JUSTINE JO­HANNES

Albuquerque Journal - - BUSINESS OUTLOOK -

Di­rec­tor of as­set se­cu­rity San­dia Na­tional Lab­o­ra­to­ries Al­bu­querque

How do you de­fine “lead­er­ship”? In­spir­ing and sup­port­ing oth­ers to achieve chal­leng­ing goals and out­comes. This is best ac­com­plished when lead­ing with de­ter­mi­na­tion, hu­mil­ity and empathy. Peo­ple work­ing to­gether with a com­mon pur­pose can do amaz­ing things, and a leader can cre­ate the en­vi­ron­ment for the team to suc­ceed.

What do you con­sider to be the top is­sue or con­cern fac­ing New Mex­ico to­day? Why? I be­lieve the high crime rate is New Mex­ico’s big­gest chal­lenge, as it threat­ens the well­be­ing of its peo­ple and its fu­ture. Cre­at­ing a safe com­mu­nity for our chil­dren and fam­i­lies to thrive is nec­es­sary to at­tract new busi­ness and tal­ent to the state.

What do you con­sider to be the top ac­com­plish­ment in the past 5 years in our state? Why? The state has made progress in the last five years by con­trol­ling spend­ing while also help­ing to in­cen­tivize busi­ness to come to New Mex­ico. There is more to do in this area, but I be­lieve we are mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

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