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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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Mar 30, 2020

For those who are having to shelter in place, here are five key principles to keep in mind to help you with leading through this moment.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. The first principle is to manage your mind.
  2. Be able to fail while being seen – it’s a superpower.
  3. Innovate and solve, don’t shut down and fret.
  4. Fourth is serving.
  5. Just keep working. Keep showing up.

Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Mar 23, 2020

Everybody who is willing to develop a plan and create certainty for themselves and others will come out of this knowing more, learning more, and connecting more than the people who want to believe this is unfair and who want to find someone to blame.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. "Leadership is making decisions when there’s no right answer.” ~ Kris
  2. Ideas will flow when you surround yourself with people who want to stimulate forward action.
  3. “Your certainty as a leader will come from your mind. It does not come from your circumstance.” ~ Kris
  4. “Own your success so you can own your future success.” ~ Kris
  5. "If you give away your past success as luck, you don’t accept ownership for what you can create.” ~ Kris

Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Mar 17, 2020

Times are crazy right now! You're in charge even though you think you have no idea what you're doing. You want there to be a manual somewhere to help you with mandates, employee fears, and ambiguity.

Never fear. This special episode introduces you to a resource for navigating these uncharted waters you find yourself in.

Mar 16, 2020

In order to build a team performance culture, you have to have a mindset around why you are adding people to your business that supports what you’re trying to do in the long term. Your culture is not driven from the bottom up. It’s driven from you down.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. How knowing your vision, values and expectations comes into play.
  2. The definition of “performance culture” according to Kris.
  3. How the culture you have with your team is a direct result of your own thinking about the team.
  4. Hiring people who are better than you doesn’t mean to give them free reign.
  5. A key turn is going from “I’m hiring someone to work for me” to “I’m hiring someone to get results for me and to help me scale and think.”
  6. Your assignment after listening to this podcast – write down how you would describe your team culture and why it is that way.
  7. Then, if you would want it to be different than it is – what would you want it to be? Why? And what are the thoughts you need to believe about team members that will get you there?

Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Mar 9, 2020

Kris talks with Michelle Arant, the Operations Director of Kris Plachy Coaching.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. Michelle joined the team in October 2019 and talks about her experience and what led her to become a coach.
  2. The role Michelle plays at Kris Plachy Coaching.
  3. A little bit about Michelle’s clients and the industries they come from.
  4. Some of the topics Michelle has recently been working on with her clients.
  5. About the twelve-week program called The Founder’s Lab Foundations.

Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Mar 2, 2020

What is the wake you leave behind? How do others experience you? What is your brand as a leader? Do you even know? When you understand yourself and how you affect others, you can be so much more impactful as a leader. It doesn’t mean you have to change, but making conscious choices about how you make decisions and interact with others can be a superpower.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. What do people think about when they think about you?
  2. We all have habits, behaviors or expressions that are not helping our presence. Are you keeping those parts about you around out of spite - or out of fear because you don’t know how to change it?
  3. Power of voice. Power of presence. Power of appearance.
  4. Spend some time this week paying attention to yourself.
  5. Your presence is a silent asset.
  6. Don’t contrive or fake it. Be conscious and tap into your superpowers.

Visit: The Lead Your Team Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

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