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Leading with Authenticity: Having Algorithm & Learning How to Dance with Roberto Giannicola (Ep. #52)

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Building Better Managers Podcast Episode 52 - Roberto Giannicola

Building Better Managers Podcast Episode #52: Leading with Authenticity: Having Algorithm & Learning How to Dance with Roberto Giannicola

No matter how well-designed your algorithms, they won’t teach you how to lead with empathy and heart. The hard truth is that no matter how brilliant you may be, your technical abilities won’t provide you with the charisma, empathy, and grace often needed to advance. Leading with authenticity may not come naturally for everyone, but it can be an absolute game-changer when trying to get the most from your teams.

Drawing on his experience as a software developer and project manager and his own journey of self-development, Roberto Giannicola, author of “You’ve Got Algorithm, but Can You Dance?” and an executive coach at BetterManager, has been coaching executives in leading world-class organizations for well over a decade.

He joins us today to outline his three-step formula for organizations to facilitate leadership growth for its managers. Whether you’re a team leader in the tech industry or not, you’re sure to find new ways to become a more confident, assertive, and empathetic leader.

In this episode:

Meet Roberto Giannicola

  • Drawing on his experience as a software developer and project manager and his own journey of self-development, Roberto Giannicola coaches leaders—from new managers to C-suite executives at Fortune 500 companies—and facilitates leadership growth. Underpinning his work is his belief that living up to one’s potential as an authentic leader requires a seamless integration of both analytical skills and emotional intelligence.
  • We have been lucky to have Roberto as part of our BetterMamanager coaching community.

Connections Between The Tech Industry and Leadership Development

  • Working in high-tech for over 15 years as a software developer and project manager, Roberto realized they are going through what he also went through. He uses an analytical, logical and technical mindset that he finds valuable for leadership development.

The Three Step Journey Overview

  • Part one: Self-observation and discovery – How to use logical mindset for self-growth
  • Part two: Learning various leadership skills and leveraging empathy
  • Part three: Planning for self-transformation – No plans, no results, like your projects

Empathy

  • Start with being empathetic with yourself! Because it doesn't do us any good to be leaving a meeting and just make a list of all the things that I really could have done differently. Make a list of all the things that you're proud of, and then what would you want to change next time?
  • A lot of people struggle to find that courage to look in the mirror and make the necessary changes. The evolution that you can go through is really a tremendous opportunity.
  • What are the things that you see as essential in your leadership role? Remember that having more EQ is important as we often put so much emphasis on just IQ.

Takeaways/Next Steps

  • Define a clear method to attain your objective.
  • Self-observation: ask yourself the following 3 questions
  • Think about what you would like it to be like when…
  • Identify core points, then plan

Downloads & Resources

Follow Robert on LinkedIn here and on his website Giannicola.com.

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Roberto Giannicola

Drawing on his experience as a software developer and project manager and his own journey of self-development, Roberto Giannicola coaches leaders — from new managers to C-suite executives at Fortune 500 companies — and facilitates leadership growth. Underpinning his work is his belief that living up to one’s potential as an authentic leader requires a seamless integration of both analytical skills and emotional intelligence.

We have been lucky to have Roberto as part of our BetterMamanager coaching community.

Episode Transcript
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