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Leading The Way As we rise into leadership roles, it’s not always easy to navigate the leadership path. After all, there are as many leadership traits as there are leaders. LKN Woman talks to area leaders in the hope that we can learn from each other’s successes and failures in confronting leadership challenges. DOCTORS LINDSAY MONTGOMERY (left) & KARA LEMBO, Lembo Montgomery Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Sisters Kara Lembo and Lindsay Montgomery didn’t have to look far for a role model when it came to leadership. Growing up in northern Michigan, theirs resided under their roof: it was their father, Dr. John J Scherer, who practiced dentistry himself for 35 years. “He not only modeled for us how hard work will result in a successful practice, he also taught us to believe in ourselves and our abilities,” they recall with obvious love and admiration.

THEIR DEFINITION OF

LEADERSHIP:

“Leadership is being a good role model. It’s shepherding others toward their goals in a positive way so that they obtain successful results. It is being a strong-willed and dedicated person who others will look up to for strength, guidance, and a vision to success.” Photography By: Chelsea Bren

FIRST JOBS:

Life AS A

Leader

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Kara: dental assistant Lindsay: dock attendant FIRST LEADERSHIP POSITION:

Kara: business owner Lindsay: director of

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Their father’s example made it clear to Kara and Lindsay what kind of leader they wanted to be. “For us,” the sisters explain, “being a good leader means being a good example to others. It means setting a high standard of accountability for ourselves that others can observe and emulate. It means being the kind of person who others will want to follow.” And because their father provided a model for what a good team looked and felt like, the sisters have excelled in building a team of their own. Though they took different paths to get there (Kara operated a practice in Detroit and Lindsay served in the U.S. Navy as a general dentist), as the owners of Lembo Montgomery Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, they now have a team of 12 employees who are not only committed to the practice, but to a high level of achievement and to their common goal: “Happy team, happy patients! That’s our motto,” the sisters agree. “We work with an amazing group of ladies. They strive to make everyone successful, not just themselves.” Doctors Lembo and Montgomery, though, are only human, and their path to leadership has not always been a straight one—there have been challenges as well as successes. But like all great leaders, they understand that missteps can be turned into opportunities. “We wouldn’t even call them mistakes,” they assert. “We would call them learning experiences. Each of those experiences has given us more strength to become better at the next level!”

dental clinic on Marine Corps base CAREER HIGHLIGHT:

Kara/Lindsay: Operating

Lembo Montgmery with my sister!

WHEN I PUNCH OUT:

Kara/Lindsay: We spend

time with family

I WISH I HAD MORE TIME TO:

Kara/Lindsay: Take more

personal time

IN THREE WORDS, I AM:

Kara: determined, caring, persistent Lindsay: compassionate, happy, motivated

Lake Norman Woman September 2017  

Lake Norman Woman September 2017

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