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The 12 Inch Rule of Leadership with Dr. Kaliym Islam

by | Jul 23, 2021 | Courageous Cultures, Podcast |

The 12 Inch Rule of Leadership: Confidence, Humility, Influence, and Career Success

In this wisdom-packed interview, former Wall Street executive Dr. Kaliym Islam shares the many leadership moments that transformed his career. This is practical, research-based, (and hard-won) leadership wisdom that will help you have more influence, achieve better results with your teams, and achieve the career recognition you desire. There are no shortcuts to leadership success, but the principles Dr. Kaliym shares from the 12 Inch Rule of Leadership will truly help you to be the leader you want your boss to be.

The 12 Inch Rule of Leadership

2:00 – Introducing Kaliym Islam, PhD, author of The 12 Inch Rule of Leadership

6:00 – Discover the roots of Kaliym’s approach to leadership through his experience in a historically black fraternal organization

7:15 – The discovery that people who internalized the 12 Inch Rule were succeeding in a variety of careers, industries, and leadership

8:10 – How Kaliym studied the successes he saw and brought his PhD research chops to bear on what he observed

10:02 – How leaders help their teams internalize the messages that matter most

10:50 – An incredibly vital business question you can use in every discussion with your team

12:13 – How confidence and humility work together to power your leadership and influence

13:49 – How Kaliym learned this leadership humility

17:16 – A specific look at several of the key behaviors and principles beneath them

18:12 – The Virtue of Patience and how it informs executive presence and a leader’s influence

23:02 – A practical example of how to receive feedback and respond with regard – even when it’s hard to hear

27:15 – The 12 Inch Rule of Leadership Principle of Talent Expression – speaking up and sharing your abilities and interests in a positive way.

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30:01 – How you can help your team express their talents and why that makes such a difference to their loyalty and engagement

35:09 – The power of caring enough to give a team member constructive feedback to help them grow and be more effective

36:13 – There are no shortcuts, no magic buttons. These principles work, but they work over time.

38:41 – Why leaders focus on strengths

44:12 – The Dignity of Simplicity and how the language and communication you choose is a demonstration of dignity – both yours (self-respect) and the people you speak with

49:03 – Where to begin – take the assessment (below) and pick one behavior to practice for 30 days.

Connect with Kaliym

Take the Assessment we Discussed
Website: www.thetrainingproacademy.com

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David Dye helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. He’s the President of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. He’s the award-winning authors of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and hosts the popular Leadership without Losing Your Soul podcast. David is a former executive and elected official. David and his wife and business partner, Karin Hurt, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.


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