On this episode, we speak to Zechariah Legendary, Nursing Home Administrator at Lion Care Services.
Topics discussed include:
– Zechariah’s journey into long-term care, inspired by his mentors and personal experiences.
– Focusing on leading by example and staying calm amid chaos.
– The role of vulnerability in leadership, influenced by Zechariah’s mother and grandmother.
– A chance encounter that led Zechariah to pursue a career in Long-Term Care Administration.
– The profound sense of purpose in his work — turning colleagues and residents into family.
– His multifaceted role — a combination of social worker, firefighter, accountant and more.
– Embracing challenges and growth within the chaos of long-term care.
– The value of chaos as a catalyst for personal and professional development.
– Zechariah’s thirst for challenges, high-stress situations and meeting new people.
– His dedication to supporting team members in achieving their goals.
Tell me about your growth process and leadership style.
Lead by example. Communicate with everyone and watch how to get the job done. You can’t tell people what to do. You can show them what to do.
What’s the biggest challenge or the hardest thing for you to learn?
How to continue to operate in chaos, even though it might not seem like chaos. You can have many things going on and everybody’s watching you. So you’ve really got to just stay calm, and just tackle everything one at a time, one task at a time.
Where did you learn to be vulnerable?
I learned to be vulnerable from my mother and my grandma. I learned from being around them and having them constantly talking to me and expressing themselves. They didn’t allow me to get away with saying, “I’m okay. I’m alright. It’s fine.”
How did you get into long-term care?
I got into long-term care by complete luck. There was a job fair at the University of South Florida that I went to. I learned about being a long-term care administration major, which prepares you to be a nursing home administrator. I was spending a lot of time with my grandparents, so I was already doing it on a small scale. That got me started.
What have you learned about yourself working in long-term care?
I learned that I don’t quit. I learned that I like challenges. I learned that I like high stress. I like chaos. Chaos is good because chaos makes you grow. If there’s no chaos, I don’t think you’re going to grow because you’re too comfortable.
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