing these attributes within your team? What would your team say?
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