What qualities make a good leader?
Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. While there are many qualities of a good leader, the three biggest are sincere passion and enthusiasm, integrity, and loyalty. People can recognize insincerity from a mile away, so don’t even go there. Give proper credit for accomplishments, acknowledging mistakes, and put safety and quality first. Leaders understand that true loyalty is reciprocal. They ensure that all team members have the training and resources to do their job, and they are willing to stand up for team members during crisis and conflict.
Tell me about your history with RVC Outdoor Destinations.
I am the Social Media Manager for RVC Outdoor Destinations and am based out of our support center in Memphis, Tennessee. Being able to work with all of RVC Outdoor Destinations Resorts has been a blessing and has introduced me to an entirely new way of life, the RV lifestyle. This lifestyle is a perfect pairing for my love of roadtripping!
What woman has inspired your life the most?
My mother inspires me the most. She has been there for me since day one and is my very first and longest-lasting best friend. The most inspiring message that she taught me was that “Patience is the difference in your dreams coming true or not. Keep working hard and hang in there.” I still struggle with that lesson daily.
If you could meet anyone, male or female, living or dead, who would you want to meet?
Meeting Amelia Earhart would be the highlight of my life. Her story is one of both success and tragedy and FULL of adventure. She soared through the clouds (literally) and journeyed to the top. Amelia wasn’t deterred by naysayers that told her that she couldn’t achieve her dreams. Her message to other women was that “the woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.”
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Learning to play the Fiddle has been on my bucket list for a very long time. I began my musical journey about 1.5 years ago, while it will be a while before I can be confident about this new skill set, but I won’t back down from the challenge!
What was the first thing that you bought for yourself with the money that you earned on your own?
While I was in high school, I worked on a farm that hosted children’s birthday parties, offered riding lessons and summer pony camps. With my first paycheck, I bought ice cream/milkshakes for myself and my “coworkers” at our favorite Friday night hangout “the Dip.”
What is your favorite thing about being a woman?
Women are full of passion, and we are so multi-dimensional with our emotions and insight. Our internal connections run so deep that we can understand what each other is feeling without even saying a word. We refuse to take NO for an answer, and if there is not a straight path leading us to our destination, we will create our own way.
What advice would you give to a young professional who is looking to make a career in the Hospitality Industry?
Communication is key. Help your colleagues along the way, even if the task is not in your job description, and always go the extra mile. Being a trustworthy team player is critical.
What what do you hope to accomplish with this Blog?
My Grandfather worked for the Arkansas Highway Department and from a very young age, he instilled upon me a curiosity for exploring small towns and other virtually unappreciated areas. It was nothing for him to say, let’s go take a drive and see what we can see. It is my goal to share my travels and to make recommendations on things to see, places to stay, and restaurants to enjoy. I want to inspire my followers to explore the backroads that we tend to miss by taking the expressway. I hope to honor my grandfather’s memory by continuing our nomadic traditions. Let’s go for an adventure!
– By Stacie Spain
“Go for an adventure. If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.”