Learning to Lead Episode #48: Greg Peaslee on Leadership

This episode comes from our Learning to Lead Breakfast series. Our November 2014 speaker was UPMC Executive, Greg Peaslee. In this episode, Greg teaches what he believes to be some of the most significant lessons for next generation leaders to learn.

Everyone who attended the breakfast learned so much. I hope that this episode adds as much value to your life as it did to mine! Below you will find the podcast, Greg’s bio, some of my key takeaways, and upcoming announcements for Learning to Lead.

If you enjoy Greg’s talk, you can listen to my interview with Greg from a few years ago here.

Episode #48: Greg Peaslee on Leadership



Greg’s Bio:

Gregory Peaslee is executive vice president and chief administrative officer for UPMC. He is responsible for overseeing human resources, construction, real estate and corporate security departments, as well as UPMC’s captive insurance companies.

After joining UPMC in 1987, Mr. Peaslee served in a variety of senior leadership roles, including executive director of the University of Pittsburgh Physicians, and chief financial officer of UPMC Montefiore and of Eye & Ear Hospital.

He currently serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the Community College of Allegheny County, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Bidwell Training Center, the Imani Christian Advisory Board, the University of Pittsburgh Physicians, UPMC Passavant Hospital and the UPMC Health Plan.

Graduating in 1982 with a degree from Duquesne University, Mr. Peaslee began his career as a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young.

My Key Takeaways:

  • My job as a leader is to make the people who work for me successful
  • You’re obligated as a leader to serve your people. If you’re not accessible, how are they going to be successful?
  • The higher up you are, the more your job is about hiring good people and helping them be successful.
  • Leadership is not all intuitive, God gives us certain skills, but also wants us to learn.
  • The happiest people on the planet serve others.
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously
  • People in leadership aren’t necessarily good people.
  • Leadership doesn’t make you more important than anyone else.
  • Big compensation doesn’t make you a better person.
  • God doesn’t want work to become an idol.
  • Quality time vs. Quantity time is a bunch of crap – you’re family needs both!
  • Doers with leadership skills tend to be the best leaders
  • If you’re getting anxious about something, it should remind you to turn it over to God
  • Hire for integrity, intelligence, and attitude.
  • Be careful of who and what you’re following. You can be following the wrong thing or the wrong person!
  • Life is going to be a scary thing if you don’t believe there is something afterward
  • Legacy can be self-serving. Legacy is fleeting.

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