Episode 11: "The Inner Work of an Emergent Leader" with guest Dorianne Cotter-Lockard

This episode originally aired September 16, 2013

This Week's Episode

There is an “emergent leader” within each of us that can be developed and encouraged to be expressed for the benefit of the world. The leader within us is founded on the authentic expression of the self, which includes honesty, openness, and humility. The authentic leader draws on an internal source of value and power, rather than obtaining externally based power and value. These qualities are inherent within each person, however mindful attention is required to develop and nurture these qualities in order for them to be fully expressed. Affirming our value as a contributing member within any community, be it familial or corporate begins with understanding that we are enough, just because we exist. Using the tools within the teachings of both emotional intelligence and spiritual intelligence will support leaders in developing an intentionally authentic self-relationship, which carves a path upon which others are inspired to walk. In her coaching practice, Dr. Cotter-Lockard helps leaders discover and nurture the qualities of authentic leadership.

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This Week's Guest

DR. DORIANNE COTTER-LOCKARDDorianne Cotter-Lockard inspires leaders to transform themselves and their organizations by providing leadership development, organizational development, executive coaching, and business and technology consulting services.  Dr. Cotter-Lockard served as an executive of a Fortune 100 company for eight years, where she was a key member of the “C-level” leadership team, making divisional decisions for a billion dollar subsidiary with 9,000 employees and is the President of DCL Associates Inc., a management consulting firm focused on developing leaders and helping them to transform their organizations.  She also serves as Interim CFO and Head of Operations for CEO2, a company dedicated to “a world that works because business works.”

Excerpt from "The Inner Work of an Emergent Leader"

When I asked Dr. Dorianne Cotter-Lockard how a leader creates a safe space for dialogue by they themselves communicating openly and honestly when they may not be at liberty to disclose protected information, this is what she had to say: “The mindful leader ensures the physical space and layout of seating is conducive to dialogue. The space is safe if people feel free to express their ideas without being interrupted or personally attached. I’ve been in situations where I could only disclose partial information. I was up-front about that – I would say, “I’m not able to talk about that, however I can tell you about …” It’s important for people to feel they are heard, and then help them to adapt to a decision.”

Excerpted from the Inner work of an emergent leader on “minding our business: creating a spiritual economy” with host Nadene Rogers.

Thank you Dorianne

As host of “Minding Our Business: Creating a Spiritual Economy,” my personal take-away from my recent Episode entitled: The Inner Work of an Emergent Leader, with guest Dr. Dorianne Cotter-Lockard was this: a deeper affirmation of my own emotional and spiritual intelligence at work in my life today, and throughout my life until this point in time. Both gifts directly imbued in me as a inner knowing that humanity has within it everything it needs to create a world of prosperous and joyful return. Gifts that continue to grow the vision for my life enabling me to push forward doing what is mine to do, in creating a world in which all are honoured. Thank you Dorianne.

We were talking about various fields of intelligence, at which point I asked, what are some of the ways we can begin developing the leader within ourselves, Dr. Cotter-Lockard answered by beginning with this idea: “most people spend time learning technical and management skills. Those are definitely important and get you to a certain point, but to be a leader, you must embark upon learning of a different kind. I suggest finding ways to develop your emotional intelligence – widen your awareness of your own emotions, develop your ability to recognize the emotions that others are experiencing, and develop mastery over your own emotional reactions.”

Excerpted from the Inner work of an emergent leader on “minding our business: creating a spiritual economy” with host Nadene Rogers.
When I asked Dr. Dorianne Cotter-Lockard how a leader creates a safe space for dialogue by they themselves communicating openly and honestly when they may not be at liberty to disclose protected information, this is what she had to say: “The mindful leader ensures the physical space and layout of seating is conducive to dialogue. The space is safe if people feel free to express their ideas without being interrupted or personally attached. I’ve been in situations where I could only disclose partial information. I was up-front about that – I would say, “I’m not able to talk about that, however I can tell you about …” It’s important for people to feel they are heard, and then help them to adapt to a decision.”

Excerpted from the Inner work of an emergent leader on “minding our business: creating a spiritual economy” with host Nadene Rogers.
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