Jan 2, 2023
In today’s episode of
IntHERrupt, our host Linda talks with Jordan LaSalle on how you can
be comfortable with your particular leadership style.
Meet your team member instead of forcing them to come to
- Jordan has a background with teaching, and one
VITAL thing she kept in mind throughout her career is: Meet the
STUDENT instead of forcing the student to meet her. People learn
and work differently, so if you want to effectively teach, or lead,
you have to go to whoever you’re in charge of.
- Emotional intelligence is key to this. Be aware
of the strengths and weaknesses of your team, or in Jordan’s case
students, and play to their strengths. Optimize things FOR your
team so you can effectively work.
Be authentic and build a genuine relationship with the
people you’re leading
- After she worked in teaching, Jordan
transitioned to being the vice president of education at her
school. Just like she had done with her students, she focused on
being GENUINE with the people under her.
- Jordan did an exercise where she had everyone
she worked with create a “user manual.”. The manual asked a few
questions: What brings out the best in me, what
brings out the worst in me, and here’s how to work most effectively
with me. Not only does
this build a relationship between you and your workers, but it also
gives you an idea of HOW to effectively lead and work with
Understand your role in the team, as well as the role of
- Jordan got her position while the pandemic was
just beginning. Her, along with her team members, were all worried
about the future and what direction the team would be heading
- You have to remember: The job of
your teammates is not to bear your weight. You, as a leader, are supposed to be a pillar
and source of STRENGTH for your team. Now, this doesn’t mean you
can’t rely on them. But focus on supporting your TEAM instead of
having your team support you.
Recognize other people’s expertise
- You may be the leader of a group or business,
yes, but you’re not omnipotent.
- In Jordan’s career, she works with a board of
experts and meets with them frequently. Although she is in a HIGHER
position than the other board members, she also recognizes and
respects their insight. Jordan isn’t directly involved in
EVERYTHING, so listening to the other board members and taking
their insights into account helps her run things
Don’t be afraid of vulnerability
- There’s a common, and unfortunate,
misconception that leaders have to ALWAYS be strong and NEVER show
weakness or vulnerabilities. The issue with this, again, is not
- Nobody is
perfect. There is no perfect leader
or team member. Instead of CONSTANTLY chasing after perfection,
chase after progress. Don’t be afraid to show your vulnerabilities!
One tool Jordan uses are language cues. Saying things like “I’m
going out on a limb” shows you’re not completely certain about what
you’re going to say, but also makes you more human and
The final three points
- Surround yourself with people who challenge and
- Embrace who you truly are.
- Be able to find humor in yourself and in
Take all of these considerations
in mind to become a better leader, and connect more with your
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