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Date posted: 16th February 2021

16th February 2021

Stories from an Inspiring Leader – Joseph Dicianno

Stories from an Inspiring Leader – Joseph Dicianno

Joseph Dicianno, Manager, Talent Management & Organizational Development, UPMC

Joseph Dicianno has demonstrated humanity primarily through his honesty and transparency with his staff and colleagues. Especially during the major challenges experienced in 2020, these leadership qualities brought a greater sense of comfort and connection to his team. Joe has led by example in exercising authenticity during these difficult times. He realized and embraced that being ‘human’ as much more important than being ‘professional’. By role modeling his humanity, he encouraged and trusted his team to exercise authenticity, too. He supported them in finding a work-life balance that satisfied their personal needs while also fulfilling organizational and job-related expectations.

Joe was the first person on our team that challenged our existing work practices so that the team could pivot successfully during the pandemic. He championed a more flexible approach to work. He also ensured that the team was successfully using the technological tools at their disposal to their fullest. He constantly put the health and well-being of our team at the center of every workplace decision. When interacting with his team, he frequently opened space for them to share their thoughts, fears, concerns, and feelings during these difficult times. As a leader, these conversations can be uncomfortable and elicit a whole host of emotions from staff. Joe did not shy away from these conversations, but instead, leaned in. The staff continue to feel that they can trust Joe to advocate for their safety and well-being in the broadest sense; physically, emotionally, and mentally.


“Joe has been honest and transparent about his experience with the challenges we have all faced throughout 2020 and beyond. This offered comfort and connection in a way that check-ins or offers of support cannot. [He] has frequently held space for us to share all our thoughts, fears, concerns, and feelings. […] Throughout 2020, we have trusted Joe to advocate for the safety and well-being of our team and our work, in addition to doing everything he can to protect us professionally, physically, emotionally, and mentally”

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