My name is Steven Tremblay. I am a father of two amazing boys. Daniel is now 11 and Justin is 9. I am happily married to an amazing wife. Karen and I have been married for 12 years. I am extremely blessed to have such an amazing family.
I graduated college in 2005 from the Electrical Technologist program. Shortly after I started my own corporation where I offered my Project management and electrical design services to multiple mining and engineering companies. I enjoyed this stage of my career but always knew that it would only be a stepping stone to the next challenge.
I recently took a new direction in my career from the technical side of the mining industry to the leadership/management side. I am currently a General Supervisor for Agnico Eagle Mines in Nunavut leading a department of approximately 100 employees. It has been an amazing experience so far and I have really enjoyed the new challenges that comes with this position. I am also part of the training staff for a new leadership program that the company has recently launched.
I am also currently a student at Athabasca University working towards a Post Baccalaureate in Leadership & Management.
During my “down time” I spend most of my time at my cottage with my family and parents. Hunting and fishing are some of my favourite hobbies but we also have a small farm that keeps us very busy. Currently we are raising: a single meat calf, pigs, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, laying chickens and meat chickens. We are also beekeepers with six bee hives.
“I am a leader that teaches, coaches and empowers individuals develop and nourish their leadership roots in order for them to grow and be successful in all aspects of their lives and in turn share their knowledge with others.”
– Steven Tremblay
Why should this blog be of interest to you?
I believe everyone can be a leader in their own personal and/or professional lives. Being a leader is a way of life where the needs of others come before ours. Leaders are found in schools, homes, workplaces, hospitals and in many other places. This world needs as many positive leaders as possible. Becoming a great leader is a life long journey. Join me in my journey and let’s learn together.
This blog will explore the characteristics of what makes a great leader. I strongly believe that a leader is not born but is made. There are natural leaders in the world and those individuals certainly have a strong foundation when they begin their leadership journey, however just because a person is not born with the natural instincts/characteristics of a leader it does not mean that it’s impossible for them to be successful as one.
The purpose of this blog is to share the knowledge and lessons learned as I take my journey in my leadership life. Yes, I said life and not career as a leader should be a leader in all aspects of their life both personally and professionally.
Why the name Roots of a Leader?
It’s important to define the name of this blog to understand it’s purpose. Wikipedia defines the word root as “The organ of a plant that typically lies below the surface of the soil”.
Roots are the foundation and the non visible parts of a plant. Leaders need to grow their foundation strong so that when the wind blows and the storms come they will stand strong as a solid leader respected and appreciated by their peers. I find this critical as a leader will be spending much more energy than they will receive. A leader needs to give without needing to receive anything in return.
If we are serious in growing as leaders we will never stop growing our roots. Roots are not what people see when they look at us, it is what is inside of us that no one can take away. What people see are the fruits that we produce as leaders. I will call these fruits “Actions”.
Knowledge and experience is the food for our foundation.
Wikipedia defines the word leadership as “Leadership is both a research area and a practical skill encompassing the ability of an individual or organization to “lead” or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations.”
The words in this definition that stands out to me are research and practical skill. Research is what we will explore here on this blog. It will be up to us to grow in our practical skills by putting into action what we have learned in our research.
“It is my hope that this blog becomes a community for great discussions where we can all learn from each other. We will all have failures and successes and if we share these with each other we can build each other up. I am sure that you will all agree that the world we live in needs positive inspiring leaders that will help build the confidence, skills and knowledge of others.”
I hope you will join me in my journey as I take action in sharing all that I can with anyone that is interested in learning with me.
Let’s grow our roots together,
Founder of RootsOfALeader.com