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Jan 14, 2021

This month’s coaching conversation is between Tom and Courtney, another executive coach. What traits, they wonder, do effective executives share? If rising leaders wanted to reverse engineer what it means to be executives, what would they put in the mix?

The five qualities Tom and Courtney identify are:

Resilience -- get over hurts and setbacks 

Influence – build a natural reserve of strong relationships 

Organization  create lead-time and eliminate fire drills 

Scope – maintain the highest altitude possible; resist the weeds

Speed of Thought – exert alertness and be mentally nimble


At the end of this month’s commentary, Tom lists six books, each one different, but all leading towards personal growth and professional development. They are…

Change Your Questions, Change Your Life

The Confidence Code

Crucial Conversations or Difficult Conversations

EQ Applied

Self-Esteem at Work

The Four Agreements


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To dig deeper into your own development, search the episode archive using these filters:

Executive Presence

Managing Yourself

Relationship Building


Specific episodes relating to this one are:

Executive Presence – Three Pillars

“Don’t Take Anything Personally”


Shouldering the Burden of Leadership

Speed of Thought


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See you next month!

All of us here at “The Look & Sound of Leadership” wish you grace in this new year.



The Executive Coaching Special Interest Group sponsored by ICF Los Angeles will meet six times in 2021.

February 12 — 9:00 - 10:30 am Pacific

April 9 — 9:00 - 10:30 am Pacific

June 11 — 9:00 - 10:30 am Pacific

July 9 — 9:00 - 10:30 am Pacific

September 10 — 9:00 - 10:30 am Pacific

November 12 — 9:00 - 10:30 am Pacific


You can learn about all the SIGs here.

I’d love to see you there!

Here’s a link to the first episode of season two of Against The Rules, the podcast by Michael Lewis: Don’t be Good – Be Great.