Tom Wilk

Treasury management and payments consultant, US Bank

Age: 35

Education: Bachelor's degree in business marketing, University of Kentucky.

Some of Clements' professional accomplishments include:

n US Bank, sales and service coordinator, Star of Excellence Award.

n US Bank, treasury management and payments consultant, 2017 Q1 Pinnacle Award

n Committee member for Young Professionals Summit

A few of the organizations she has been involved in:

n Family Service Society, board of directors.

n Serving as mentor to Rhiannon Jenkins, through US Bank program.

n Kiwanis Club of Paducah board member.

What is the biggest challenge for a young leader in today's workplace?

I believe the biggest challenge for young leaders in today's workplace is getting beyond the stereotypes that are placed on millennials. The current Converge Team that I've been chosen for through US Bank is tackling this exact issue. I am just on the tipping point of the millennial generation and it seems that many leaders think that all millennials think exactly the same. In fact, this stereotype has come up several times in our meetings. Many young people feel that advancement and accolades should be simply handed to them based on performance, without raising a hand and asking for upward movement or movement at all. When in fact, most management feels that if you are interested in advancement, you should be upfront and honest about your aspirations. I think the barrier between the generations has presented a challenge for both young people and the leaders who are guiding them.

What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

One characteristic that I believe every leaders should possess is the understanding that being a leader isn't necessarily being the "boss." You can be a leader without having one person report directly to you. And just the opposite, you can be a boss and have hundreds of direct reports, but not be a leader. Being a boss is all about pushing others, while being a leader is about pushing others to do their very best! Being a leader isn't always about being number one or getting recognized. It is often about having the ability to lift others up, putting others first and often yourself last. Bosses think about me, while leaders think about we.

What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

My continued leadership growth is at the top of my priority list as I continue through my career. I have made it a point to make sure that I have a sphere of influence that not only encourages me, but also pushes me to grow, learn, and think outside of my comfort zone. Continuing to involve myself in the community and gain new relationships, while deepening current ones, is an absolute must for me in order to continue to grow and to learn. I make every attempt to take part in both personal and professional development opportunities when they are presented and am fortunate to work for a company that not only allows me to participate in these events, but encourages me to do so.

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