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Stephen T. MacConnell, president and CEO, Cincinnati Union Bethel

What is the most challenging aspect of being leader? 

I would say making strategic relationships. It’s challenging but it’s not too hard to do and I enjoy it. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

From my father, remember the values you came from. And from my mother, think of others. 

What aspects of your personality have contributed to your success?

I think I am a listener. I listen to other people and determine from their words how I can best lead. 

How do you think your employees would describe you?

I hesitate to respond to that (laughs). But I would hope they say that I lead, that I’m fair and that I’m fun. 

What aspect of your company are you most passionate about?

Definitely my staff. I think if I’m anything I’m good at hiring the right people, and once I do that, since we have the best staff in the city and the region if not the nation, I would empower those staff to move forward because they are very passionate for the women and children that we serve at Cincinnati Union Bethel. 

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

When I got in a hot air balloon, it didn’t seem crazy at the time. Until I found that I was going to be cooped up in a little basket with a guy that really seemed to have control but we were never really sure where we were going to come down and land, so that was crazy for me. 

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