Susan Mcgalla: Cocktail of Leadership and Entrepreneurship

It is said that leaders are born, not made. They set out not to be leaders, but rather, to make a difference in other people and in the society. To be a corporate head is a big enough task to undertake; it requires all the leadership qualities one can muster just to steer a whole corporation towards the company goals and the profit making ways. If sitting at the corporate helms is a monumental achievement, then making a move to leave the comfort zone that such a top job creates and move into entrepreneurship; and again, become a top player in the business big league, is an extraordinary achievement. That describes the life of Ms. Susan Mcgalla in a nutshell; extraordinary.

Many people move through the ranks of corporate leadership, starting from small subordinate staff roles to managerial positions. It however takes a person of rare qualities to scale the murky corporate heights and get to have the top office. Its hard enough for a man, with a good deal of education and not only possessing but exhibiting all the qualities of a true leader, to get there. It takes a woman of steel to literally fight her way up this very competitive corporate arena; an outstanding person in all ways. This type of people who manage the rare switch from corporate leadership into entrepreneurship possess a mix of inborn and inherent characteristics that sets them apart from the ordinary corporate leader and the entrepreneur who has been that all their life.

For a person like Susan McGalla, the stakes are usually very high. No room for error is left; success is the only thing that they seek in everything. The corporate experience gave Ms.Susan the self belief that you need to galvanize you in entrepreneurship. Many have described leaving a safe job and heading the private business way as jumping from a cliff into the dark unknowns and hoping to develop wings before you hit the ground. For Susan, the daughter of a local football coach, self-confidence was instilled in her from a very young age. She credits her parents for giving her and her two brothers the right environment for nurturing these strong characteristics. She could be encouraged to present her case and argue it out logically, which gave her the self confidence she needed while growing up.

To be recognized among your peers and appointed to steer a corporation, another of the leadership qualities that she clearly exhibited was her self-drive and her focus. Her friends describe her as being driven; for such a character to be seen in a person from fellow wok mates amidst the corporate competition, it really means that Susan is clearly that; an insatiable thirst to succeed, achieve, hit all set targets and even outshine herself. This is not a mere character but a habit and it is the core of determination and perseverance for the greater good. Establishing private companies and steering them as a director to levels unimagined in a very short span of time calls for a combination of meticulous planning, precise execution of the plans and above all, being a risk-taker, who appreciates that there’s a chance things might fail but focuses on winning and does that. That has been and still is the life of Ms. Susan .P. Mcgalla. An exemplary example of a woman who’s life is dotted with achievement and a great role model for all.