Occupation territory manager
Education: Bachelor of science in business management, Mid-Continent University.
Some of DeJarnett's professional accomplishments include:
n Managing multi-state territory, Fabick CAT Power Systems.
n Milestone Revenue Award winner multiple year.
n Served as internet sales manager, and sales manager, Mike Smith Toyota.
A few of the organizations he has been involved in:
n Paducah Day Nursery, former board president.
n Kiwanis Club, current president and Key Club advisor, Kiwanian of the Year 2016.
n Heartland Church, deacon.
What is the biggest challenge for a young leader in today's workplace?
In short, time management and mentorship. What I have seen through experience with young leaders in our community as of late is there are many being "tapped out." Today's workplace offers many areas for young leaders to get involved both professionally and in the community, and many of these organizations are seeking a young and fresh approach. What seems to happen is the young leader begins to see these opportunities arise, and doesn't have an accurate depiction of the time commitment, and signs up. At that point, the young leader gets a few other things added to their plate and eventually become overwhelmed, and is scared to say no for fear of letting someone else down. I think part of this "time" problem comes from not having someone with experience walk alongside the young leader and help them manage their time properly. As the Bible story tells us, every Timothy needs a Paul, and every Paul needs a Timothy. The young leader needs that experience to be breathed into them, but at the same time the "more experienced" leader often becomes encouraged and inspired by the "young" leader.
What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?
There are a host of characteristics that aid success. Through the joy of parenting, there is one thing I have learned that my 5-year-old wants me to do: listen. Every leader should possess the ability to listen, and not just to things they want to hear. Leaders should have the capability to listen to opposing sides without being argumentative, or responding too soon.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
Two things stand out to me to ensure growing. First, I've learned that simply taking the effort to be the best at what I am doing makes me a better leader. The Bible states, "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men." - Col. 3:23 This verse and encouragement from others has taught me to make sure that I don't commit to something without giving it 100 percent, and if I can't, I don't need to commit. This allows me to zero in on what I am doing, and in turn grow and develop from each experience. Second, I seek out growth and development. Through podcasts such as StoryBrand by Donald Miller, books such as Start with Why by Simon Sinek, or listening to friends and community leaders, I am constantly looking for opportunities to learn. I've been afforded many of these by being a part of two important organizations, Kiwanis and the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. Being a part of a network of other leaders challenges me daily when I see others in their roles, and am offered new ways to learn.