Join Scott Blanchard for an in-depth discussion in this video Leverage your best as a leader, part of Stepping Up to Leadership.
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David Witt: One of the books of yours, that, it's been out for a while, that I had a chance to take a look at. It's got kind of an unusual title. Leverage Your Best, Ditch the Rest. Scott Blanchard: Right. David Witt: When I first saw that, I was like, what's he talking about? Was he talking about people, is he talking about leveraging your best people? Ditch the losers. But, but I found out that's not. Scott Blanchard: Leveraging your house, you know. David Witt: Yeah. Ditch out. Ditch it once you're underwater. But no, that's not what that book's about. It, it's actually about leveraging your strengths. And so, can you talk a little bit about that.
Why did you write the book? Why is it important? Scott Blanchard: We wrote the book, I wrote with Madeline Blanchard, my, actually my wife. And, and we wrote it about about our experience within our executive coaching practice. David Witt: Mm-hm. Scott Blanchard: And what we found out is that well what we've known, what we kind of confirmed is that the, the most effective executives are people that basically have a, a profound knowledge of themselves. And I use the word profound for a reason. I mean, they have a very, very clear understanding of themselves and they understand their strengths. David Witt: Okay. Scott Blanchard: And they understand how to leverage and use their strengths to achieve the vision that they're trying to achieve.
So that's, that's number one. David Witt: Now Scott, before you go further, so you talk about profound. So give me a sense of what a profound understanding of yourself. How, how that might differ from most of us who think we might know ourselves pretty well. Scott Blanchard: It's a very honest representation of yourself. The way you come across to people, what your strengths are, what your weaknesses are and the things that tend to come up under stress. David Witt: Okay. Scott Blanchard: And it's taking a complete inventory of who you are and how you react to different situations to the degree that you can actually moderate yourself. And what happens and what we believe is that if you don't understand yourself.
If you're surprised by yourself or if you're caught up in a situation where you act irrationally or act in a way that is inconsistent with who you are and you can't do anything about it. David Witt: Right. Scott Blanchard: It's trouble when you're trying to lead people because those moments, those moments of weakness. David Witt: Yes. Scott Blanchard: Or bad behavior. David Witt: Yes. Scott Blanchard: They will haunt you because people will remember them. And they will, they will, it will begin to attack people's belief around your integrity. David Witt: And, and I'm thinking that you're saying like under moments of stress, who you are is going to pop out.
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