I’m really pleased to introduce a “Q and A” with Karin Hurt of Lets Grow Leaders: Leadership speaker, consultant, and MBA professor. See below for more information about Karin.
This month’s theme is around emotional intelligence. How important do you think EI is for leadership now and in the future?
Emotional intelligence is vital for leaders. I’ve seen so many “leaders” derail because they didn’t invest the time necessary to develop their EI. The ability to truly connect with other human beings is the foundation for any leader.
We love the work you are doing to help grow leaders with your consultancy practice, Lets Grow Leaders, what inspired you to get started?
Leadership development has always been my passion. My first decade at Verizon was all about leadership and organizational development. Then I went out in the field and spent another decade as an executive leading large teams in sales, marketing and customer service. All the success in those roles came from selecting and developing leadership at every level.
You launched your new book “overcoming an imperfect boss”, what messages were you hoping to send to readers?
Every boss is imperfect (including you). You have more power than you may think in this relationship. Invest in your side of the relationship and magic will happen. Readers can download the first chapter for free here. http://imperfectboss.
As a leadership expert, what is the single best piece of advice would you give to a new leader?
Be confident and humble.
You’ve had an amazing career, what has been the most inspirational moment for you?
I’ve had a few times, when we’ve done the “impossible.” I talk about one such moment in this interview. https://www.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My children. It’s so exciting to see them growing as leaders. Alli Polin and I are committed to helping other parents in this way. We’ve developed a free ebook for Parents: The Parents Guide to Leadership. http://
Now your book is out there, what is next for you?
How can readers benefit most from your work?
How can readers get in touch with you?
Karin Hurt is a leadership speaker, consultant, and MBA professor. She’s a former Verizon Wireless executive with two decades of diverse cross-functional experience in sales, customer service and HR. Karin was named as a top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America. She is author of, “Overcoming an Imperfect Boss: A Practical Guide to Building a Better Relationship With Your Boss.” Karin knows the stillness of a yogi, the reflective road of a marathoner and the joy of being a mom raising emerging leaders.