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Hi! I'm Stephanie, founder of the Empowered Leaders Academy.

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Leading With Psychological Safety: From Fear to Flourishing

Welcome Back, Reader Does Your Team Really Have Psychological Safety? Or do you just think they do? "Our people speak up all the time in meetings!" But is it the same people who always speak up? "They feel comfortable bringing up issues to me!" But do they blame others when they do? "Everyone on my team is happy!" But are they only cajoling you with what they think you want to hear? Even worse... The higher up in the leadership chain that your role is, the further from seeing 'the bottom of...

13 days ago • 3 min read

Do You Have a Fixed or Growth Mindset? Let's look at some examples... "Your intelligence is something very basic about you that you can't change very much." "You can learn new things, but you can't really change how intelligent you are." "No matter how much intelligence you have, you can always change it quite a bit." "You can always substantially change how intelligent you are." Did you find yourself agreeing more with the first two phrases? ...or with the last two phrases? In her book 'Grit...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

Welcome Back, Empowered Leader, I'm so glad you're here, Reader! I Have What? I had been expecting the depression diagnosis... it's why I had come. What I had not expected was the diagnosis for anxiety, too. Why? I had my own idea of what anxiety was... an image in my head of how it looked. I was wrong. Instead, I learned that my anxiety had been around for quite a long time. For so long that it was how I identified myself to be - normal, I thought. Now I knew differently. Until you know...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

Welcome Back, Empowered Leader, I'm so glad you're here, Reader! Leading with Honesty vs. Being "Nice" Not all leadership journeys begin smoothly. Sometimes, honesty is the most effective tool for a new leader's growth. Reader, let me tell you a story, where my initial skepticism turned to success... I inherited a team where a promotion had already been unofficially promised to a team member. This individual, let's call him John, wasn't prepared for the leadership responsibilities the role...

2 months ago • 3 min read

Welcome Back, Empowered Leader, I'm so glad you're here, Reader! According to Gartner What is HR's #1 Priority in 2024? Hint: it's YOU! According to Gartner, "Leader & Manager Development" is the #1 priority for HR in 2024. You know that makes my heart happy... since this is my mission, too! Our front-line & middle managers in the world of corporate have struggled for too long. Being promoted with little to no training in leadership, stuck between staff needs and meeting the next corporate...

3 months ago • 2 min read

Welcome Back, E.M.P.O.W.E.R.E.D. Leader, I'm so glad you're here, Reader! What Does It Mean To Be E.M.P.O.W.E.R.E.D.? The dictionary defines "empower" as: "giving (someone) the authority or power to do something" "making (someone) stronger & more confident, especially in controlling their life or claiming their rights" How do YOU define "empower", Reader? Most of us have many stories of bad bosses... I remember the one who tried to be everyone's friend, but wasn't a leader. Or the one who had...

3 months ago • 3 min read

Welcome Back, Empowered Leader, I'm so glad you're here! Why Do MEN Feel Comfortable Working With Me? Maybe it's because I grew up with all boys in my family and in my neighborhood. I played with Hot Wheels, robots, legos, sticks & sand. Maybe it's because I was a Daddy's girl. I helped build things, load up multiple cords of firewood, drive 4-wheelers, and hike in the woods. Maybe it's because my career started off in the sciences and IT. I majored in chemistry and worked with mostly men in...

4 months ago • 2 min read

Welcome Back, Empowered Leader, I'm so glad you're here! Who Influenced Your Leadership Style? Great leadership is more than having a title to give you authority. Do you know who helped to shape or influence your leadership style, Reader? I've been asked this on several occasions. Looking back at my time being an employee who has worked for many different bosses, at many different companies, across several different industries, I wondered how each influenced my leadership style. I can point...

4 months ago • 3 min read

Welcome Back, Empowered Leader, I'm so glad you're here, Reader! The Winter Blues Are you going through a case of the Winter Blah's? Good thing that groundhog saw his shadow... that means Spring is almost here! Whether it is the cold weather, gray skies, or yet another round of sinus congestion, Winter can play havoc with our health, mood and energy levels. As a leader, you may find it more difficult lately to handle your own family's mood changes, let alone those of everyone at work, Reader....

4 months ago • 2 min read

Welcome Back, Empowered Leader, I'm so glad you're here, Reader! "Bored Out" You've heard of "burned out", but have you heard of "bored out", Reader? Of 2,000 working U.S. adults surveyed in 2023, research by OnePoll found that 46% (almost half!) said they get bored at least 3 days of the workweek. Similarly, Gartner surveyed 3,500 employees and found that only 31% said they were engaged, enthusiastic, & energized by their work. Gartner suggested that this means the other 69% are languishing,...

5 months ago • 2 min read
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