Upon the retirement of long-time CEO Steve Ballmer, Nadella is only the third chief executive to head the mega-giant founded and led by Bill Gates for so many years.And Nadella is an insider—a 20 year veteran who has worked side-by-side with his fellow employees to lead one of the company’s most successful business technology divisions.Instead, managers walk their people through annual performance metrics, usually stressing financial or quantifiable results—a component that can determine as much as 70% of an individual’s pay.
Earning and sustaining personal credibility—the very foundation of exemplary leadership—demands it. It’s fun to be a leader, gratifying to have influence, and exhilarating to have scores of people cheering your every word.
And who better to help us understand how to develop courage than Bill Treasurer, former captain of the U. High Diving Team and international best-selling author of eynoting at The Leadership Challenge Forum 2014, Bill will take the stage to engage participants in learning how to become more personally courageous and discover how to inspire more courageous behavior among those we lead. A high-spirited keynote speaker who has shared his risk-taking experiences and courageous insights with groups across the country, Bill is the author of several books, including the international best-seller His insights also have been featured in such leading publications as The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur, and Redbook. In many all-too-subtle ways, it’s easy to be seduced by power and importance.
A daredevil athlete who, for seven years, traveled the world performing over 1500 high dives from heights that scaled to over 100 feet—sometimes on fire! Founder and now Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting, a courage-building company that helps people and organizations live more courageously, he has conducted more than 500 workshops and webinars for a variety of organizations, including Accenture, UBS Bank, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA, Center for Creative Leadership, U. Forest Service, CNN, Monster.com, SPANX, and the U. Learn more about Bill Treasurer at Giant Leap Honesty with yourself and others produces a level of humility that earns you credibility. All evil leaders have been infected with the disease of hubris, becoming bloated with an exaggerated sense of self and pursuing their own sinister ends. Humility is the way to resolve the conflicts and contradictions of leadership.
People don’t respect know-it-alls, especially when they know that the know-it-all doesn’t know it all. Admitting mistakes and being open to accepting new ideas and new learning communicates that you are willing to grow. You can avoid excessive pride only if you recognize that you’re human and need the help of others, and that’s another important reason for leaders being great learners.
In addition to Jennifer’s continuing work with the Great Place to Work® Institute, she also is a management faculty member in the Foster College of Business at Bradley University, teaching in undergraduate, MBA, and executive programs in the areas of leadership, organizational culture, and strategic human resources management. Let’s say you become aware that you become angry when people are unprepared for a meeting.