Profiles in Diversity: Josiah Enos

May 10, 2024

Get to Know Noodle Marketing & Enrollment Learning & Development Specialist, Josiah Enos

“Empathy guides me in understanding and connecting with the individuals I lead.”

Josiah Enos is an Enrollment Learning & Development Specialist at Noodle. Originally from South Korea but raised in Warwick, Rhode Island, he received his education at Calvin University where he majored in Political Science and Strategic Communications. Josiah shares that his own experiences as a prospective student and going through the admissions process led him to wanting to work in education. Now here at Noodle, he supports his team by utilizing empathy and collaboration to ensure everyone can thrive. 

What elements or traits does a great leader exhibit?

I believe that great leaders possess a diverse array of qualities that contribute to their effectiveness. While these attributes may vary, there are certain common themes I’ve observed. One of the most significant qualities I admire in leaders is their ability to be exceptional listeners. They are quick to seek feedback and insights from others, rather than solely relying on their own perspectives. Additionally, I believe that great leaders have a remarkable capacity to uplift those around them— empowering others to unlock their full potential.

When you think of great leadership who comes to mind and why?

When I think of great leadership my father comes to mind (cop out, I know). But I can truly say with full conviction that he is one of the greatest leaders I’ve had the opportunity to observe. He has the ability to juggle a million responsibilities at once, help develop a family of 11, and  mentor countless other individuals.  These are just a few of the many things he has done and continues to do. The lessons he taught me throughout my life have continued to shape and define who I am today. He has always taken accountability–regardless of the outcome– and the integrity he possesses is something I will continue to strive to meet. 

How has your personal leadership style evolved? 

It’s interesting how our perspectives on leadership evolve over time. When I was younger, I used to think that being a leader meant having the power to make decisions and getting your way. While there’s some truth to that, I’ve come to realize the significance of collaboration in leadership. In my opinion, true leadership involves working closely with others and getting to know those you’re leading. This people-centric approach to leadership is something I’m continuously refining.  It’s become increasingly important to me as I grow and develop as a leader.

What is it about your background or career experiences that successfully positioned you for your role at Noodle? Describe that role.

Having worked exclusively in higher education, with a focus on admissions for the majority of my career, I’ve gained valuable insights into relationship-building, communication skills, and brand representation. My roles have provided me with opportunities to lead trainings, develop resources, and ensure the delivery of quality work. These experiences have been instrumental in preparing me for my initial role as an Enrollment Advisor at Noodle, as well as my current position as a Learning and Development Specialist.

How do you support the success of your team?

In my role as an M&E Learning and Development (L&D) Specialist, I have the opportunity to support the success of the team through collaboration with the other L&D Specialists as we create training, processes, and new resources for M&E. With so many moving parts, I’ve found myself relying more and more on proactive communication as this allows me to quickly identify where I can support the mission of our team. 

Describe how your career has been enhanced by exposure to diverse people, places or experiences.

In my previous role as an International Admissions Coordinator at Calvin University, I was responsible for overseeing the recruitment of students from Asia, Oceania, Europe, as well as all international students studying within the United States. One of the aspects I cherished most about this role was the opportunity to connect with students from diverse backgrounds all over the world. Reading their essays and learning about their unique stories left a profound impact on me.

At Noodle, I’ve had the privilege of serving in leadership roles for the API Noodlers’ Employee Resource Group. This experience has allowed me to further immerse myself in different cultures and traditions—as well as explore a variety of new foods across Asia!

What are some of the most effective tools in your leadership arsenal?

The greatest tool in my leadership arsenal is definitely empathy. Empathy guides me in understanding and connecting with the individuals I lead. Empathy fosters trust, strengthens relationships, and creates a supportive environment where everyone feels valued and understood. I can help anticipate my team’s needs, recognize their strengths and weaknesses, and provide the support and guidance they require to thrive. With empathy as my guiding principle, I hope to inspire and empower others  to reach their full potential while fostering a culture of collaboration and inclusivity.

Please tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised to learn.

I am one of eleven kids in my family! 

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