April 04, 2024


My Worst Leadership Moment with Karen Page

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Brendan Rogers
My Worst Leadership Moment with Karen Page
My Worst Leadership Moment
My Worst Leadership Moment with Karen Page

Apr 04 2024 | 00:17:06


Show Notes

Embarking on a leadership path often conjures up visions of unwavering decisiveness and the glamour of influence. Yet for Karen “Kaz” Page, her ascent through the IT industry’s ranks to an executive level with an overwhelming 36 direct reports became a crucible moment, revealing the stark contrasts between idealized leadership and the realities of personal aptitude. In a candid conversation, Kaz lays bare the soul-searching realization that her analytical prowess and leadership style might be ill-fitted for the emotional demands and diverse personalities of a startup’s high-octane world. Her tale is a testament to the courage found in introspection and the liberating truth that success doesn’t obligate one to fit the traditional molds of management.

Navigating the intricate dance of leadership styles, our discussion pivots to the ‘fixer’ archetype, valued in the breakneck pace of startup life for its quick reflexes and adaptability. Here, Kaz and I unpack the idea that effective leadership isn’t about a universal template but designing an approach that magnifies one’s unique strengths and aligns with each context’s distinct challenges. Her journey of vulnerability and growth offers a refreshing perspective on how embracing one’s individuality can chart a course for impactful leadership that uplifts a team without the need for conventional command. Join us for this profound exploration that cuts through the facade of leadership stereotypes, celebrating the many paths to making a lasting mark within an organization.

The episode is also available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/kNj77gkC93g

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