The Leadership Spotlight continues this week with Eric Lackey. Eric has been with Dave Ramsey’s organization for almost eight years with the IT team.
His team is responsible for a wide range of technology including order entry, CRM and ERP software, networking, security, systems management and user support. Prior to joining Dave Ramsey’s office, Eric worked at ISDN-Net for five years as an applications developer. Eric earned his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems at Middle Tennessee State University.
Eric is a Tennessee native, but lived for a short time in Arlington, Texas, before moving back to Tennessee. Eric and his wife, Rachel, have two children, Mason, age 3, and Myla, 3 months. The family resides in Franklin, Tennessee,, and attend Clearview Baptist Church. In his spare time, Eric likes to be on Center Hill Lake spending time with family and friends.
CLo: What is your role in leadership?
EL: Director of IT
CLo: What is the best advice you’ve ever received about leadership?
EL: Have confidence as a leader to hire people who are smarter than you.
CLo: What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?
EL: Having time to step back and work on my team is one of my biggest challenges. In IT, you don’t always know what each day is going to bring, and you are often happy to make it through the day. When you are busy working on day-to-day issues, it is difficult to do long-term team strategy and planning.
CLo: How do you continue to improve yourself as a leader?
EL: Read, meet with and learn from other leaders, attend leadership conferences, accept leadership positions outside of work.
CLo: How do you invest in others?
EL: I make sure that my team knows I’m available to them whenever they need me — whether it’s a project or a personal issue. I also try to push my team to make sure they love what they’re doing. I love coming in and working through the technology challenges we face each day, but if your heart isn’t it then it’s easy to get burned out quickly.
CLo: What was the last book you read?