Location: Melville, NY
Industry: Financial services
Steven F. Abbass
THE WHOLE PICTURE
Northwestern Mutual has been in business for nearly 160 years. “We build relationships with clients through a distinctive experience that offers an integrated planning approach, combining insurance and investments to achieve financial security,” says managing partner Steven F. Abbass. “We show clients their whole financial picture, helping them live their lives with confidence — without anxiety — knowing what financial security is, and what it takes to achieve it.” Northwestern Mutual’s growth has been the result of a clearly defined mission, vision and core values. “Without clarity on where we are going, it would be impossible to strive for our true potential,” says Abbass.
Quick Tip: “A great leader is not an average thinker — or doer — and is in constant pursuit of his potential.”
The experience of growing Northwestern Mutual has taught Abbass the importance of keeping the bigger picture in mind at all times. To do this, “as a team, we need to reconnect and communicate more often, while reminding each other that if we make decisions based on our values, and with our long-term vision in mind, we will be intentional about our future,” he says. “For me, I need to make sure I am strategically setting aside time to get away from the office and think ‘above the line.’” Abbass’ goal is for Northwestern Mutual to spread its mission across Long Island and New York City by increasing the company’s number of talented advisors and making sure to always put the client first.