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Leadership is Feminine

For most women, when we are invited to study leadership the teachers, scholars, authorities and models are primarily… men. We are indoctrinated from the time we are born that men are the leaders and that natural male characteristics are the strengths you must also possess to be a good leader. Powerful. Strong. Authoritative. Direct. Assertive. Decisive. These and so many more are attributes that are typically associated with the male model of a leader. And so, for the better part of the last one hundred years as women have made their way into the fold, in a variety of leadership roles, we have learned and studied to walk the way of a men to achieve success. Women dismiss their own knowing because we’ve been so indoctrinated in male leadership models. We dismiss what we know for what others tell us to be and how to be seen. There is another way to lead. To be in alignment. To not feel like an imposter. It’s time for the reimagining of leadership. That’s not to disparage any of the progress that has come before us. Progress is progress. For those of us who stand in the footsteps of the women who came before us we are here because of their courage, bravery and resilience. I wonder instead if women equally looked to the characteristics they learned from their mothers for leadership. I wonder if we were taught to lean on different qualities to drive success. I wonder what might happen then? The traditional qualities of mothering are communication, nurturing, listening, strength, support, grace, and yes… love. What if to be the best leader you can be as a woman, you integrated the best of both? This is how women will stand with integrity in their role as leaders. As women, we can be assertive, direct, powerful, and authoritative but we need not only rely on those attributes for success. After 25 years of watching and studying leaders, I can tell you that for sure many traditional male attributes are effective in the short run, but they typically only serve a few. Whereas, when leadership is feminine. When the leader possesses the strengths of femininity and grace the results are for all. This podcast is my like my gentle request and invitation to my fellow female leaders that we reclaim the world leadership as one that is a feminine definition. That we continue to work with all of our allies to build organizations and systems that include more support, collaboration, grace and communication. And that we do so not because we are uncomfortable with the more traditional male-dominating models, but because we truly do know that leadership is a feminine strength and attribute. And the world needs more of us leading. Now more than ever.
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Sep 30, 2019

Being able to give feedback for a female entrepreneur is not negotiable. You HAVE to get good at this. Here is what your responsibility is and a few tools to help you improve at this critical skill.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. Your only responsibility in regard to feedback is just to give it.
  2. Don’t give it when you’re angry or don’t have all the information yet, and don’t base it on other people’s opinions.
  3. Step one – be direct and teacher-like.
  4. Step two - engage them and get them to talk. Determine if it’s a mindset issue or a skill set issue.
  5. Advice on what to do with new employees.
  6. Third step – now you must transition into performance conversations (we'll talk about this in another episode).
  7. Another reason why getting good at feedback is super powerful for a female entrepreneur.
  8. The goal of feedback is to give someone perspective that will help them change their performance so they get a different and better result.

© 2019 Kris Plachy

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Produced by Podcast Prowess

Sep 23, 2019

Kris talks with Kim Hall, founder of Physio2U, the largest in-home physical therapy company in Western Canada. As a trained physical therapist, Kim has worked hard to develop her business acumen and her leadership and entrepreneur skills.

What you'll find in this episode:

1) What Kim’s business growth has required she learn about herself.

2) Advice for those who feel they don’t have time to build out the various systems in their business that allow them to move into an overseeing role.

3) “You have to live it to give it.” – Kris

4) The unexpected thing that Kim learned.

5) Why Kim thinks it’s challenging to manage adults/professionals.

6) “Until you clear your mind and emotions of this extra stuff that we all bring, you won’t be able to be an effective manager.” – Kim 

7) “I’ve learned that other people don’t work as hard as the founder does.” – Kim 

8) “You have the choice, and you can create the life you want.” – Kim

9) “A lot of people quit because of the people part.” – Kris 

10) “Continue to dream big and imagine the life you want to create for yourself. Then make sure you create step by step goals in order to get you there.” - Kim

© 2019 Kris Plachy

Visit: KrisPlachy.com for show notes and available downloads
Email: support@leadershipcoachllc.com
Kris on Facebook
@KrisPlachy on Twitter
@krisplachycoach on Instagram
Kris on LinkedIn
Produced by Podcast Prowess

Sep 16, 2019

Leaders today are so fearful of confrontation and giving feedback that they’re not holding employees accountable. Here’s the big mistake we all make, and how to keep it from being a drag on your business.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. Accountability is your ability to account for someone else’s ability.
  2. If we, collectively, as business leaders, decided to consistently account for our employees’ ability, we would change the world.
  3. People who don’t care or want to be held accountable don’t hate you. They don’t like the transparency of witnessing their own inadequacy.
  4. Age is not related to accountability. It’s experience, and it’s the way people think.
  5. The first mistake we all make is hiring someone and assuming they’ll hold themselves accountable.
  6. Thinking about hiring someone to solve a problem is the seed of accountability. Once you know what the solution looks like, now you know the role that position must fill.
  7. Accountability is not a corporate thing – it’s a relationship thing.

© 2019 Kris Plachy

Visit: KrisPlachy.com
Email: support@leadershipcoachllc.com
Kris on Facebook
@KrisPlachy on Twitter
@krisplachycoach on Instagram
Kris on LinkedIn
Produced by Podcast Prowess

Sep 9, 2019

Gossip is “talking to anyone about anything who doesn’t have any control to solve it.” It’s destructive to your business, and here are the foundational tools you need to fix it.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. Why you have to know what your values are in your business. Listen to the previous podcast called “Entrepreneurial Values” here.
  2. The importance of setting expectations based on your values.
  3. How a company manifesto and a team book (not a policy book) can help.
  4. If you have all of that in place, and you still have an issue – you have an accountability gap.

© 2019 Kris Plachy

Visit: KrisPlachy.com
Email: support@leadershipcoachllc.com
Kris on Facebook
@KrisPlachy on Twitter
@krisplachycoach on Instagram
Kris on LinkedIn
Produced by Podcast Prowess

Sep 2, 2019

If you feel exhausted and impatient, it could be burnout. But your burnout is not because of your business. Burnout comes from your brain. Here are 5 things that are likely causing your burnout.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. Burnout comes from your brain, and your body follows your brain. What are you indulging in your mind?
  2. Another cause of burnout is lack of decisions. Kris’ coach used to say, “Do it. Dump it. Delegate it.” Right now.
  3. Burnout comes from overworking in unproductive effort.
  4. Your lack of boundaries is also another cause of burnout. You’re too available.
  5. Another, you’re buffering. Entrepreneurs use their businesses to avoid feeling things.

© 2019 Kris Plachy

Visit: KrisPlachy.com
Email: support@leadershipcoachllc.com
Kris on Facebook
@KrisPlachy on Twitter
@krisplachycoach on Instagram
Kris on LinkedIn
Produced by Podcast Prowess

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