With a multifaceted professional background, Jan Lanante has made significant contributions to the industries he’s ventured into. His journey is a testament to relentless dedication and continuous learning. Beyond his thriving career, Lanante is deeply committed to charitable work, particularly in assisting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and education graduates. Join us as we delve into the remarkable life and achievements of Jan Rae Lanante, shedding light on his diverse experiences, educational accomplishments, philanthropic endeavors, and the leadership philosophy that guides his path to success.
What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of being an OFW, and how does being a President compare?
The most challenging aspect of being an OFW is adapting to different working cultures. Similarly, being a President of an organization is also challenging as it requires patience in dealing with diverse human behaviors and attitudes.
Jan, can you provide your current status, including your achievements, location, and position, with specific details such as dates and locations?
I am currently employed as a Senior Supply Chain Analyst at Kuwait Food Co. Americana PLC in the main office located in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. I have been with the same company for over 11 years, with 10 years of service in Kuwait and 1.5 years here in the UAE.
Can you share a time when you demonstrated leadership skills at TSOK, and can you describe your leadership style?
I had the opportunity to showcase my leadership skills when TSOK faced internal leadership challenges in 2016. As the Vice President at the time, I assumed the role of Officer-in-Charge (OIC) due to internal issues. My leadership style is simple – I don’t impose my views and always consider others’ opinions in decision-making.
When and where did you take the exam, and what were the most significant obstacles you faced as a busy OFW?
I took the exam in 2016. Personally, I didn’t view my busy schedule as a significant obstacle. While it might pose challenges for some, I managed to balance my commitments effectively.
What are your mission and vision?
My personal mission is to return to the Philippines between the ages of 39 or 40 and assist the Department of Agriculture in achieving supply stability and sustainability.
What were your goals for TSOK during your tenure as President?
Our primary goal was to support and assist aspiring education graduates who had not yet passed the licensure exam (SPLE). We aimed to maximize this opportunity as a means for them to return to the Philippines as licensed professional teachers.
Could you please provide a detailed list of your accomplishments as TSOK President, including specific dates wherever possible?
I don’t have specific dates, but during my presidency, TSOK achieved several notable accomplishments, including producing topnotchers and contributing to local school programs in the Philippines (Brigade Eskwela). We provided school supplies in Camarines Sur and extended assistance to Zamboanga in 2022.
What has been the most challenging aspect of your role or position, and what has been the most rewarding?
The most challenging aspect has been finding a balance between meeting member expectations and adapting to diverse behaviors. The most rewarding part has been witnessing TSOK members successfully pass their licensure examinations.
Before your role as President, did you consider a career as a teacher?
No, I did not consider pursuing a career as a teacher.
In what subject do you consider yourself an expert?
My expertise was initially in the field of Social Studies. However, I now see myself as an expert in Supply Chain Management, as I hold certifications like CSCP and CSCM, and I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the same field.
As President of the organization, what is the most essential value or characteristic that a teacher and a leader must possess?
I believe the most essential values for a teacher and a leader are patience and dedication.
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