Stacey Hanke: Be The Leader You Were Meant To Be
Stacy Hanke is a keynote speaker, writer, communications skills coach and executive mentor. She is the CEO and founder of Stacey Hanke, Inc., a team of mentors and consultants who equip leaders within organizations to communicate with confidence, presence and authenticity, day in and day out.
As an expert in executive presence and influence, Hanke has trained and presented to thousands in an effort to teach executives to choose their words carefully and rid business leaders of bad body language habits.
On this episode of the podcast, Hanke talks us through several important themes in her new book, Influence Redefined, including the importance of self-awareness and reflection, securing meaningful feedback, and practicing authenticity and consistency in daily communication.
Key Interview Takeaways
Leaders need the opportunity to see through the eyes and ears of their listeners. Hanke’s ‘Influence Model’ offers leaders practical skills and techniques to enhance their reputation and level of influence as they communicate with intention.
The three reasons why leaders have an inaccurate understanding of how they are perceived include flawed feedback, lack of self-awareness and failure to hold themselves accountable.
In order to secure honest, effective feedback, leaders must approach friends, family members and colleagues who will be upfront, asking these observers to look for specific communication skills in real situations.
Don’t wait for the ‘Big Gig.’ Hanke recommends that leaders cultivate communication skills daily and establish consistency – Monday to Monday. It is difficult to be authentic during a big presentation when you have not practiced the necessary communication techniques (i.e.: eye contact, connect and engage) in everyday interactions.
Take the time for self-reflection. Hanke suggests that leaders spend five minutes developing a 90-day action plan that identifies specific skills to work on (word choice, brevity, etc.), then meeting weekly with an accountability partner to assess progress.\
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