An exclusive Tech Tribune Q&A with Matt Tresidder (co-founder and CEO) of Leadr, which was honored in our 2022 Best Tech Startups in Plano
Tell us the origin story of Leadr – what problem were you trying to solve and why?
As a 29-year old manager of 130 employees, I learned the value of the top performer. One employee, in particular, stood out to me. He had a will to improve, a connection to the mission, and empathy for our customers. I knew if I had 50 more people like this, we would win.
I began to try and screen for these intrinsic qualities in the interview process. Yet, even with an updated hiring process and an idea of the qualities which made for a high-impact employee, I kept getting disappointed. I would assume the best but only succeed with one out of 10 hires. The other nine were decent team members, yet they weren’t yearning to grow or improve, and this lack of desire hurt the business. We needed innovation and engagement from all levels and never got it from most of the staff.
When I think about an audacious problem worth solving, I think about the 90% I could never seem to reach consistently.
At Leadr, we’re building a new kind of people development software that empowers managers with the tools they need to develop leaders at all levels of the organization. Could the right people development software change the culture of an organization by engaging with the 90%? We’re going to find out.