Wednesday 1 February 2023
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Laurie Sudbrink: Authentic leadership, with GRIT

Joined on the show today by Laurie Sudbrink, the president and founder of Unlimited Coaching Solutions, and the author of Leading with GRIT: Inspiring Action and Accountability with Generosity, Respect, Integrity, and Truth.

Laurie Sudbrink, Todd Schnick, intrepidNOW“If we look at the happiest, most successful people and companies, they’re those that have a positive attitude about continuously improving. It’s growth. It’s something new. It’s an adventure,” explains management expert Laurie Sudbrink. In her new book LEADING WITH GRIT (Wiley; March 2015), Sudbrink, who has advised large and small companies alike, shares strategies to help managers navigate the tough times and transform their workplaces by gaining a deeper understanding of themselves, their motivators, and what drives overall business success.

While LEADING WITH GRIT is meant to be a practical leadership guide, it can also serve as an individual’s path to personal freedom. “When we fully embrace GRIT®, we become authentic and free – not so easily affected by others’ negativity. We accept the reality of life, and we look at it more positively,” she writes.

Today’s discussion guide:

Leading authentically…and despite what you think, you aren’t leading this way…

Walk us through the GRIT model (Generosity, Respect, Integrity, Truth)…

Holding the mirror up: you might not like what you see, and that’s good!

Does leading with GRIT make you more approachable as a leader?

Self-awareness is critical…

The ripple effect of YOUR actions…

The role played by emotional intelligence in leadership…

Needed: the ability to communicate. And why NOT doing do sinks most leaders…

Accountability: both in holding YOUR team accountable, but more importantly, achieving the credibility to actually HOLD people accountable…

Laurie Sudbrink, Todd Schnick, intrepidNOW

Laurie Sudbrink

About Laurie Sudbrink

Laurie is president and founder of Unlimited Coaching Solutions, which specializes in improving workplace performance. She is a certified New York State trainer, an approved United States Navy trainer, and is certified in the Four Agreements. She has over twenty years of corporate experience in human relations, management, sales, marketing and training and is a magna cum laude graduate in Communications from SUNY Cortland.

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Co-founder of the intrepidNOW Media Network, Todd Schnick is a media + business strategist and talk show host + producer. He is a former marketing strategist, national political operative, and lobbyist. Todd has published five books, writes a business + lifestyle column, is a distance runner, and lives in Chicago with his wife Stephanie + family.