How Great Leaders Live a Life Worth Remembering
On Episode 338 of The No Limits Selling Podcast, we have Shannon Russell. Shannon is a Career Transition Coach, certified YouMap® Coach, and Host of the Second Act Success Career Podcast. Shannon's mission is to help women in unresolved careers pivot towards a second-act career that produces a balanced life of abundance. Shannon will share how great leaders live a life worth remembering.
She has helped clients transition out of jobs that just don't fit their current lifestyle any longer, so they can find what fits them and fulfills them in this "second act." Shannon has worked with teachers, medical professionals, entrepreneurs, IT engineers, stay-at-home parents, entertainment industry executives, administrative assistants, and corporate leaders, etc.
Shannon began her company Second Act Success® (www.secondactsuccess.co) to help others "produce their best life" through 1:1 coaching, courses, speaking events, and her Second Act Success Career Podcast. She spent over 16 years as a Television Producer in New York City and Los Angeles working for MTV, E!, Yahoo!, Pop Sugar, A&E, TLC, VH1, etc.
Shannon then pivoted to open her own Snapology franchise business, so that she could be more present for her children. Now, as a certified Career Coach, Shannon supports women on how to change careers, start a business, and follow their creative passions to the fullest as they produce their best life.
Shannon’s company Second Act Success allows her to share her journey from television executive to business owner(x2) and mom. Shannon hopes to motivate more women to make big moves in life and follow their dreams through her businesses, podcast, speaking events, and her upcoming book. She lives at the beach in New Jersey with her husband, two boys, and her Chow Chow pup.
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Definition of Great Leaders
Umar Hameed's Perspective: He emphasizes the importance of defining leadership and seeks Shannon's viewpoint.
Shannon Russell's Perspective: Leadership is about understanding how one wants to manage their business or team daily. It's about creating an environment where everyone feels involved and valued.
The Role of Self-awareness in Becoming Great Leaders
Einstein's Quote: Umar mentions a quote from Einstein, suggesting the importance of introspection and self-awareness.
Shannon's Take: She stresses the significance of taking time for oneself. It's essential to revisit one's purpose and ensure alignment with one's actions.
Being Present and Hands-on
Shannon's Approach: Despite managing a second company and raising two children, Shannon emphasizes the importance of being present. She believes in being hands-on, ensuring she's there for her team, celebrating their birthdays, and maintaining open communication.
Implementing Advice and Overcoming Fear
Umar's Observation: He notices that sometimes people don't implement the advice given to them. He probes to understand the reasons, suggesting that fear or discomfort might be barriers.
Shannon's Query: She asks Umar how he would handle a client who doesn't act on his advice. Umar's response revolves around addressing the underlying fear or discomfort.
Key Qualities in Successful and Great Leaders
Umar's View: Respect is paramount. When leaders respect their employees, they receive respect in return. He believes that genuine respect can make leadership more effective.
Shannon's Question: She inquires about the top qualities Umar finds in the most successful leaders.
Vision Casting and Team Inclusion
Shannon's Advice: She advises young leaders to enjoy the leadership journey. She emphasizes the importance of vision casting as a group, ensuring everyone's input is considered. This approach fosters a sense of belonging and ensures everyone works towards a common goal.
Questions & Answers
How do Umar Hameed and Shannon Russell define leadership?
Leadership, according to Shannon Russell, is about understanding how one wants to manage their business or team daily. It's about creating an environment where everyone feels involved and valued. Umar Hameed emphasizes the importance of defining leadership and seeks diverse viewpoints on the topic.
What is the significance of self-awareness in leadership?
Self-awareness plays a pivotal role in leadership. Umar Hameed references a quote from Einstein, suggesting that introspection and understanding oneself can lead to more effective leadership. Being self-aware helps leaders align their actions with their purpose.
How can leaders ensure they are present and hands-on with their teams?
Shannon Russell believes in the importance of being present and hands-on. Despite her busy schedule, she ensures open communication with her team and celebrates their milestones. Leaders should prioritize spending quality time with their teams to understand their needs and concerns better.
Why is it essential for leaders to implement advice?
Umar Hameed observes that sometimes leaders don't act on valuable advice due to underlying fears or discomfort. Implementing advice can lead to growth and improved leadership skills. Leaders should be open to feedback and be proactive in addressing any barriers to change.
What are the key qualities of successful leaders?
Respect is a paramount quality in leadership, as highlighted by Umar Hameed. When leaders genuinely respect their employees, they foster a positive work environment. Shannon Russell also emphasizes the importance of vision casting and ensuring everyone's input is considered.
How can young leaders ensure team inclusion?
Shannon Russell advises young leaders to enjoy their leadership journey and focus on vision casting as a group. By ensuring everyone's input is considered, leaders foster a sense of belonging and ensure the team works towards a common goal.
How can leaders overcome the fear of implementing new strategies or advice?
Addressing the underlying fear or discomfort is crucial. Umar Hameed suggests probing to understand the reasons behind the reluctance and working collaboratively to find solutions. Leaders should be open to change and continuously seek growth opportunities.
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