I was also curious to see if these executives could pin down
one characteristic that they believe every leader should
possess. Meier quickly stated that grit was at the top of her
list. Creating “the ability to come out on the other side of
challenges and grow!” Chiming in was Lombardo, who said
that an important characteristic of leadership is simply
treating your employees with care. “I like to consider myself
a heart-led leader. You need to care about the folks you
work with. My employees are treated like an extension of my
Being such strong figures in the industry, I wanted to leave
the end of our conversation open to any advice that they saw
fit to give to upcoming leaders, as well as to the women of
NAID. For first time leaders, Schafer said that it is important
to not assume that you know how to be a good leader. “Learn
from others and find a mentor.” Meier encourages leaders to
grow through the training provided by NAID’s Shred School
and CSDS education. Lombardo made it clear that staying
humble, engaging with team members, and being confident
in asking for help are also some of the keys to success.
As far as advice for the women of NAID, Lombardo summed
it up well, “Be yourself and stay authentic. Trust that you are
making the right choices and decisions.”
About the Author
Maggie Geolat is the Marketing
Coordinator for i-SIGMA.
Stacey Lombardo is the President and
Founder of Infoshred, LLC, located in
East Windsor, CT.
Infoshred offers solutions for secure document
destruction, records storage, product and media
destruction, and disintegration of microfilm, microfiche,
pill bottles and ID cards.
Margaret Meier is the President of
UltraShred Technologies, Inc., located
in Jacksonville, FL..
UltraShred Technologies has provided shredding services
for corporate, small business and residential customers
Renee Schafer is the Director of
Operations for Data Security, Inc.,
located in Lincoln, NE.
Data Security, Inc. is a manufacturer and supplier of hard
drive degaussers, magnetic tape degaussers as well as
hard drive and solid-state destruction devices.