Episode 163 | The Connected Leader: Empower Your True Self + Inspire Others An Interview with Karen J Hardwick

Posted by Jenni Catron on Jun 14, 2022 5:00:00 AM

When it comes to the Great Resignation and employee burnout studies are telling us more and more about the power of connection and purpose when it comes to engaging with and stewarding those whom we lead. Recent findings also suggest that ¾ of executives say they are currently concerned about their own mental health. The truth of the matter is, we cannot connect with anyone in sustainable, healthy ways unless we connect with ourselves in meaningful and honest ways first! Self reflection is some of the most courageous work we can do and it will make everything and everyone around us - better!

In this week's episode, Jenni has a conversation with Karen Hardwick, an Atlanta-based psychotherapist and leadership consultant who has coached leaders at top companies including ESPN, UPS, and Turner Broadcasting, to be better leaders at both work and home through the superpower of connection. Karen combines psychology, spirituality and leadership principles to focus on first connecting with yourself to make you a better leader at the office but also enhance your relationships at home and in the community.

As leaders we need to consistently pursue self awareness along with journeying through the process of self discovery. Self awareness is about information but self discovery brings transformation. We need to do the hard work of understanding how our story and experiences may be affecting our current leadership in unhealthy ways. The more successful we become the easier it becomes to squander rather than steward the giftings given to us and a tremendous amount of damage can be done in our wake because whatever we do not own will only grow stronger. 




For a next step, check out our 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership Course. Too many leaders feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped to lead. If you can relate to that challenge, you might be asking yourself some questions. What does great leadership look like? How do you become a healthy extraordinary leader? In this course, Jenni walks you through a framework for leadership that will be an anchor in your growth journey as you pursue self discovery and self awareness to lead both yourself and others better.  

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Topics: Purpose, Leadership, Culture, Self Awareness, self leadership, Leadership Development, burnout, connection

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