Authentic Leaders are Self-Aware

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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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Coach the Inner Core.
Lead from the Inside Out.

Reflection, Inner Core, Values, Purpose, Coaching, Leadership Development, Assessments, Relationship, Secure Environment, Non-Judgement, Communication, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

A coaching colleague of mine and I recently spent an afternoon examining, brainstorming, and developing meaningful leadership curriculum for a cohort of successful leaders who are dedicating a year to build their leadership capacity. Already successful technical leaders, our question is – how do we assist them in learning the value of reflecting on who […]

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The Inner Core of Leadership

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I have been reflecting a lot and in conversation with coaching colleagues lately on what it takes to build and maintain your inner core. What does it take to build and maintain your inner core? We know that maintaining your inner core is essential for aligned Sustainable Leadership. Sustainable Leadership: A leadership approach that is […]

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Strengths and The Inner Game of Leadership

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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?

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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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Do Obligations Compete? 
What is Immunity to Change?

Competing Commitments,Immunity to Change,Strengths,Weaknesses,StrengthsFinder,Leadership Coach,Diana Gabriel

Yesterday, I was coaching a very gifted and talented leader who, across all four domains, has strengths that are a perfect fit for where the organization has been over the last eighteen months. This leader delivered high performance and had success with their charge during these eighteen months. Now, the organizational needs have shifted because of this […]

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It Takes Courage to Claim Your Strengths

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Knowing and claiming my strengths has been a process of becoming more self-aware. While working with a coach over the years, I’ve learned how to manage my strengths and learned their full power and potential. I believe it takes courage and confidence to share with others what you are really, really good at, without shame […]

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Where Do I Focus: My Strengths or My Weaknesses?

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Two of my top strengths, Activator and Command, made perfect sense to me but over the years had been identified as problematic behaviors in some of my performance reviews. I felt ‘different’ and ‘misunderstood’. I was often coached or counseled by colleagues to stop those behaviors, to be more passive, to adopt a low profile […]

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Discovering Your Strengths

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I, like most people throughout my life, had a poor sense of what my true strengths were. I thought my strengths were the things I was good at. But that belief was shaped by or reinforced by the feedback of others – what others said I was good at. The very first time I took […]

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Boost Personal Growth : Trust in the Future

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Recently I have received coaching from two different coaches. Within the same week they both gave me a journaling assignment, much like the one suggested in my previous blog (link). They framed their assignments with different questions and when I started writing they did not seem similar. As I kept journaling, epiphanies started to emerge […]

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