My parents were my first leadership role models, and they taught me that I could do anything I set my mind to do. I believe in the sheer power of will.

That belief has helped me meet adversity with courage and a positive outlook. As a cancer survivor and a professional with 25 years’ experience in the technology industry, I believe successful leadership is all about character. I won my cancer battle because of a strong will to live and a positive attitude.

The way people pursue and achieve their goals says a lot about their character. I offer these success principles as a model for achieving goals in life:

Act With Integrity. Always be honest and open and do what is right, not what is easy. You have to be willing to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done, even when it isn’t popular.

Build Trusting Relationships. The way to build trusting relationships is by showing respect for everyone and caring about individuals. When someone brings an issue to you, think first about the people and their needs, and then consider the work. Genuinely caring about others and putting individuals first will help you build loyalty and trust.

Make a Difference. One of your greatest opportunities in life is to make a difference in the lives of others. You can do this daily by inspiring and challenging others to do their best work, believing in the intrinsic value they bring and treating everyone with respect.

Focus on The Greater Good. I work to model servant leadership by focusing on the good of our team and our business. One of the ways you can do this is by being an enabler. When you find great ideas among your team, work to help make those ideas a reality. Focus on building up the team rather than bolstering your own resume or reputation.

Make Family a Priority. Life is precious. Make your choices wisely each day, so that at the end of your life you are satisfied with the amount and quality of time you have spent with loved ones.

Keep the Faith. My foundation for all of my life lessons and perseverance is my faith. I know that having a strong faith helps me face every personal and professional challenge, stay positive and be courageous.

As you pursue your life goals, remember that your actions reflect your character.