CEO of SNG Enterprises, LLC, and Professor at Walden University.
Dr. Nat’e Guyton is the CEO of SNG Enterprises, LLC, and Professor at Walden University. She is a dynamic and compelling keynote speaker, entrepreneur, author, real estate investor, registered nurse, advocate, mentor, and advisor on leadership, mentorship, trust, and high performance. Nat’e has won numerous awards, including the John L. Geoghehan Leadership Award. Guyton holds a Doctorate in Management, a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and well as several leadership and clinical certifications. She resides in Delaware with her husband and two children.
Tell us what your greatest personal challenge is, and how you’ve achieved success in spite of it.
My greatest personal challenge have been growing up in the inner city of Philadelphia without mentors or role models.
Name something that guides both your personal and professional development and helps you to regain focus during challenging times.
My faith, support from my Grandmother who raised me, and my Husband have guided me personally and professionally.
What do you believe is at the core of why women hesitate to “lean in” and pursue leadership roles where they are?
I believe fear is the reason why women hesitate to “lean in”. Fear of failure, fear of change, fear of not being enough, fear of the inability to be everything to everyone, fear of having to choose between work and family, professional and personal.
Tell us one of your greatest professional accomplishments, and why it meant so much to you?
After 5 years of attending college, completing my Doctorate while I was working full-time, taking care of two children, and being a wife. This accomplishment was the greatest thus far personally and professionally. Graduating with my doctorate at the age of 39 has been a game changer for me. This accomplishment has helped me land C-suite level jobs, and also helped me to enhance my confidence as an entrepreneur.
The world is a scary place-how do you manage fear in both your work and personal life?
My faith, helps me to deal with fear. Believe me, I do have several fears I deal with on a daily basis, however, I am reminded daily of a bible verse that says “God did not give us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2Timothy 1:7).
What do you believe will be the greatest global benefit to having more women in leadership roles?
Women are multitaskers and we happen to be very good at it. We have an instinctive ability to understand the current situation, any situation, and make decisions which are in the best interest for everyone. I believe we need balance globally; women can bring that balance.
What have you found to be the most effective way to motivate and energize your team?
Being real, true to yourself, and genuinely caring for each and every one on your team. The old saying is true….they don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. I am invested in the work and lives of everyone around me.
What is at the “core” of your drive and work?
I am driven by sharing a life of infinite possibilities and inspiring the next generation of dreamers. If I get that right, then I’ve done my job.