Getting Unstuck: Becoming a Brave Leader - an Interview with Kimberly Davis

Kimberly speaking at the SMU-sponsored TEDx conference in June, 2015.

Kimberly speaking at the SMU-sponsored TEDx conference in June, 2015.

How do you show up as a leader at work (and in life)? What impact do you want and need to have to feel engaged, energized, and accomplished? In this episode, Kirsten and Jeff talk with leadership expert, Kimberly Davis, author of the best seller, Brave Leadership. We’ll learn how to show up authentically in life and at work, and how to define our “super objective” – our personal impact statement – and what can hold us back from implementing it.

Listen for:

• Why “Smart” and “Healthy” actions are both necessary for leadership and organizational success.

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• Bill George’s definition of “authenticity.”

• How being clear about the external impact you want to have is foundational to demonstrating brave leadership.

• Why leadership today is more about influence and alignment – the latter being about agreement between what we say and what we do – than it is about command and control.

• How the numbers representing achievement – e.g., sales, test scores, applause – are actually a by-product of being clear about why you do what you do – i.e., knowing the impact you want to have.

• Kimberly’s definition of bravery.

• How achieving the impact you want to have as a leader rests on having an external vs internal focus – a focus on serving some higher purpose outside of yourself.

• Why being vulnerable challenges us to our core, why it’s essential for showing authentic bravery, and how to shift it from being about us to being about others.

After Listening to the Episode:

  1. As a leader, what do people need from you to experience you as genuine, worthy of trust, reliable, and believable?

  2. If you don’t already have one, frame a personal “super objective” that defines the impact you want to have. Remember to write it using active verbs.

  3. Take an incremental step toward brave leadership: give your staff permission to try something new.

Jeff Ikler