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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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Feb 3, 2020

Being able to delegate properly is a superpower. Here’s a short checklist to help you master that skill.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. A short delegation checklist.
  2. Determine if the job or task is tactical or strategic.
  3. Write it out. Here’s what I want done. Here’s the result I want. Be specific.
  4. The three steps to properly assigning a task to someone.
  5. Why follow up is essential.
  6. The importance of giving feedback.

Visit: The How to Lead Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Jan 27, 2020

Would you say that you’re mature – entrepreneurially? Are you willing to understand, confront and acknowledge everything about your business – without emotion? If not, here are some tips for stepping into your maturity.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. The importance of developing maturity in these five relationship areas.
  2. Your relationship with Money - what do you tell yourself about money today?
  3. Time – what’s your relationship with Time?
  4. Your Team and Your Business – the relationship.
  5. Who You Are – you as a business owner have your own thoughts, beliefs and feelings.
  6. Entrepreneurial maturity is a journey not a final destination. You never arrive.

Visit: The How to Lead Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Jan 20, 2020

Are you frustrated in your business because your employees don’t do what they need to do? With these primary tenets in place, holding employees accountable becomes simple math.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. Some of the tools that we’ll be using in my Founder’s Lab this year.
  2. The importance of having and sharing your business vision.
  3. How to identify your top three values.
  4. Why leading with behavior expectations instead of managing to rules is so important.
  5. How to create your business manifesto.
  6. Where employee goals and benchmarks come in.

Visit: The How to Lead Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Jan 13, 2020

What are the most common feelings you have every day at work? Frustration? Disappointment? Let me show you why the solution lies in “math” and how you can take the emotion out of that equation.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. Performance is not an opinion – it’s based in facts.
  2. The exercise that will help you identify the problem and address it.
  3. Why having clear expectations is so important.

Visit: The How to Lead Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Jan 6, 2020

“Managing” is not very sexy, but management is what gets it done in your business. Kris shares 10 “truths” about entrepreneurial management so you can be aware of them, accept them and move on.

What you'll find in this episode:

  1. Leading isn’t required to manage, but managing is required to lead.
  2. How you go, so it goes.
  3. You’ve got to grow or die.
  4. It’s not supposed to be fun.
  5. People will leave you, and you will leave them.
  6. Communication is everything.
  7. No one will ever care as much as you do.
  8. Every year is a new year.
  9. Entrepreneurial management is a relationship, not a job.
  10. You are not alone.

Visit: The How to Lead Podcast for show notes and available downloads.

© 2019 Kris Plachy

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