In this episode, Dave is excited to welcome Lolly Daskal. Lolly is the founder and CEO of Lead from Within and is an entrepreneurial and leadership powerhouse. She is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. She contributes to everything from Harvard Business Review to INC, Fast Company, Business Insider, and a number of other outlets.
She is ranked as:
Top 17 Columnists Worth Reading on Fast Company, Inc., HBR,
Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts @Inc.com
Top 100 Leadership Speakers to Hire @Inc.com
Top 100 Trusted Business Thought Leaders of America
Top 100 Businesses and Leadership
Top 100 Leadership Blogs Top 40 Websites by and for Women in the workplace
Top 100 Must Follow on Twitter Leaders to Watch by the American Management Association
In addition she has amassed over 1 million twitter followers and has tens of thousands of others that follow her throughout other social media channels.
Her latest book is called The Leadership Gap – What Gets Between You and Greatness, in which she explores her observation that it’s not uncommon for a leader who may appear to be successful by every measure, to ultimately be pulled down by the shadow side of the very traits that made him or her successful.
The book offers a breakthrough perspective on leadership
Lolly has been helping leaders for over 3 decades. But, it wasn’t always that way. At one point, she wasn’t sure what she was going to do, but she did know that she wanted to help people. She was always curious and interested in human behavior…why people do what they do. It was a passion that she immersed herself into and began teaching workshops. It was at one of these workshops that one of the attendees came up to her and asked her if she would be interested in coaching them 1 on 1. She had never planned on that. She was doing what she loved and people were gravitating toward her.
Once she helped her first client, they began to refer her and things went from there. As she says, she never has done any marketing or advertising for her business. It has grown because she has stayed true to her passion and helping others and that has spread throughout the world over time.
Lolly’s definition of leadership?
At the 9 min mark, Lolly introduces the idea of the 7 leadership styles and her latest book The Leadership Gap. She discusses how understanding these styles and their shadows can help you, but also limit your greatness, if you are not aware of how the impact you and those around you.
There are 2 polarities to each part of who we are. It’s not good or bad, but we need to leverage both our strengths and weaknesses and the key to this is awareness of self.
Lolly’s model is built on an acronym she calls RETHINK, which describes the different leadership archetypes and both sides of them:
Are we one archetype or are we multiple?
We are the sum of all our parts. Any entrepreneur that you see out there today has to be one of these archetypes at different times. Lolly uses Elon Musk as a good example of how at different times, he will be all types. It is the same for each one of us as leaders.
How do we use the RETHINK model to help ourselves or people we work with?
At the 28 min mark, Lolly walks through an entire archetype and how we can look at ourselves and coach ourselves through it, leveraging our gaps.
Capabilities + Competence = Confidence
Are leaders born or created? And where should they start to grow themselves as a leader?
It’s a combination of both. Some have natural qualities, others want to create greatness in the world and need to be groomed. Both have to get into their heart and ask themselves what they want to accomplish and are they willing to make it about others and not themselves? We have a ton of books that tell us the how, so the place to start is “who are you?” What drives you? Become clear on yourself and who you truly are and want to be. Only then can you really make huge strides in the “how.”
What is one characteristic or trait that all leaders should strive to possess?
Heart! Anything that comes from the heart has good intentions. Leaders need to get out of their heads and into their hearts. How do you do it all?
How do you setup your life for success?
Advice to help grow your audience?
Best Quote: Greatness is not a destiny that is only available to few. It is a choice that is available to everyone.
Lolly's Misfit 3: