Steve Landers Sr. On His Lessons Learned Before Leaving the Lot

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 12:00 am  

Steve Landers

Probably not listening. I probably talked when I should have listened. But I’ve learned from my mistakes. The more mistakes you make and then get yourself out of them, the better you learn. I try to give these young guys the benefit of my experience from the mistakes I’ve made, so it helps them bypass some of those errors.

So younger workers can learn from your mistakes?

Yes, they can. I take more of a coaching role. I still work deals with customers. I still take care of the day-to-day stuff with my son Scott. When he has a problem, he can come to me. I guess I’m a sounding board for him now. I’ve been doing this for 43 years. It’s time to start passing the torch to him. He’s clearly qualified because he’s done it on a daily basis.

What was the best decision you ever made?

To buy the Toyota store back in 2003, because it’s been the No. 1 store in the South for several years. Scott was young then. My oldest son and I started it, and Scott came along and got more experience, and now he’s running it. Steve Jr. designed the store. It’s really a first-class operation.



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