Herb Johnson, Jr
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Michelin North America
MY GREATEST STRENGTH
My ability to be a valued team player and maintain a servant-leader mentality has helped me achieve business objectives.
Beyond my parents, Martin Luther King, Jr. continues to motivate me to fight for the least among us.
HOW I MOTIVATE OTHERS
I try to lead by example, and never ask anyone to do anything I’m not willing to do.
OUR GREATEST CHALLENGE
Black on black crime, followed closely by undervaluing the power of an education.
First, I give back through my church. Then, by volunteering with the UNCF, the United Way’s African American Leadership Council, and other organizations I also tutor a 4th grade African-American boy at a local Title 1 public elementary school.
Success is not measured by how smart you are, or your position. But, by how you respect people and value the diverse perspectives of others. This has proven to be key to driving business results.
I try to keep my priorities in the proper order—God, family, friends, then work.
It’s not all about me!
Do your job well, seek out a mentor, network within the organization, and volunteer for the difficult assignments and projects.