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016: Tracing the Roots of Inspired Leadership, Laurie Sudbrink, Author, Leading With GRIT

bQ5GcGXt_400x400Ever wonder how workplace unhappiness is curtailing your firm’s performance? Laurie Sudbrink, Author of Leading with GRIT: Inspiring Action and Accountability with Generosity, Respect, Integrity and Truth, explains how inspired leaders take a more personal approach that melds life values, discipline and self discovery.

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We realized that generosity is more efficient, there is less energy needed and it’s more authentic when we want to do something rather than when we feel like we have to do something. So, the generosity comes almost naturally when people know their truth, aligned to that truth with integrity, respect themselves and others. It comes almost without effort.

MMTL: So, when you talk about a deeper understanding of yourself, share with us what you’re getting at there.

SUDBRINK: Yes, that’s a very good point, Jack. We don’t take the time to reflect enough on ourselves and what’s really important to us, what are we passionate about, what’s our truth, what are our natural strengths, so what are the challenges that we have, where are the areas that we might need to focus more energy and really being able to take a good objective look at ourselves, we don’t first of all take the time and then second of all, it can be kind of scary to open ourselves up. It’s the sense of vulnerability for a lot of us when we’re in a world that were thought to be tough and courageous and just kind of suck it up and put yourself out there.

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The following is unedited abstract* from the Middle Market Thought Leader podcast featuring Laurie Sudbrink, Author, Leading with GRIT and Jack Sweeney, co-host of MME Thought Leader.

MMTL: So, when you talk about a deeper understanding of yourself, share with us what you're getting at there.

SUDBRINK: Yes, that's a very good point, Jack. We don't take the time to reflect enough on ourselves and what's really important to us, what are we passionate about, what's our truth, what are our natural strengths, so what are the challenges that we have, where are the areas that we might need to focus more energy and really being able to take a good objective look at ourselves, we don't first of all take the time and then second of all, it can be kind of scary to open ourselves up. It's the sense of vulnerability for a lot of us when we're in a world that were thought to be tough and courageous and just kind of suck it up and put yourself out there. So, it can be almost counterintuitive to a lot of people to stop and take a look deeper inside. But what we find when we do that is we find our authentic self and we find where we can align to our strengths and align to what makes us successful but also be aware of the areas that we need to shift if we do want to take it to that next level.

So for example, being a leader, it's so important that we cannot only focus on our own success and our happiness but we're now responsible for other people and getting them to be able to produce. How do we do that? Sometimes we're working on the wrong way of doing that. We're looking at all of these ways to, for example in Sunrise, when all we need to do is connect with them on that level. So in doing that, it helps people to take it to a level of leadership and personal success and happiness. So it really isn't possible if we don't go into that deeper level.

MMTL: You described these elements again with the acronym GRIT, the G of course stands for generosity. We love to just hear how generosity became sort of one of these important elements here.

SUDBRINK: Yes, and I'll back up just a little bit and explain on how we came up with the acronym because that will help with the G and the generosity. After years and years of working in organizations with coaching and training and facilitating, I realize that I needed to put a name to this process. So, we've been doing this for quite a while, it's been proven successful but you know what? People like to have a name to put on it and long story short, we were doing a brainstorming and had words plastered all over the wall that helped us to describe the steps and the steps really were getting to know yourself a deeper level of understanding, being able to live to that and respect was definitely a word in there but it was being able to be aware of what you need, what other people need. And then we wanted people to steal leaders in particular like they wanted to help other people, not like they had to.

So, a micro example of that would be we wanted people to get that feeling of I want to have one-on-ones, I want to have those difficult conversations. I don't feel like I have to because the energy around it would be different. And so the acronym came up after we were brainstorming, after a couple of glasses of wine with my staff and we're brainstorming and we came up with -- we started talking about movies and Western movies and GRIT came out of that and I always loved the true meaning of grit and that perseverance and just pushing through, but I realized too that we needed it to go beyond that because sometimes just that grit, we forget some of the other important behaviors and characteristics we need which are truth and integrity, respect and generosity.

And generosity, we toyed with a couple of other words there but we realized that generosity is more efficient, there is less energy needed and it's more authentic when we want to do something rather than when we feel like we have to do something. So, the generosity comes almost naturally when people know their truth, aligned to that truth with integrity, respect themselves and others. It comes almost without effort.

*Note: This unedited abstract may contain electronic transmission errors, resulting in inaccurate or nonsensical word combinations, or untranslated symbols which cannot be deciphered by our transcription process. This abstract may differ from an edited transcript of the same interview in content, page and line numbers, punctuation and formatting.

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