16 June 2024

Season 4, Episode 27. Grit, Growth and Gumption with Tinsley English

What three essential elements can empower women to embrace their leadership abilities and thrive in their careers?


In this thought-provoking episode of the Innovation Meets Leadership podcast, host Natalie Born engages in a captivating conversation with Tinsley English, a recognized expert in female leadership development. Tinsley shares her personal journey and the lessons she learned along the way, which inspired her to write her transformative book, "Grit, Growth, and Gumption." Throughout the discussion, Tinsley emphasizes the importance of investing in one's own growth, embracing vulnerability, and developing emotional intelligence to become an effective leader. She introduces her powerful G-Force Code system, which combines the elements of grit, growth, and gumption to help women lead themselves and others with confidence. Tinsley's insights and practical advice serve as a roadmap for aspiring female leaders, encouraging them to step out of their comfort zones, take chances, and make a lasting impact in their organizations and communities.


Tinsley English is a recognized expert in female leadership development, a dynamic keynote speaker, and a best-selling author renowned for her transformative G-Force Code System. 


00:00:00 - 00:10:59 | Falling into Leadership: Tinsley's Journey and the Birth of G Force Code

  • Tinsley's personal experience of being promoted without an instruction manual highlights the common challenges faced by new leaders.

  • The G Force Code, a combination of grit, growth, and gumption, serves as a practical toolkit for women to develop their leadership skills.

  • Grit encompasses resilience, the ability to thrive through challenging times and setbacks, drawing inspiration from Tinsley's mother's example.


00:11:00 - 00:19:59 | Embracing Gumption and Growth: Overcoming Fears and Developing Emotional Intelligence

  • Gumption involves strategic decision-making, weighing risks and rewards, and moving forward with confidence.

  • Women often struggle with taking chances and applying for positions they don't feel 100% qualified for, but it's essential to embrace gumption and "do it now."

  • Growth, particularly in emotional intelligence and empathy, is crucial for leaders to connect with and understand their team members.


00:20:00 - 00:32:00 | Investing in Yourself and Others: The Importance of Self-Care and Giving Back

  • Leaders must invest in their own growth and self-care to effectively lead others and avoid burnout.

  • Vulnerability and relatability are key to building trust and psychological safety within teams.

  • As leaders mature, it's essential to turn around and give back to the next generation, sharing lessons learned and pulling others up.




"Leadership is not about just you. It's about investing in the growth of yourself and others." - Tinsley English


"When you invest in something, you are giving it time and attention and diligence, like investing into the stock market." - Tinsley English


Connect with Tinsley:


Instagram: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tinsleyenglish/


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