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Episode 107 – The Self-Evolved Leader
What is a self-evolved leader? We tackle this exact question and cover the importance of elevating your leadership in this episode of the Cameron-Brooks podcast. Our guest speaker and subject matter expert is Dave McKeown. Dave has spent his career working with leaders and leadership teams to help them elevate their focus, develop their people and get more done. He helps individuals, teams, and organizations achieve excellence by doing the ordinary things extraordinarily well. Dave is the CEO of Outfield Leadership and in this podcast we discuss his new book, The Self-Evolved Leader – Elevate Your Focus and Develop Your People in a World That Refuses to Slow Down.
Our conversation is rooted in the idea of minimizing “heroic leadership” and facilitating team flow. Dave points out that in a world where everything is urgent and everything needs to get done now, heroic leaders feel like it is more effective or efficient to step in a tell the team what to do or just save the day. We have been consistently rewarded for acts of heroism centering around our ability to do our job functionally and explains why, as a leader, heroic leadership can be a liability.
Dave makes the point that if all we are doing is getting to the end of the day and winning the day, it’s exhausting over the long term because the leader has to get up the next day and win that day (and the next, and the next…)
Dave’s book offers a solution. The Self Evolved Leader mantra says “My focus is to help those on my team achieve our shared goals and in doing so to help them become the best version of themselves.”
In the conversation we get into specific and applicable ideas to do exactly that.
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