The Lead

Kristen Lisanti
Weekly poems & practices for those who are ready to lead real change
Created 05 Sep 2020
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  • I am not in control
    29 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    Share If I had a magic wand, my first act would be to gift this particular insight to every leader struggling for control at the expense of their power. Oh, the suffering we could avoid… The ease we c...
  • You’re powerful—deal with it
    22 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Share Last week looked at our relationship to power: Do we see ourselves as powerful? Where does our power come from? Is power even something we want? For years, my answer to this last one was a defin...
  • Our relationship to power
    15 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    Share Years ago, I was guided through a visualization exercise intended to help me identify a core need or asset I had hidden within me—something I would need for the journey I was on. At the time, I ...
  • No bad leaders
    08 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 0 1
    Share I like to ask the leaders I coach to describe the leaders they’ve learned from or admired in their careers to date. More often than not, they reply with some version of “Well, I’ve learned more ...
  • To lead inclusively...
    01 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Share To lead inclusively, we de-center ourselves. We de-center ourselves while taking complete responsibility for ourselves. We take responsibility for ourselves without drowning in the discomfort. W...
  • can't (wait to) stop
    25 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 1
    Share Last week I was invited to join GCI Health’s North America leadership offsite to talk about a more sustainable way to lead. Here are the notes from our session, including a STOP practice that is...
  • You will not believe me
    18 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 0 1
    Share The thing about challenging established paradigms is that you are always met with resistance. Always. In the corporate world, where I do most of my work, I am challenging deeply ingrained belief...
  • Rare is the leader…
    11 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    As leaders, our relationship to change is complicated. On the one hand, it is the nature of our work to lead change. To set a vision for growth or progress and to align and mobilize our team in that d...
  • The embodied leader
    04 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    Share I’m going to ask you to read this week’s note a little differently. Not with your intellect, but with your senses. Not as a concept, but as an experience. Ready? Let’s go. Consider your mind. Se...
  • It’s not easy to be a leader right now…
    27 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    Share It’s not easy to be a leader right now. But it doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it. Most leaders think their job is to make their people happy, to have answers to their questions and to sol...
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