My guest on this episode of Increase Your Impact was Karen Dawson.  Karen is the founder of Create Now, a Leadership Development & Executive Coaching firm based in Calgary.  Karen joined me to discuss the important topic of Leadership and how we can use Leadership to increase our impact in our personal and professional lives.  Karen has a tremendous amount of experience in the field of Leadership, and shares some awesome perspective on the field, particularly her views on “New Leadership”.

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Show Notes

  • Introduction & Welcome (00:00)
  • How did Karen become interested in Leadership? (02:10)
  • Where did the idea to start Create Now come from? (05:25)
  • Are there specific areas of Leadership you like to focus on? (09:05)
    • Group vs. Individual Leadership
    • Finding the sweet spot between Direction, Alignment and Commitment
    • Shifting trends in the Leadership Field to it being a more Relational Phenomenon
    • Doing her part to increase the likelihood of powerful co-creation
  • Are there particular traits that are important for people to have to succeed with New Leadership styles? (18:05)
    • Think more about others than themselves, be curious
    • Be interested, not interesting
    • Be willing to court surprise, have a desire to learn, not to control
    • People resist being told what to do, embrace what they help create
  • What consequences do you see when groups/organizations talk the talk but don’t walk the walk when it comes to adopting new Leadership styles? (24:15)
    • Information flow is stopped
    • Anxiety and tension increase
  • What effective strategies have you seen with organizations that have successfully adopted new Leadership styles? (26:30)
    • Jonathan Haidt – The Happiness Hypothesis (Elephant and the Rider metaphor)
    • Accept that change is hard and takes time, give people permission to be ok with that
    • Provide clear structure and direction (Explain the HOW)
      • 1-2-4-All Exercise
    • Applying principles of Improv (Play big, let go, notice more, spirit of generosity)
    • Being open to new ideas (what got you here won’t get you there)
  • What resources do you recommend for people who want to learn more about New Leadership styles? (41:00)
  • What does Impact mean to you? (44:25)
  • What is holding you back from making a bigger Impact? (45:25)
  • Where can people go to learn more about what Karen is up to? (48:25)
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