This blog post was written by the Chairman of Hytrol's Board of Directors as part of our celebration of Loberg Day, in which we honor the legacy of our late founder, Tom Loberg. Tom believed in servant leadership, in empathy and in family. He routinely gave his time and resources to his community, both within Hytrol and the Jonesboro area. As someone who believed in the importance of relationships, Tom wanted his employees to feel like part of a family; he often referred to the company as “The Hytrol Family,” and this is a tradition that continues today.
What was Tom Loberg’s leadership style? I readily admit that many others are better equipped to report on personal observations of how Tom led. So many of our current employees or retirees – especially those who are honored on the 40 year pillars in the front office – had much better and more plentiful opportunities to see Tom in action. But my observations during the relatively brief period I worked directly for and with him continue to provide tools I use in the service of his company: Hytrol. I am pleased to have the opportunity to share these, especially for those who didn’t have the opportunity to know Tom and see him in action.
There are three hallmarks of Tom’s style that have come to me over that period: empathy, humility and gratitude.