#122 – Authentic Leadership and Critical Communication Skills with Dan Owolabi

Whether or not we want to admit it, for many of us, leadership has been defined by authority and control.

However, now is the time to step into the future of leadership – one where effective leadership is defined by embarking on a journey of self-discovery. One that enables you to connect deeply with yourself and your team, while also guiding others.

According to Dan Owolabi, Founding Executive Director of Branches Worldwide, an authentic leader isn’t someone who bosses others around, but rather someone who remains true to themselves while serving others in a similar capacity.

With over two decades of leadership development experience across multiple continents, Dan brings a wealth of wisdom and practical insights to the table. On this episode of The Workplace Communication Podcast, Dan and I explore how to authenticity, cultivate effective communication, and leverage strategic transparency with your team members.

It’s high time we ditch the rulebook and discover how being yourself can transform your leadership style and supercharge your team’s success!

Leadership tips you won’t want to miss:

  • Engaging in active listening to foster better understanding and connection
  • Embracing vulnerability as a strength to build trust and authenticity within your team
  • Recognizing and valuing diverse perspectives to promote inclusivity and innovation
  • Cultivating empathy to enhance communication and foster stronger relationships
  • Leveraging strategic transparency with your team members

Dan Owolabi is the Founding Executive Director of Branches Worldwide, a fast-growing non-profit dedicated to making long-term investments in high-impact Christian entrepreneurs around the world. With over 20 years of experience teaching leadership, Dan is a sought-after international keynote speaker, teaching pastor, and a member of the Global Leadership Summit teaching faculty. To date, Dan has worked with leaders in over twenty countries and four continents, helping them clarify their identity and leverage their influence to serve others.   Dan’s latest book « Authentic Leadership », quickly became an Amazon #1 New Release. He holds a graduate degree from Ashland University centering on American Leadership and is completing a doctorate in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. Dan is a teaching pastor at Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio where he lives with his wife & two daughters. 

If you’re looking to enhance your leadership and communication skills while fostering a culture of authenticity, then this episode is for you!

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Lindsay Lapaquette

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Lindsay Lapaquette, M.Sc.(A) works with middle managers who want to communicate authentically so they can effectively lead their teams without losing themselves. As a former Speech-Language Pathologist, Lindsay applies her expertise in the neuroscience of communication and connection to help managers foster an environment of trust and respect in their teams, so that everyone can bring their best selves to work.

Lindsay’s approach has been profoundly influenced by her work with First Nations organizations, her experience as a parent to two neurodivergent children, and the premature loss of both of her parents. These experiences have taught Lindsay great lessons about the power of excellent people skills that extend well beyond her professional expertise.

Lindsay Lapaquette

Lindsay Lapaquette

Lindsay Lapaquette, M.Sc.(A) works with middle managers who want to communicate authentically so they can effectively lead their teams without losing themselves. As a former Speech Language Pathologist, Lindsay applies her expertise in the neuroscience of communication and connection to help managers foster an environment of trust and respect in their teams, so that everyone can bring their best selves to work.

Lindsay’s approach has been profoundly influenced by her work with First Nations organizations, her experience as a parent to two children with pervasive mental health challenges, and the premature loss of both of her parents. These experiences have taught Lindsay great lessons about the power of excellent people skills that extend well beyond her professional expertise.

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