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The Key Ingredients of Gracious Leadership
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Imagine a world full of good and gracious leaders where all team members are highly engaged because they feel fully respected. Imagine that these teams are inspired every day to achieve optimal outcomes because they know they are doing meaningful work. Imagine a world full of Gracious Leaders who selflessly develop others and where they spend their time reinforcing “what is right and what can be improved” as opposed to getting derailed into the vicious cycle of “what is wrong”.
Now, not only imagine, but also embrace the calling to become a good and gracious leader. The movement has already started. The momentum will be created one leader at a time. Today this movement starts with you!
Praise for Gracious Leadership
"Gracious Leadership, by Janet Smith Meeks, shares the powerful, personal examples of how passionate, brave, courageous and communicative leaders deliver tremendous value to all their constituencies and are truly the recipe for organizational and personal success!"
Kerrii B. Anderson / Former president & CEO, Wendy's International; corporate director, Abercrombie & Fitch, Labcorp, and Worthington Industries; chairman, Elon University
"Janet's comments that great leaders recognize they don't have all the answers are spot on. They are not afraid to ask the people who do have the answers the right questions, no matter what level these folks may be. And when they ask, Gracious Leaders listen like no one else is in the room."
Mike Kaufmann / CEO Cardinal Health, a Fortune 100 Company
"Whether you are just beginning your journey to become a world class leader or you have many years in your role as a leader, Janet’s insights are inspiring and remind us all what is important in developing ourselves to our fullest potential."
Dwight Smith / Servant Leader, Chairman & CEO, Sophisticated Systems, Inc.; Founder, My Special Word
"In this book Janet shares leadership strategies that can deliver exceptional results by transforming companies with toxic cultures into high performing organizations driven by engaged employees who are walking tall!"
Barbara J. Smoot / CEO, WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development); Commissioner, Columbus Women’s Commission; Corporate Director, National Church Residences; Former Vice President, Nationwide Financial
"Gracious Leadership is a must read for all who really believe that we, as individuals and organizations, succeed via the quality and excellence in how we serve and recognize others for the contributions they make!"
John Fleming / Author, Consultant and Speaker; Former Publisher/Editor-In-Chief of Direct Selling News; Former Senior Executive of Avon Products, Inc.
"I think that leaders at every career stage will take a step forward by not only reading the book but applying the Conversation Starters that the author includes after each chapter."
Peter J. Giammalvo, PhD / Leadership & Talent Management Consultant; Retired Healthcare Executive-in-Residence and Visiting Professor, College of Health Sciences & Professions, Ohio University; former Chief Learning Officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
"Gracious Leadership provides golden opportunities for any leader to be set apart in today’s competitive landscape."
Cindy Monroe / Founder & CEO, Thirty-One Gifts
"Janet Meeks tells a personal, clearly articulated story of learning and practicing ‘Gracious Leadership’ and its central importance to mission success. Hers is a timeless, head and heart journey that reveals a path for all of us."
C. Robert Kidder / Director, Merck & Co.; Former Board Chairman, Chrysler; Former Lead Director, Morgan Stanley; Former CEO, Duracell; Former CEO, Borden Inc.
Get Out of Your Zone
28 July 2020
Last week my husband and I were out for a routine bike ride. We were waiting to cross a busy road. The traffic signal changed, indicating it was safe for us to proceed. As we were riding across this busy thoroughfare, a car turned left in front of us. The driver was not watching, and she clearly did not see us. No doubt she was in her own world… her zone in which she was solely focused on her agenda as opposed to being mindful of what else was going on around her. Thankfully, we were aware of our environment, and we avoided harm.
1 July 2020
Have you ever felt uninspired? You know… you just cannot find that “fire in your belly” to get things done that you need to accomplish? Well, I have a confession to make…. That has been ME for the past few months.
CEO Parking Only
27 February 2020
For the past few years, I’ve made it my routine to go to Starbucks for a Café Latte or a cup of hot tea. Every time I patronized one particular location, I drove past a business with a parking lot sign that read, “CEO Parking Only”. This sign was troubling to me as it didn’t send the right message to employees and customers. Although not intentional, the sign promoting special treatment for the CEO did not convey a “customer first” mentality.