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Executive Leadership

Executive leadership is the ability to influence and guide individuals to get their best performance. The content featured in this category provides valuable insights for executive leaders on how to manage their teams better and meet organizational goals.

As Diversity Month Wraps Up, Consider the 5 Disciplines of Inclusive Leaders


April is Diversity Month. Though the month-long celebration is coming to a close, Women Leading Travel & Hospitality is committed to recognizing and celebrating people of diverse backgrounds year-round. We’re passionate about focusing on and sharing specific steps leaders can take to promote diversity, inclusion and equity. Many organizations discuss the topic — we want...

How Hyatt is Planning for the Future Without Historical Data, Tackling Other Pandemic-Related Challenges


We asked Julia Vander Ploeg, senior vice president, global head of digital and technology, Hyatt, about how she plans to help lead her organization through post-pandemic recovery. Vander Ploeg provided detailed explanations of her approach and hopes regarding the future. Our interview with Vander Ploeg is part of Women Leading Travel & Hospitality’s recent report,...

Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable


When you have the business knowledge, relationships, and expertise to do your job well, it’s easy to get comfortable and resist breaking out of your comfort zone. But to be an effective leader, that’s exactly what you need to do. Successful leaders have a unique ability to get comfortable being uncomfortable, maintaining a sense of...

How Southwest Airlines Weathered COVID-19 Internally


Staying connected and overcommunicating were the key ways Southwest Airlines took care of its team members during the COVID-19 crisis, said Linda Rutherford, senior vice president and chief communications officer at Southwest Airlines (and 2021 Top Women Leading Travel & Hospitality honoree) during last week’s Women Leading Travel & Hospitality Virtual Exchange. When responding to...

Lucy Lieberman on Her Transition to CEO of Tablet Hotels


Lucy Lieberman, CEO of Tablet Hotels (and Women Leading Travel & Hospitality advisory board member), has over 20 years of experience in branding, product marketing, product management and operations. She’s launched new digital advertising services, led global marketing programs, and built and managed cross-functional teams at big integrated agencies, digital and media agencies, and startups....

2021 Top Women in Travel & Hospitality: Hotels


As part of our continuing coverage of Women Leading Travel & Hospitality’s recent release of its first annual Top Women in Travel & Hospitality report, which features women leaders who continuously showed resiliency, perseverance and grit through challenging times during the past year, we wanted to profile leaders in select industry verticals. Today we spotlight...

10 Ways Women Execs Keep Their Teams Motivated


One of the biggest responsibilities of being a leader is keeping your teams energized and motivated. This is a complicated task at any time, but especially so during this COVID-19 crisis. Whether your teams are back in office or working remotely, they’re likely distracted and possibly worried about their job security. Even the most self-motivated...

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