Upon the retirement of long-time CEO Steve Ballmer, Nadella is only the third chief executive to head the mega-giant founded and led by Bill Gates for so many years.
It’s a situation that can be challenging for a new executive leader.
But in his first email to employees, Nadella clearly set the tone for what is to come.
A daredevil athlete who, for seven years, traveled the world performing over 1500 high dives from heights that scaled to over 100 feet—sometimes on fire! Founder and now Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting, a courage-building company that helps people and organizations live more courageously, he has conducted more than 500 workshops and webinars for a variety of organizations, including Accenture, UBS Bank, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA, Center for Creative Leadership, U. Forest Service, CNN, Monster.com, SPANX, and the U. Learn more about Bill Treasurer at Giant Leap Honesty with yourself and others produces a level of humility that earns you credibility. All evil leaders have been infected with the disease of hubris, becoming bloated with an exaggerated sense of self and pursuing their own sinister ends. Humility is the way to resolve the conflicts and contradictions of leadership.
People don’t respect know-it-alls, especially when they know that the know-it-all doesn’t know it all. Admitting mistakes and being open to accepting new ideas and new learning communicates that you are willing to grow. You can avoid excessive pride only if you recognize that you’re human and need the help of others, and that’s another important reason for leaders being great learners.
Every leader needs someone to lean on from time to time.
Your coach should be able to offer you not only advice but also attention and caring. In fact, they watch and listen about twice as much as they teach and tell.
Earning and sustaining personal credibility—the very foundation of exemplary leadership—demands it. It’s fun to be a leader, gratifying to have influence, and exhilarating to have scores of people cheering your every word.
And who better to help us understand how to develop courage than Bill Treasurer, former captain of the U. High Diving Team and international best-selling author of eynoting at The Leadership Challenge Forum 2014, Bill will take the stage to engage participants in learning how to become more personally courageous and discover how to inspire more courageous behavior among those we lead. A high-spirited keynote speaker who has shared his risk-taking experiences and courageous insights with groups across the country, Bill is the author of several books, including the international best-seller His insights also have been featured in such leading publications as The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur, and Redbook. In many all-too-subtle ways, it’s easy to be seduced by power and importance.
We’ve found in our research on coaching that the factor most related to coaching effectiveness is the quality of the relationship between performer and coach.