Read our interview with David Everhart. David works as Vice President, Leaders & Talents International in Mannaz.
What is your background?
I am an American who has spent much of my life seeking to understand, from personal experience, how the world works. I am inspired by travel, by the stories of people and places, and by being outside, especially in mountains. I am also a husband, a father, a brother, a son, and a friend to a small group of people scattered in several parts of the world.
What do you do in Mannaz?
I am responsible for the International Leaders & Talents consulting business. We have a team of experienced consultants in Europe and a smaller team in Asia. My goal is to try to support and inspire those around me to do impactful work that will enable the leaders we work with to excel.
What motivates you?
Working to help develop respectful, impactful global leaders. I am a strong believer in the power of global interdependence: the more people from different countries, cultures, and social environments work together, the more we rely and trust one another, the safer and more accessible the world becomes.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Personally designing, developing, and facilitating transformational development programmes that changed the lives and improved the global leadership abilities of over 500 participants in Asia, India, and South Africa.
What mistakes have you learned the most from?
Earlier in my career I found myself in a leadership role where I was forced to restructure a large team which included needing to lay off about ten people. I tried to protect as many people as I could by delaying for several months. Had I acted more quickly I probably could have saved two of these people’s jobs. I also would have reduced the worry and stress of the whole team. I learned that sometimes it is much better to act decisively, even if it seems unfair or unfeeling, than to seek everyone’s approval.