Learning to Lead Episode #16: Greg Peaslee

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Episode #16: Greg Peaslee


This month I had the privilege to interview Greg Peaslee, Senior vice president and chief Human Resources and Administrative Services 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. It was incredible. Some of my key takeaways were:

  • Experience doesn’t matter as much as you think
  • Our legacy on earth is ultimately meaningless
  • I can’t make marginal leaders good leaders, but I can make good leaders great leaders
  • God doesn’t want you in a role that you can’t be successful in
  • Your family needs both quality and quantity time
  • Leading outside of work is important
  • Money won’t buy you a better relationship, family, or a better life. On the other hand, a lack of money buys unhappiness. Trust God to provide.
  • Senior roles in leadership come with a price!


Tell us about yourself, your family, your passions, and what you do.

Personal Leadership:

Walk us through your leadership journey . . . did you always aspire to be a leader wherever you were? How did you learn leadership? Did someone teach you?  Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe some one who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life? What are you doing and what have you done to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

What books have you read that have made a great impact on you that you would recommend?

How do you structure your days and your life so that you are as productive as possible? Could you talk about one or two of your greatest leadership failures? What did you learn from them?

You’re an executive with a family, how do you balance life and work?


In article in the Business Times, you said that the word that described you best is Christian! I think that’s awesome! Can you walk us through your faith journey?

Can you talk for a minute about how your faith effects your life and what you actively doing outside of your career to make an impact on our community for the Kingdom?

Organizational Leadership: 

Talk to us about the organizational culture of UPMC, what makes it great? What are you guys working on to make it better? With so many employees, how do you ensure that everyone is bought into the culture you’ve developed?

You said in an article that, “The key to success has been to hire and mentor very good people. You surround yourself with a very capable team. The goal is to hire the right people and get them into the right roles, then help them achieve. I have a group of people who are excellent.”

What qualities do you look for in up and coming leaders?

In your leadership experience, what have you learned about building a great team?

What does mentoring and development young leaders look like in your organization?

What have you found to be the biggest challenges that executives face?

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?

What questions am I not asking that I should be?


What advice would you give young leaders when it comes to picking the “right” career?

What can young leaders do to set themselves apart in their organizations?

Closing Questions:

Where is Greg Peaslee in 15 years? What do you want your legacy to be?

Any closing advice for young leaders?

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