Exploring Leadership – Anne Stevens

Exploring Leadership – Anne Stevens

In this episode of Exploring Leadership (Interface, International Leadership Association, www.ila-net.org), Kathryn Goldman Schuyler interviews Anne Stevens, arguably the most influential woman ever in the U.S. auto industry. As Ford Motor Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Americas, Stevens’ leadership helped Ford survive a troubling time for the auto industry in the 2000s. Her work led Motor Trend magazine to name Stevens to its annual “Power List” of the 50 most powerful people in the auto industry and Fortune magazine to include her among their most powerful women in corporate America. Anne’s lifelong love of cars and racing as well as her deep interest in quality as it relates to factory management principles (she knew W. Edwards Deming personally) served her well during her tenure at Ford. After leaving Ford, she became CEO of a UK-based global engineering company. In this interview, she shares her experiences with leading in male-dominated industries — and what’s important to her in life.