10 July 2022

Season 3, Episode 14. The Connected Leader with Karen Hardwick

Welcome to Innovation Meets Leadership! I’m your host, Natalie Born. In this episode, we share a conversation about self-discovery. Karen Hardwick, the author of The Connected Leader, joins us to talk about how leaders must first connect deeply with themselves in order to connect with others in a healthy way. We also focus on empathy, one of Karen’s 7 strategies to empower our true selves, and the power it holds in transforming relationships.


With master's degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Rutgers and decades of front row experience, Karen is a spiritually and psychologically trained leadership consultant, speaker, author, podcast host, and lover of connection. Her in-depth clinical training, along with her tenured business acumen, sets her apart and matters a great deal in a world where anyone can be a “coach”; her expertise allows her to understand, name, and address what is getting in the way of people and organizations performing at their best. Her wisdom helps her to guide individuals, teams, and entire organizations to navigate the complexities of human natureand organizational dynamics so they can move into a culture of empowerment, inspiration, and transformation.


[00:35] Leaders Have a Human Being Crisis

  • Creating psychologically safe spaces in the workplace, in our homes, and in our community

  • Anyone who has people entrusted in their care can learn to show up more fully human

  • Hope activates our connection wiring, especially during tough times

  • True connection starts within ourselves

[04:25] Empathy is A Superpower

  • Being able to stand in somebody else’s shoes

  • Remember to offer empathy to ourselves first

  • Setting up boundaries and letting others have the dignity to find their own ways

  • The importance of just listening

[12:40] Finding Ourselves in Silence 

  • Our ability to sit with ourselves and be comfortable with our feelings

  • When we're not silent and we’re distracted, we lead with our ego

  • How Karen slows down and seeks silence

  • Addictions are taking us out of ourselves

[18:22]  Closing Segment

  • Connection is rooted in self-discovery

  • Connect with Karen and check out her book, The Connected Leader


Key Quotes:


“Empathy is hard it is because sometimes what it requires us to do is just listen. And I believe that sometimes people are just so anxious with other people's feelings, that they want to get out of that space as quickly as possible.” - Karen Hardwick


“So much of our connection resides in our ability to sit with ourselves.”  - Karen Hardwick


“I think that's really important and for people to keep in mind that the power of connection, yes, is rooted in self-discovery. However, it does impact positively business metrics. It elevates the value and beauty in relationships.”  - Karen Hardwick


“We are not leaders having a leadership crisis. We're leaders having a human being crisis. So when we let that sink in and wash over us, what does that mean? What I believe it means is that leaders can no longer MBA their way into leadership, what we need to do is show up more fully human with the power of our stories.” -  Karen Hardwick


Connect with Karen

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenjhardwickinc/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karenjhardwick/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarenJHardwickInc

Website: https://karenjhardwick.com/



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