At an extraordinary moment in history, exceptional leadership is increasingly scarce. Leadership advocate & former faculty director of Stanford Graduate School’s famed Interpersonal Dynamics course, Carole Robin rejoins Moe Abdou to explore the modern essence of leadership excellence.
The Art of Becoming a Leader
Like world-class athletes, extraordinary leaders make their work seem effortless. Whether it’s choosing to say the right thing at the right time, being steadfast with the promises they make, or making the tough decision when no one else will – the great ones always take a stand.
To the outside world, that may seem simple enough – still, it’s the grueling process of becoming a leader. It starts with the unwavering commitment that one makes to step into her own brilliance; and even more importantly, the foresight to dignify that same genius in others.
There’s never been a singular approach to leadership; however, there’s a common threat that often distinguishes those we most admire – and it always starts with people. The integrity of one’s relationships – both personally and personally, speaks to the core of the individual, and as you’ll discover during this conversation with Carole Robin, it’s a skill that requires continual refinement.
As the former faculty director of Stanford Graduate School’s famed Interpersonal Dynamics course, Carole has been working with high-performing leaders for the better part of three decades, and in her latest book – Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues – she and her Colleague, David Bradford unpack what happens when your “IQ and EQ” are synchronized.
Here’s a snapshot of what we discuss:
- This leadership moment.
- The key questions leaders at all levels should be asking themselves?
- What is an exceptional relationship?
- What happens when we stop disguising ourselves as leaders/individuals?
- What not to do during the initial phase of a professional relationship?
- Why do we give away our influence and what to do about it?
- What does it mean to meet someone where they are?
- When is humor appropriate in a professional setting?
- Can one really own his/her emotions?
- What gets in the way of acknowledging and dealing with conflict?