Leadership is a Family Affair

I consider myself beyond lucky for many reasons, first among them my wife’s insistence that she enjoys spending time with me … in spite of how annoyingly nerdy, fixated, distracted, and obsessive I can become about various things. Together over 16 years, married nearly 13, this relationship is among the few constants in my life that pushes me every day to be the best I can be.

So I’m excited to share Episode #12 and welcome Maggie onto the show to talk leadership, family, and how our dogs are still on guard even while downstairs in a quiet basement.

There’s several, superficial reasons why Maggie and I would naturally compare notes when it comes to how we lead, communicate, and build teams. We’re almost the same age, went to the same college, both started our professional lives in the Air Force, and often agree on the “big rock” items we were taught–knowing your people, listening more than talking, providing top-cover for honest mistakes. That’s all well and good, but where I actually get the most value in these conversations is where our opinions and approaches differ. Maggie’s and my personalities are quite different (yes, I hear you friends snickering at the screen); so are how we present ourselves when challenged with a problem. We may agree on how to handle it and what matters most, but we have different ways of expressing that reality. And even something as simple as whether you smile while delivering bad news or doing so at a particular time of day can say a lot about how well-prepared you are to lead.

My wife puts a ton of thought into how she leads and communicates, knows her people incredibly well, and continually receives positive feedback from ‘below,’ ‘above,’ and ‘across’ in the hierarchy. She’s quite modest and always looking for how to improve, so it falls on me to let you all know how awesome she is. And how fun it was to talk with her for TLQ. So here’s the link once more, to Episode #12, Leadership is a Family Affair.

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