Leading With Your Authentic Voice
How can you find common ground to build trust quickly?
Establishing trust and rapport with employees can pose a challenge for leaders, especially when you are walking into a new situation. Kat Cole, COO and President, North America at FOCUS Brands, shares examples from her own career of how intrinsically knowing who she is has allowed her to connect to new employees and build common ground with new teams, even when she didn’t speak their language! “There are many contributors and inputs to someone's ability to be their full self every day,” says Kat. “It is driven as much by their inner strength, and their history, and their background as it is driven by the environment that they are in at any given point in time.” Kat has found that by being comfortable in her own skin, she’s able to share personal experiences and anecdotes from her life, which in turn allows her to connect to her team members in an authentic, truthful and relatable way.
Kat Cole’s twitter handle reads “Connected-Creative-Conscious-Community building Capitalist, Biz Advisor, MBA, Coffee-loving Chronic Learner” – this not only describes her as a person, it describes the philosophies she applies to busi...
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