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3 Best Practices for Leadership: Q&A with Jim Gillece, Senior VP of Human Capital Management at AlliedBarton

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Fri, Apr 15, 2011 @ 10:29 AM


Jim Gillece will chair the final judging committee for the human resources awards categories of The 2011 American Business Awards. April 27 is the final entry deadline for this year's ABAs.

Jim GilleceWhat are your top tips on best practices in Leadership?
At AlliedBarton Security Services we are strong believers in the culture of leadership, and three ways we encourage this are:

Mentoring: Those who have worked their way up to management or executive positions are encouraged to reach out and help others do the same. 

Training: Organizations that value leadership at all levels ensure that development opportunities are available for employees at all levels. Our front line employees and security officers complete voluntary training because they want to increase their knowledge and further their careers.

Recognition Programs: Employees must know what is expected of them and know that their company will support them as they perform their duties. If you have well-trained, empowered, and engaged employees, you will have satisfied customers who keep coming back.  

What item of news recently caught your eye and why?
Japan's earthquake and tsunami. I continue to be impressed by the global outpouring of assistance to this nation for the devastating losses it has suffered. I have also observed the unique role played by social media and technology in communication, relief, and response to this disaster.     

If you could choose another profession, what would it be?
I would be involved in some sort of nonprofit organization that could help provide more opportunities for children with autism or developmental disabilities.

What quality or qualities do you most value in your business associates?
Integrity, organization, and tenacity.

What do you think is the worst bad habit to have at work?
Saying “Yes” to everything, and procrastination.

As someone at the top of your profession, what keeps you inspired or makes you hit the ground running in the morning?
I really enjoy and am challenged by what I do, but I feel there is much more that needs to be improved and accomplished. Our security officers protect and secure the families and employees of our clients every single day. It is an honor to facilitate processes and programs for our “Everyday Heroes.” 

About Jim Gillece
Jim Gillece joined AlliedBarton Security Services in 2006 as Vice President, Learning and Organizational Effectiveness.  He was appointed Senior VP of Human Capital Management in 2007. Gillece oversees all human capitalmanagement including learning and development, organizational effectiveness, human resources, compensation, benefits, and recruitment.

Before joining AlliedBarton Security Services, Gillece worked for nine years at Pfizer, Inc., first as Specialty Division Manager in Union, Kentucky; then as Director, Global Leadership Education and Development in New York City, where he was responsible for the leader-of-leaders education level at Pfizer.

About AlliedBarton Security Services
AlliedBarton Security Services is a provider of highly trained, responsive security personnel. More than 50,000 employees and 100 offices provide security for several thousand clients in many industries, including approximately 200 Fortune 500 companies. AlliedBarton has been recognized by Training magazine, ASTD, Corporate University Xchange, Leadership Excellence, and the American Business Awards, among others. For more information visit

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