Are you taking advantage of the learning opportunities around you? The role of leadership is much more common than you think. In today’s mashup episode, Denis welcomes Kristi Venta Diemoz and Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva. The conversation highlights the importance of human connection in leadership when leading teams and managing people. They further instill that networks, community support, and mentors can provide guidance in order to reach our potential. This episode concluded with a reminder that oftentimes, young people have simple and honest answers to complex questions, and it is important for leaders to take their advice into consideration.
In this episode:
- Kristi Venta Diemoz shares how working in one company for a long time can provide a lot of learning opportunities.
- She points out that passion for the mission and love for the people you work with become your drive.
- Kristi discusses how face-to-face human connection adds value and is important for leadership and organizations.
- Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva talks about her background from being born in the Soviet Union and transitioning to life in the U.S. in ‘98.
- Learn how Dr. Nadya practiced leadership by joining the Association of Young Leaders a few years after the fall of the Soviet Union.
- Explore how leading oneself requires loving ourselves and taking full responsibility.
- Take advantage of the learning opportunities around you
- Human connection is key to effective leadership
- Exposure to sportsmanship may spark interest in leadership
- The combination of the right people and place makes magic
- Leadership is a space you enter many times a day
- Ask yourself if you are your favorite person
“Ultimately, the reason I continue to stay so long is because, as you’ve talked about, leadership is changing, business is changing. So even though it’s been one company, I’ve never stopped learning. I’m still so passionate about our mission, and I love the people I work with.” – Kristi Venta Diemoz
“The combination [of the right people and the right place] makes magic that can never be explained with rational thought.” – Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva
“I do not believe that you are a leader in the sense of a title or a noun. Leadership, for me, is a space you enter and exit many times a day.” – Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva
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