Cindy Masingill

What’s The Deal With Empathy?

Ok, I’m just going to say it….if you are working on leadership development, emotional intelligence is a crucial part of any leader’s developmental strategy. And if we agree on that, the next step is to acknowledge that empathy is a key component of emotional intelligence. I personally have had a lot of questions about empathy…

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What’s Your Reason For Being?

LEADERSHIP PRACTICE Reflect upon your life’s purpose or mission, your reason for being. Begin to keep track of where and how you are investing  your time during the course of a week. If you don’t have a statement, silently reflect back on your true purpose and write down whatever surfaces for you. Are your actions aligned with your…

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Do You Need an Energy Renewal?

LEADERSHIP PRACTICE Here are a few tips intended to help you reignite your commitment to daily energy renewal movement for yourself: Find a variety of activities that you really enjoy for each of the dimensions of energy renewal (physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional). Block out time at the beginning of your week for each of…

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Are You Judging or Discerning?

LEADERSHIP PRACTICE To re-frame your thoughts from judging to discerning, seek to understand where others are coming from, and more importantly how they got there. When someone proposes an alternative viewpoint, don’t disagree with them immediately and judge their idea as stupid or wrong. Instead, ask them questions to better understand where they’re coming from…

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How adaptable are you?

I’m working on strengthening my adaptability.  While I like to think of myself as a pretty go-with-the-flow kind of person, there are certain times in particular when I am pushed to my flexible limits – and my limit was tested last week.  My husband and I were in Aruba and planned to fly home last Wednesday (you…

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What makes a Leader?

What makes a leader? If you find yourself pondering this question from time to time, you are not alone. Leaders evolve, and as such, are continuously trying to figure this one out. It’s not the definition of a leader that stumps us, as much as defining who we want to be as a leader and…

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The Authentic Leader

Last week, the guest speaker of SheForward shared one of her favorite quotes: “To thine own self be true…”, William Shakespeare. This in follow-up to the question: What advice would you give a young manager beginning to develop their leadership style? Her response, be yourself, be genuine, be authentic. I have to admit, it’s easy to veer…

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I’m Done with Feeling Guilty

I’m done with feeling guilty! I’ve discovered that feeling guilty is really about a limiting belief I’m holding about myself, others, a situation or an event. It’s a fictitious expectation – a bar I’ve set that’s unsubstantiated. Here’s a new twist: guilt is a reminder that something has temporarily clouded the vision of who I…

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Leadership that soars

“Gifted leadership occurs where heart and head – feeling and thought – meet.  These are the two wings that allow a leader to soar.” – quote from Primal Leadership, Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence”, Daniel Goleman. I believe there’s a natural tendency in all of us to lean more into the thought of leadership,…

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The World is Your Oyster

I read an article in the Sunday paper a few weeks back titled “The world is your oyster – if you pry it open”, written by Bruce Ramsey of The Seattle Times. He begins with advice to graduates, “Some time in your life, live outside the United States. Not only will you be in another…

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