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HCI Webinar: Who You Are is How You Lead, with Rachel Rider

In the latest HCI Webinar, Dr. Jonathan H. Westover talks with Rachel Rider about her book, Who You Are is How You Lead.. Below is a summary of the main points from their conversation! Check out the full episode and let us know what you think!

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Quick Recap

The main topics discussed in the conversation between Jonathan and Rachel were Rachel's book "Who You Are is How You Lead" and the importance of self-reflection and emotional intelligence in leadership. They also shared their personal experiences and beliefs, including their interest in Zen Buddhism. Towards the end, they discussed the challenges faced by leaders in the workplace and the importance of disrupting unhelpful behaviors.

Semantic Experiencing and Zen Buddhism

Rachel shared her coaching specialty in semantic experiencing, which involves working with the nervous system to help individuals regulate their inner world. She also mentioned her background in Zen Buddhism, starting with week-long silent meditation retreats at the age of 13. Jonathan, who identified as a "Zen Mormon Universalist," shared his own spiritual journey and his appreciation for Zen Buddhist philosophies. They both agreed on the importance of not believing in one's thoughts but listening to them as information to be acted upon.

Leadership and Self-Reflection

Jonathan and Rachel discussed the importance of acknowledging and understanding one's thoughts and emotions, as well as the impact they can have on one's leadership style. Rachel shared her motivations for writing her book, "Who You Are Is How You Lead," which include shedding light on the inner workings of executive coaching and helping individuals understand the connection between their professional lives and their inner world. They also emphasized the need for individuals to examine their limiting beliefs and understand what truly drives them, rather than merely focusing on their goals. They agreed that self-reflection and understanding the 'why' behind one's actions are crucial for personal growth and effective leadership.

Leadership Challenges and Emotional Intelligence

Jonathan and Rachel discussed the challenges faced by leaders who may have been promoted due to their technical expertise rather than their leadership skills. They emphasized the importance of relationships and emotional intelligence in successful leadership, noting that organizations often do not provide adequate support for new leaders. Both agreed on the importance of effective relationships in the workplace, particularly for senior leaders and executives. They also highlighted the need for leaders to understand themselves, manage self-doubt, anxiety, and stress to prevent unproductive relationships. They shared an example of a CEO who was overwhelmed and burnt out from micromanaging all high-level deals for his organization, and how they helped him understand the root of his behavior. The conversation concluded with them agreeing on the need to disrupt unhelpful behaviors and help leaders choose something different.

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