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The Weedsmith Series

What Makes a Good Leader: The Weedsmith with Taylor Blake

On this week’s episode of The Weedsmith, we welcome Taylor Blake to the show! To kick us off, Taylor, associate producer of the Emerald Cup, speaks to how respect plays a huge role in great leadership. The Weedsmith runs Wednesdays on Grasslands LinkedIn and Instagram pages.


Ricardo Baca:

You are listening to The Weedsmith, a show about modern cannabis thought leadership. Today I am thankful to be sitting across from Taylor Blake.
Taylor, what, in your opinion, makes for a good leader? Not in cannabis, but just in general.

Taylor Blake:

In my experience, what makes for a really good leader is someone that you respect and you really want to work for. We’ve all had bosses in our past that we haven’t enjoyed working for, and it makes your motivation less than it would be working for someone that you really respect.
I used to work at a bar in Virginia Beach a long time ago and that was the first boss that I ever had. I wanted to work super-hard because I wanted to please him, you know? And not because he put that pressure on me, but he would be the last one there, he would be the first one there, he would put his heart and soul into stuff.
So it kind of put that mentality to me that I didn’t want to disappoint him. I think that, when you have that respect from your employees, then they’re gonna work super-hard for you, because they really respect you.