Leadership from the heart

Episode 393,   Jan 03, 10:00 PM

Author, Coach, Founder and CEO, of Aim to Win, Wade Thomas has over 25 years of professional experience in large and small business leadership, business strategy, and individual development.

With over 20 years of professional experience in executive human resources, leadership development, and business strategies, Wade has experienced firsthand what makes businesses work.  

Wade embraces uniqueness while challenging the status quo. He uses imagination to discover better ways to build entrepreneurs’ businesses and to help them make a difference. Wade believes that growth comes from experimentation, and having the courage to accept and learn from failure. He believes in being nimble enough to change direction quickly when needed to make the most of new opportunities.

Wade believes that not only do compassion and empathy have a place in the business world but that they are integral parts of long term success. 

In this episode we discuss:
  • [6:17] - Having a growth mindset approach to you business can create change in your business practice, as Wade explains.
  • [8:32] - So what is ‘the leadership gap’ and how does it contribute to business. How strong can your business be if your team feel that you care about them?
  • [10:24] - Being busy in the day-to-day running of your practice, Wade explains how you can develop your team so that they feel more emotionally connected to the business.
  • [13:18] - The abilities of your team are only limited by the ability to grow your self first. Self Leadership is the process of YOU getting better … and in-turn the business and your team will grow.
  • [16:46] - Empathy is the deepest level of understanding and will allow you to lead your team. In addition, your team ‘see’ empathy, they see that you care, and they will go the extra mile and help you take your business to new levels of growth.
  • [19:08] - Having empathy and compassion isn’t about being a doormat … it’s about stretching and pushing people, it’s about making hard decisions. One of the most compassionate things you can do for your team is to help them to reach their potential. People don’t reach their own potential if you give them easy goals and give them feedback that they don’t want to hear.
  • [22:09] - How does ‘courage’ apply when in a leadership position?
  • [24:05] - So we know it’s good to be vulnerable as a leader, so when is ‘too much’ vulnerability not as effective? If we share ‘too much’ can it still be effective?
  • [27:35] - Some of the key learnings Wade has from over 25 years in leadership in many different sized organisations.

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