John Quincy Adams, the nation’s sixth president was quoted as saying that “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” In this T-Talk video AASHTO President Paul Trombino –director of the Iowa department of transportation echoes President Adams’ point of view. Trombino led a panel discussion at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting to explore ways that state DOTs can implement innovative technologies. During his opening remarks, Trombino described creativity and leadership as the keys to positive change and innovation. “A leader’s first victory is over one’s self,” said Trombino. “If you really want to drive innovation, technology, process improvement—you must have leaders building up others within your organization.” This T-Talk Video includes excerpts from Trombino’s remarks, delivered January 12, 2016, at the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.