Topeka’s Top 20 Under 40: Brandon Aldridge
Brandon Aldridge State Farm Agent
“Leadership isn’t always being out front. Sometimes it’s walking beside someone with encouragement. Other times, it’s being a few steps behind to catch a stumble. No matter the position, I will always be one that others can count on.”
What advice would you give someone in a new leadership position?
Have patience with yourself and with others. You are going to be learning a lot and many decisions will be thrown your way. When allowed, take time to think through your decisions and back them up with evidence and investigation.
What do you do to ensure your growth and development as a leader?
I learned from a mentor years ago to spend time on spiritual and personal development each day. I arrive at the office earlier than my team each morning to spend time reading devotions and leadership books. I also make time to listen tomy team. They need to know that I am aware of their work flow, struggles and success, and when appropriate, their personal lives.
What is your motivation?
My kids. I want Kaitlyn and Reid to grow up with an abundance of opportunities in our community.
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