Sponsor letter: The definition of Leadership

Supplement - 2013 Leadership Awards

March 5, 2013
Laurie Riggs

The professional lawn and landscape industry comprises tens of thousands of small businesses with entrepreneurs at the helm. The leaders of these firms strive to establish their businesses within their communities not only as offering quality services but also as reputable businesses who give back to the communities in which they work and live.

While lawn and landscape businesses are as varied in scope as they are in size and regional nuances, the leading companies exhibit consistent traits. These traits include integrity, vision, creativity, business stability and enthusiasm.

Leaders are admired, revered and often emulated. Like any industry, landscape contractors enjoy networking with other business owners who exhibit passion for the industry. A lot can be learned in one conversation, one story and/or one face-to-face visit.

True leaders continue to evolve, grow and learn from other leaders; hence the popularity of business books and seminars. In the spirit of masterful leadership, we compiled a short list of key leadership quotes to set the stage for this supplement:

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” – John Maxwell

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – General George Patton

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Kenneth Blanchard

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

This Leadership Supplement serves to recognize six companies and their owners who exhibit distinctive qualities that deserve to be acknowledged. We hope you enjoy reading their stories.

Syngenta is pleased to sponsor this Leadership Supplement. We are continually researching solutions that help you grow your businesses and enhance the turf, landscape beds, and trees on residential and commercial properties.

Syngenta creates products – such as Tenacity® Herbicide, CaravanGTM Insecticide/Fungicide, Headway® G Fungicide, and Heritage® G Fungicide – that help grow your business, improve productivity and expand your service offerings. We enjoy being your partner in enhancing the lawn and landscape business and we look forward to working with you in 2013.

Laurie Riggs

Lawn Care Marketing Manager


Lawn & Landscape is always on the lookout for potential winners of its annual Leadership Awards. If you know someone in the industry who exemplifies what it means to be a leader, send a note to Editor Chuck Bowen at cbowen@gie.net.