131: Peggy Smith – Leadership is an Organic Journey

Peggy Smith is a skillful and transformative global leader with a keen eye for business trends, fresh concepts, and innovative solutions and how they align with the world’s greatest asset – people. 

Peggy’s recent roles are Chief Strategy Officer for HR services/mobility leader CapRelo and technology influencer Shyft. 

Previously, as President and CEO of Worldwide ERC®, the workforce mobility association she led for ten years, she extended the organization’s reach around the world and fostered the organization’s evolution into a content-rich community for talent management and mobility professionals. 

Prior to Worldwide ERC®, during her 13-year tenure with Microsoft, she developed and implemented the strategy and execution for the company’s world-class Mobility Center of Excellence (COE). 

Peggy holds a BA in marketing from Seattle University, has guest-lectured on talent mobility at Georgetown University and Seattle University and is a contributing writer to the NACE Foundation. She has also contributed editorially to the Forbes Nonprofit Council and has been interviewed, published, and/or quoted in such outlets as Forbes.com, HR.com, SHRM, Fortune, CIO magazine, TLNT magazine, HR Dive, Recruiting Daily Advisor, and Business.com. 

Peggy serves on the Strategic Advisory Council for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies.


On this episode:

  • Hear Peggy talk about how leadership started organically for her without her pursuing it.
  • Peggy talks about the leader she looks up to the most
  • The power of asking someone how their day is
  • Peggy discusses why she is creating a career pivot into focusing on the Human Capital side of things.
  • Peggy talks about what makes leaders successful and the qualities that the leaders of today should have.

Key Takeaways:

  • The world’s greatest asset is people
  • Have faith and confidence in your team
  • Successful leaders show their true, authentic selves.
  • Be present in the moment.
  • The greatest gift that we can give anybody is our time.


Tweetable Quotes:

“At the core, do you show up with goodness in your heart?” – Peggy Smith

“You need somebody that is organically passionate about people and however they show up.” – Peggy Smith

“As leaders, you have to emulate what you want. You can’t be somebody that says one thing, and then your behavior diverges from that.” – Peggy Smith


You can get in touch with Peggy on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/1peggysmith/)



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