Authentic Leaders Engender Trust

Authentic, Authentic Leader, Self-Aware, Trust, Respect, Humility, Awareness, Connection, Value, Seek Feedback, Listen, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

Being self-aware is not enough to be seen as authentic and to engender trust. I’ve learned this the hard way over the years. Through using the Strengths Strategy model and becoming self-aware through my Strengths lens, I’ve been inundated with insights on dimensions of my Strengths that I now recognize I need to monitor and […]

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Authentic Leaders are Self-Aware

Authenticity, Legacy, Authentic Leader, Self-Aware, Confident Vulnerability, Awareness, Self-Improvement, Values, Vision, Affirmations, Assessment, Development Tools, Habits, Practices, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

When I reflect on Authenticity I think of the retirement celebration I attended for someone who had worked in the same office for 38 years. She experienced many obstacles, challenges and adversity in leadership during those 38 years, always handling everything with integrity and courage. Throughout the celebration I heard over and over again how […]

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The Pursuit of Authenticity

Authentic Self, Authentic Leader, Core Self, Purpose, Unique, Leadership, Qualities, Good Leader, Authenticity, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

My journey to realizing and claiming my authentic self, my voice, has felt like a bumpy and difficult process because I relied so much on feedback from others. I often felt misunderstood or that my authentic self was not okay — was there was something wrong with me? Then I came to learn about and […]

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Coach the Inner Game. Do You Lead with the Right Stuff?

Inner Game, Leadership Development, Core Values, Character, Strengths, Focused Attention, No Judgment, Observe Behavior, Nonjudgmental Partner, Know Your Strengths, Develop Strengths Intelligence, Know Yourself, Self-Awareness, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

How does one’s character develop? We commonly think of character development as deriving from things like early childhood experiences, modeling by important adults in our lives, the environment and culture in which we were raised, school and our religious affiliations – along with our free will. As I dive deeper into my personal strengths, I see […]

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Strengths and The Inner Game of Leadership

Inner Game, Leadership Development, Core Values, Character, Strengths, Values, Courage, Conviction, Reflection, Wisdom, Self-Knowledge, Social Intelligence, Solid Personal Values, Know Your Strengths, Develop Strengths Intelligence, Know Yourself, Self-Awareness, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

My coaching practice focuses on ‘who you are as a leader’ vs ‘what you do as a leader’. There are many talented consultants, workshops and webcasts that are completely focused on ‘what you do as a leader’ – focused on the bottom line. In my 16 years of coaching leaders I’ve found that, while you […]

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Why Know Your Strengths?

Self-Knowledge, Feedback, Unique Contribution, Personal Career Passion, Sustain Career Passion, Loss of Career Passion, Values and Purpose, Innate Strengths, Core Strengths, Acquired Strengths, Purpose, Coaching for Passion, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership

I was reminded, again, during a conversation with a friend and colleague of how we each have a unique constellation of strengths that show up and work together to be in service of the greater good for all. Each of you bring a unique constellation of strengths to contribute in service of your dream. Your […]

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Mining for Passion

Personal Career Passion, What’s Next, Sustain Career Passion, Loss of Career Passion, Midlife Crisis, Values and Purpose, Innate Strengths, Core Strengths, Acquired Strengths, Purpose, Coaching for Passion, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership

All too often I meet with people who have unconsciously fallen into living their life on automatic pilot, doing what is expected of them because they feel obligated. It’s easy to forget what brings us joy and satisfaction in our work and our life. People talk about feeling trapped or stuck in their professions. We […]

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Personal Passion : Exploring ‘What’s Next?’

Personal Career Passion, What’s Next, Sustain Career Passion, Loss of Career Passion, Midlife Crisis, Purpose, Coaching for Passion, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership

You wake up one day and feel like you’re in a dead zone. You’re going through the motions, doing what is expected of you, doing the ‘right thing’ but not feeling the satisfaction that you once did. You panic a bit and ask, now what? This gradual and insidious loss of passion or purpose in […]

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Leadership and the Conflict Blind Spot

Leadership Blind Spots, Conflict Blind Spot, Conflict, Toxic Behaviors, Strengths, Strengths Intelligence, Coaching, Sustainable Leadership, Diana Gabriel

Conflict offers such a ripe place for our blind spots to hide. Through the strengths lens our blind spots can appear in different forms. For example, in my top ten strengths I have Command, Self-Assurance and Activator so I am comfortable with conflict and I don’t shy away from naming issues or calling people out. […]

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Values and Strategy : 2 More Common Blind Spots

Five Core Values, Leadership Blind Spots, Empowered Choice, Cognitive Dissonance, Values blind spots, Strategy blind spots, encourage input, culture of trust, Walk the Talk, Sustainable Leadership, Diana Gabriel

One of the foundations of my coaching with clients begins with identifying their five core values – the values you typically assume you know. In my 16 years of coaching I have met very few people who have ever consciously participated in a contemplative exercise to examine what provides meaning and purpose in their life and […]

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