Are You a Great Leader?

Let’s talk about leadership. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a manager of a single department, or even a solopreneur: you’re leading someone. Are you leading your company or your teams effectively? Are you taking a holistic strategy to operating your business efficiently?

After spending over 20 years working as an executive for HGTV, Traci Barrett was looking for a career change. She decided to merge all the skills she had spent two decades developing: leading, strategizing, managing, and mentoring. Together with her husband, she started an executive coaching and consulting firm called Navigate the Journey. Navigate the Journey helps individuals and organizations discover their motivations and strengths, build their leadership skills, strategize on cultivating business, and, ultimately, realize their full potential.

Tune in to this episode to hear what skills and traits all great leaders need to carry in their back pockets, advice for how women can become more confident leaders, and the importance of identifying and naming your management blind spots.

In This Episode

  • Why leaders can benefit from consultation and training
  • How to identify your blind spots
  • Skills that help you become a more balanced leader
  • Tips for women who want to become more confident in the boardroom
  • How to gain perspective in both your personal and professional life

Quotes in This Episode

“Everybody has a blind spot. If you don’t think you have a blind spot, that’s probably your blind spot. All of us have something to work on and to learn.” —Traci Barrett

“Sometimes people get nervous and think that, oh [empathy] means weakness. It doesn’t mean weakness. It just means putting yourself in other people’s shoes, understanding how they’re feeling, and acknowledging that.” —Traci Barrett

“What I always encourage women to do is: Just don’t try to be anything else but yourself. Don’t try to be a man. Don’t try to be what you think your boss should want you to be. Just show up, and participate by being thoughtful and smart.” —Traci Barrett

“Understand what your own personal purpose and mission are and what your vision is for your life and how you plan on getting there—before you start digging into your own company. You want to have that purpose across all domains of your life personally, professionally, and with your family.” —Traci Barrett

“Our opportunity to learn and grow is greater than it has ever been, and most of it’s free. I think: Take advantage of that. If you’re not creating time and space to learn as a leader, it’s really a shame. We should be carving time out of our day to learn every day.” —Traci Barrett

Resources

Traci Barrett Talks Leadership Potential and Navigate the Journey on Women WorldwideNavigate the Journey