Keith Ferrazzi | The Art of Strength and Vulnerability in Leadership

In today’s episode, we cover with Keith Ferrazzi what it means to lead without authority. Keith is an American entrepreneur, recognized global thought leader in the relational and collaborative sciences, and NYT best selling author of Leading Without Authority and Never Eat Alone.

There is more to leadership than telling other people what to do, so what does it mean to lead without authority, what can you do today to become a better leader, and how can you inspire vulnerability and empathy in the people around you?

What to Listen For

  • What can you do as a leader to create a great space for people to be vulnerable, therefore allowing stronger bonds to form?
  • Why are intimacy and empathy crucial to forming strong bonds with the people around you and what can you do to foster such an environment?
  • How much vulnerability is too much when you’re in a position of leadership?
  • What does co-elevation mean and why is it important to have co-elevating relationships with the people around us?
  • How do you set boundaries for your generosity so you don’t get taken advantage of?
  • What is the Blue Flame in all of us and why is it important to see it in others and nurture it so it can bloom?

Being a leader doesn’t mean you tell other people what to do. It means you inspire those around you who then choose to follow you. When you are a leader, people should trust you to provide guidance for them and make the best decisions given the circumstances. You do not need to have authority over other humans in order to do any of that – but you do need trust and respect. Work on building strong relationships with the people around you and you will become a better leader.

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AJ Harbinger - author of 1153 posts on The Art of Charm

AJ Harbinger is one of the world’s top relationship development experts. His company, The Art of Charm, is a leading training facility for top performers that want to overcome social anxiety, develop social capital and build relationships of the highest quality. Raised by a single father, AJ felt a strong desire to learn about relationships and the elements that make them successful. However, this interest went largely untapped for many years. Following the path set out for him by his family, AJ studied biology in college and went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at the University of Michigan. It was at this time that he began to feel immense pressure from the cancer lab he worked in and began to explore other outlets for expression. It was at this point that The Art of Charm Podcast was born.

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