Dr. Isela Garcia And How to Lead With An Open Heart
Release Date: 07/16/2020
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This episode is actually a repeat...meaning I lost the first recording and had to go back and ask Isela to sit and chat with me again.
I'm so glad she said yes because I remember the 1st recording brought me to tears (in a good way) and so did this one.
Whether you are a leader by title or not, this episode if for you!
In it, we dig into what it means to show up and be open-hearted. Not just with our staff, but with families, with children, with one another. We also dig into what it means to be a leader and explore practical tips for how to be a better leader, and to be honest, a better human being.
Be sure to grab this episode's freebie too...it's a leadership bundle from Dr. Garcia, which includes her:
- Barriers to Effective Communication
- Leadership Skills Infographic
- Communication Connection Sandwich
Learn more about Dr. Garcia's work at https://www.alesigroup.com/