RICHARD (RICHIE) WAYNE KEMP

Kemp

Attorney, KempWrightLaw, PLLC

Age: 38

Education: Juris Doctorate, Southern Illinois School of Law, Carbondale; bachelor of science, political science, Murray State University.

Some of Kemp's professional accomplishments include:

n Assistant county attorney (Mayfield, Graves County), 2009 to present, prosecutor.

n Assistant commonwealth attorney (Mayfield, Graves County), January, 2007-July 2017, prosecutor.

n Executive committee, Graves County Democratic Party.

A few of the organizations he has been involved in:

n Board of directors, Mayfield-Graves County Chamber of Commerce.

n Board of directors, Lighthouse, women's shelter.

n Mentor, Graves County High School mentor program.

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

For me, it's time management. I am fortunate and blessed to have a lot of clients and their cases are all important. It's important to me to provide all my clients with excellent representation. I have to be very organized and manage my time efficiently. This can be very challenging to me to also spend time at home with my wife and family.

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

There are a great deal of important characteristics - being a hard worker, having good character, being humble, but one simple characteristic that stands out to me is a positive attitude. If a leader has a positive attitude, it is infectious. Leaders set the tone. It is important to remain positive, even in the face of adversity and frustrating situations. A leader that remains positive encourages those around him or her thus increasing the likelihood of success.

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

I'm always open to learning. I think a good leader should always be willing to learn more and improve. Strong and effective leadership needs to be able to evolve and adapt as the landscape changes and new challenges arise. I have a thick skin and regularly encourage input and constructive criticism from those around me.

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