Minter Dial: How Being Yourself Makes You a Better Leader

Being an effective leader requires you to be able to truly see yourself as you are – to know who you want to be, where you’re strong, and where you might fall down – and that requires hard inner work! In today’s episode, I had the great pleasure to talk to leadership, branding, and transformation expert, speaker and multiple award-winning author Minter Dial. We talk about the importance of empathy in being a leader, why everyone on your team is technically an individual contributor, what living through 9/11 in Manhattan taught him about perspective and knowing if you truly align with your organization or not. Listen in for a fantastic conversation!

Key Takeaways:

  • As a professional, fundamentally, you lead two things: 1) yourself and 2) your whole self.
  • Ultimately, empathy has an ability to help in absolutely everything you do.  
  • Intangibles do matter. You may not be in the right place if your values and your authentic self don’t align with where you’re working and that’s okay. You are being strong as a leader if you know yourself well enough to walk away from those kinds of environments or companies.

“We’re not all cut out to be leaders. If you don’t have patience to listen, if you

are not interested in working with teams, or it’s all about you – you have to learn how to step aside.” —  Minter Dial

About Minter Dial:

Leadership and brand speaker and author of You Lead: How Being Yourself Makes you a Better Leader

Minter Dial is an international professional and energetic speaker and a multiple award-winning author, specialised in leadership, branding and transformation. An agent of change, he’s a three-time entrepreneur who has exercised twelve different careers and changed countries xfifteen times. Minter’s core career stint of 16 years was spent as a top executive at L’Oréal, where he was a member of the worldwide Executive Committee for the Professional Products Division. He’s author of the award-winning WWII story, The Last Ring Home (documentary film and biographical book, 2016) as well as two prize-winning business books, Futureproof (2017) and Heartificial Empathy (2019). His latest book on leadership, You Lead, How being yourself makes you a better leader (Kogan Page) released in January 2021. He’s been host of the Minter Dialogue weekly podcast since 2010. He is passionate about the Grateful Dead, Padel Tennis, languages and generating meaningful conversations.

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