Getting to the essence of Leadership
Patty Miller of Influence Genius strives to empower leaders by showing them how important trust is in a work dynamic
Starting Influence Genius, an executive leadership and coaching company, was a natural next step from my work as the president and senior HR consultant with MillerNet HR Solutions. I know performance management intimately. In fact, someone asked me the other day, what would I like to do most. I said it is the people issues. Not that I like issues, but I know I positively resolve complex issues for the health of the company.
I started Influence Genius a few years ago because I had a vision of how to be different in the competitive world of leadership development and coaching. I know we are different.
We specialize in leadership development consulting and executive coaching at both the individual and collective level. These leaders know there’s a better way to meet the complex business challenges of today, and are eager to learn how to get there.
I’m very proud to be a certified practitioner/coach of The Leadership Circle. It’s definitely a robust tool I use with leaders and executives. It’s a powerful 360-degree tool that clearly illuminates for leaders their strengths for leadership effectiveness and presents areas that leaders aren’t aware of how they’re being perceived by the team.
In my practice, I use another tool on top of The Leadership Circle, Core Values Index – CVI. It’s the only tool on the planet with a repeat score reliability of 97 percent, all other tools like DISC, Myers Briggs, etc., come in at 60 to 80 percent. With CVI, you learn how you’re genuinely wired. It helps one understand the stripes of their tiger. When you know yourself, you can be more authentic.
I use this for succession planning, smart downsizing, business optimization and more. When you have people doing the work they’re wired for, profits go up along with career fulfillment. This fortified combination of CVI and The Leadership Circle, I get to the real base of each leader to help them bring out their inner genius so they can be better influential leaders. Powerful.
I sometimes say to clients that we’re still kids, only we have a mortgage and a credit card. Our inner stories and thoughts are how we project outwardly. A good leader is someone you want to follow, not have to follow. A good leader is mindfully and consciously self-aware of their patterns of action with habits of thought.
Awareness precedes choice, and choice precedes change. So enhancing your awareness is essential to becoming a more effective leader. Good leaders are trusted. Building trust requires an investment of time and energy — two resources in short supply.
As with nearly every investment, what’s important is the significant long-term payoff.