Episode 046: The Experience of Leadership with Stan GibsonNov 09, 2023
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In episode 46, we have the privilege of speaking with Stan Gibson, an accomplished business consultant, executive coach, author and speaker. With over 35 years of experience working with executives and teams across diverse industries, Stan has a wealth of insights to share on leadership.
In his role as a consultant and success coach, Stan's approach stands out, bolstered by multiple coaching certifications, extensive research on wellbeing, and a strong network. His rich experience includes over 15 years dedicated to neuro and physiological research to understand human behavior and potential.
Stan believes great leadership starts with self-leadership. He advocates "doubling down on you" by pursuing self-awareness and taking care of your own well-being. Assessments like StrengthsFinder and Enneagram reveal natural talents and potential blind spots. Consciously developing daily habits around proper sleep, nutrition, and exercise help manage stress and lead from an authentic place.
Stan explains that effective leaders act as coaches by asking questions, listening, and drawing out the strengths of their team. They collaborate rather than command. He shares an example where a company replaced all managers with coaches, improving employee engagement and retention dramatically.
Stan learned this "people-centric leadership" early in his career from a football coach who involved players in co-creating strategy. Their team went from winning just one game to becoming national champions in one year.
For modern leaders, Stan prescribes frequent one-on-one meetings to show employees you care about their lives in and outside of work. He says people don't care what you know until they know how much you care. This human-centered approach boosts retention, saving the high costs of turnover.
By living and leading with intention, self-awareness, and care for others, Stan believes we can all achieve breakthroughs. His insights highlight the immense value of a "people-first" approach to leadership.
Listen to this episode and unlock the secrets to becoming a more effective and compassionate leader. Your team will thank you for it.
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