Let Go & Lead
Denise Ramos CEO & President
ITT Corporation

On Corporate Accountability (2:15)

MARIL MACDONALD:
You know sometimes people hear the concept of Let Go and Lead and think well that doesn’t make a lot of sense, you can’t abdicate responsibility as a leader, that leadership is all about accountability.  How do you think about that mix of things?

DENISE RAMOS:
Yeah, there’s no question that I know what I’m accountable for. At the end of the day the buck does stop here and I know that. But that doesn’t mean you have to control everything.  In fact, you will be, you will be less…impactful if you try to control everything that you can because you just can’t, you just can’t be all things to all people.  And you can’t control everything that gets done, that’s why you put good people in place.  That’s why you put good lead, good leaders in place.  That’s why you care about all eighty-five hundred employees because they’re the ones that, that support you.  They’re the ones that, that do it on a day-to-day basis.

So, at the end of the day am I accountable?  Absolutely.  So, what am I accountable for?  I’m accountable for the result which starts with all eighty-five hundred employees and getting them aligned around a vision and a purpose and a meaningful ah, perspective as to what they do on a day in and a day out basis and to understand the strategy going forward.  And to make sure that they’re aligned with that and in tune with that so that they can drive the value that needs to get, that needs to get driven.  I won’t be able to achieve the goals in this company nor will any other leader if you can’t engage the employee base in, in understanding that and, and being there for you.