W.L. Gore & Associates 
Intermediate level

Creating space

A leadership approach that generates followership
Friday, Nov. 8 Location Code
8:00am-12:00pm Randolph 3, East Tower, Concourse Level FW/07

Learn about six different forms of space creation and the benefits of it in creating followership and engaged, and successful teams. Attendees will walk away with a new awareness of their thoughts behind their behavior, and a greater ability to adjust their approach to the benefit of empowering the teams they lead.


Bill Gore, founder of W.L. Gore & Associates, asserted that leadership is defined by followership. And with this foundational understanding he created a highly successful company with a top-rated corporate culture. Simon Sinek has similarly defined leadership the same way. So how does one assess followership, and more importantly, how does a leader create it? Discover some answers through exploration of materials on the topic, through role play and discussion. Hear about the value of self-awareness and the ability to be conscious of our thoughts behind our actions. This space creation is in part what meditation provides and what Stephen Covey talked about when he suggested we hit the pause button between stimulus and reaction. And, space creation is found in the work of Bruce D. Schneider and his Energy Leadership Index where higher levels of energy create perspective that enables wisdom and influence (followership).


W.L. Gore & Associates is a technology-driven global company built on entrepreneurial innovation, integrity, and teamwork. Its diverse portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Gore's global teams bring together extensive knowledge and collaborate closely to create and deliver products that solve complex problems and perform in the most demanding environments. By using proprietary technologies with the versatile polymer polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), Gore has developed and sells products for medical implants; fabric laminates; and cable, filtration, sealant, membrane, venting and fiber technologies for diverse industries.

Presenters: Brett Larson / Murray Andress

Brett Larson is the product operations leader for the GORE® TAG® Thoracic Endoprosthesis at W.L. Gore & Associates. He has been a practicing six sigma black belt implementing lean manufacturing systems for 25 years. In 2018, Larson became a certified professional coach. His focus is in leadership development, helping leaders develop the soft skills that are the source of great leadership, centered on personal growth and self-awareness that creates followership for leaders, producing high-performing teams. Larson has a BS degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA degree from the University of Colorado. 

Murray Andress is the manufacturing technical leader at W.L. Gore & Associates. He is known for his leadership skills and his support of the development of numerous engineers at Gore into deeper and broader commitments, contributing to the success of the company. Andress has a BA degree in history from the University of Arizona and a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Arizona University.