Dynamic Leaders Aren’t Born, They’re Made From Holistic Leadership Models

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Leadership is crucial for unlocking the power of human talent. Without a skilled leader, people lack the vision, inspiration, and support they need to perform well. 

In the workplace, the consequences of ineffective leadership are grave. Bad leaders cause employees to disengage or quit. Research suggests that 57% of workers leave because of their boss. 

Even good leaders have trouble creating a positive impact. Overwhelming to-do lists, large targets, or cost-cutting initiatives all come with the role, and so do responsibilities to engage and develop teams. Leaders are promoted without training, or the skills that got them to the position no longer fit the organization’s needs. More often than not, this leaves leaders exhausted and left wondering why they aren’t meeting expectations.

The majority of leadership frameworks fail to be comprehensive, lacking a well-rounded view of the individual, their environment, and how they can manage their team. Keli Fazier-Cox, a leadership coach with C-suite and global management experience, wanted to fix this issue. After founding Promote Leaders, a leadership coaching practice for executives, she established her proprietary framework Intentionally Balanced Leadership™ as a solution.

Since graduating from the Wharton School, Keli has accumulated numerous leadership experiences including working as a Chief Commercial Officer and Global Head of Learning and Development. Implementing these pillars in Keli’s workplace resulted in increased profit, productivity, employee retention, and engagement.

“Being a leader is one of the most intense and joyful roles you can have,” says Keli, “That’s why it saddens me to hear people struggle with the responsibilities of leadership. Without a toolkit, it’s easier to focus on the hard parts, but having a roadmap like my framework provides guidance that lets you focus on how you can impact lives, culture, and the world.”

Keli’s framework consists of five equally important pillars that all leaders must learn to master: Clarity, Conscious Action, Communication, Connection, and Catalyst.

The Intentionally Balanced Leadership™  methodology was mindfully crafted to provide practical examples and represent Keli’s firsthand experiences that are also significant challenges for all leaders. The effectiveness of the five-pillar system hinges on a leader’s awareness of when certain skills, perspectives, and communication styles may be needed. Keli says that Intentionally Balanced Leadership reflects the true reality every person in charge faces: A new set of challenges each day while trying to keep the big picture in mind. 

The first two pillars– Clarity and Conscious Action– require a leader to get to know themselves and what they stand for. To establish clear communication, priorities, and simple interactions, a leader must identify why they are a leader and what their personal beliefs are.

Conscious Action, a rare element of leadership frameworks, encourages leaders to be more thoughtful. With so much happening internally and externally, they will learn how to lead with purpose and manage their priorities, body language, and time. Keli finds this pillar crucial for emerging and senior leaders as it ensures someone is effective and structured regardless of their personality type. 

Communication and connection are the stabilizers of all five pillars. They are relevant for all other skills, making them vital to understand and perfect. Keli teaches leaders that their communication style should mesh with employees, and company culture, and convey inspiration to build community. Learning to pivot and adapt while staying true to their core values is the biggest takeaway for leaders. Connection, the fourth pillar, is a key ingredient for developing a team, helping them reach their full potential, and creating an inclusive company culture. Leaders will learn how empathy, vulnerability, and accountability strengthen this skill

Collaboration and Catalyst are the last two pillars of this framework. Collaboration is a defining factor for company success, as many organizations fail due to siloed, fragmented departments that should work together cohesively. When leaders learn to foster collaboration among their staff, they unlock the distinct value of each individual and improve the client experience.

Keli believes Catalyst is a skill every leader must have to resolve issues that they were hired to address. This pillar urges leaders to embrace challenges, lead with influence through change, and define a plan for positively transforming the company.

Keli is currently leading keynotes that speak to these pillars as well as coaching leaders individually and in group settings. In early 2024, Keli has plans to release a webinar series highlighting each leadership pillar with additional plans for a formal leadership program and a book detailing the Intentionally Balanced Leadership™ framework forthcoming.


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