LPM Magpie Awards: Sue Read, LPC, Excellence in Leadership

The LP Magazine “Magpie” Awards offer a means to celebrate industry accomplishments on an ongoing basis, recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others that demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession.

The ability to influence change is a product of drive, creativity, and determination, but it also requires a unique ability to create a shared vision that others will understand, respect, support, and pursue. Recipients reflect that standard of excellence, representing the quality and spirit of leadership that makes a difference in our lives, our people, and our programs. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our latest honorees.

Excellence in Leadership, Sue Read, LPC, Senior Director of Environmental Health, Safety, and Loss Prevention, FleetPride

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“I have always believed that it is a primary responsibility of a leader to mentor and motivate their team to lead with a positive and enthusiastic attitude,” says Read. “This is something that I take great pride in accomplishing myself, and among the most important qualities I look for when identifying talent and measuring performance. As a leader, watching those we’ve had the distinct privilege of leading realize their potential and find that success will always be among our greatest accomplishments.”

Read also emphasizes that an important aspect of leadership is the ability to influence others. “Our industry demands that we stay one step ahead of issues that can impact our employees, customers, and the bottom line,” she says. “We must always be a value add, dialed into and a part of strategic business initiatives, collaborating cross-functionally, and empowering our team to have influence on department objectives.  We have to be a trusted partner for the business; in-turn, they will trust us to always do the right thing for them.”

Well known as an enthusiastic leader, she is just as passionate about her support of the loss prevention profession as she is about the people and companies she has served. She has been both a vocal and strategic supporter of The Loss Prevention Foundation and has directly contributed to many industry initiatives, leveraging her talents for the betterment of the loss prevention community.

“When it comes to accomplishing all the meaningful objectives we look to achieve as an industry, it’s important to balance strategy and action. But it’s just as crucial that we find ways to work together, capitalizing on the diverse talents that drive our success, building meaningful partnerships, and executing layered and lasting plans. All of this hasits foundation in people. Leadership isn’t just an ability—it’s a gift, and one intended to be shared.”

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