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H ER DEF I N I TION OF LEADERSHIP:

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leadingtheway

FEATURE

An effective leader positively motivates and encourages others toward a common goal through clear communication and a foresight for the future. Setting expectations by personal example and acknowledging the hard work and progress of others is essential.”

Some people become leaders after years of practice and mindfulness. But for others, taking the reins just comes naturally, as if they were born for leading the way. Dr. Julianne Colvin is most definitely the latter. Because she was always one of the oldest in her elementary school classes, her peers looked up to her (literally!) and her teachers relied on Julianne to set a good example.

But her leadership qualities extended beyond an early birthday. “I was responsible, a quick learner, and looked out for my friends,” she recalls. However, like many good leaders, she was not afraid to explore the limits. “I recall one incident in third grade,” she explains, “when I did a gymnastics flip off the monkey bars at recess… my teacher was pretty upset by my ‘example.’” Julianne didn’t have to look far for a role model when it came to balance and leadership: it was her mother, a pharmacist in their hometown. “She raised three children under the age of 3 with more grace than I’ll ever know,” she smiles. “She was always present and intentional in our lives and set high expectations that we adopted for ourselves.” Julianne continues to look to her mother’s example as she leads her team and treats her patients. Like her mom, she strives to connect with each person she encounters. Julianne has adopted a very approachable leadership style that is based on mutual respect. “I value ideas, input, and feedback from my team to create a culture of investment and purpose. They are rock stars in their roles and want to do well. Once you give respect, you gain respect.”

julianne

colvin, DDS

CO-OWNER, FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTIST,

Crawford & Colvin Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

FIRST JOB:

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COMFORT FOOD:

Pool Lifeguard

Chips and Queso

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BEST TIME SAVER:

one thing you have in common with everyone is their best interest.

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Like all great leaders, Julianne has had her share of challenges as well as successes, and she credits her faith and perseverance for always moving her forward. “Life is not a smooth, straight path. Setbacks are inevitable and outcomes can be out of our control,” she says. “But knowing that all situations have purpose and can work together for good has proven to be my most effective tool for inspiration and success.” w

FAVORITE SNACK:

Trail mix

I WISH I HAD MORE:

Ballcap!

Quiet time!

LIFE/WORK MANTRA:

BIGGEST WORK PET PEEVE: Negativity

"It’s the little things that matter most. People always remember how you make them feel.”

or drama

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destinations (need one!) CAREER HIGHLIGHT:

Dental mission trip to Guatemala

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