Sensitivity sometimes gets a bad rap amongst men. But did you know it’s actually a hidden strength that resides within many top leaders? The key is in understanding the potential value of the sensitive male leader.
At one time in my journey, I experienced my own sensitivity as a challenge. I felt I had to put on a shell and harden up. As a result, overthinking and my critical internal editor led to feelings of personal doubt and insecurity. I found a way out by being true to myself. In the process of coaching other leaders, I discovered that I definitely wasn’t alone.
Do you resonate with these?
I have a client who is very direct. He was bullied as a kid, and is absolutely brilliant. He built and sold a very successful company and now leads a different organization. His emotions were shut down. This can lead to a feeling of isolation, and appearing callous and uncaring.
Another client is a leader in a high tech start-up. He’s an innovator, a fantastic planner and a detailed thinker. He too was picked on as a child for being very kind and considerate. Motivation against ongoing resistance can be tough for him. Developing an intense and protective external shell isn’t uncommon for men with a similar story.
Unlock the potential of the sensitive male leader.
My clients are learning to accept their unique strengths and recognize that the sensitive man has many qualities to bring to leadership. The sensitive man can be an energetic doer, who leads in a truthful, clear and friendly manner. And once they embrace their sensitivity – they can be highly effective in understanding others and leading with this strength.
Do you deeply appreciate it when others show care and concern for your wellbeing? Does criticism hurt more than you try to show? Perhaps you are an independent thinker and supportive towards others. Discover the strength in your behaviour, your invisible needs and how stress can show up in your communication.
Early in Dave’s career he co-founded Eagle’s Flight – a corporate training and consulting firm that revolutionized the business application for experiential learning to evoke human growth. Eagles Flight training is currently used by Fortune 500 companies in 25 languages and over 35 countries.
For 30 years Dave has been helping entrepreneurial leaders to be true to themselves and their unique strengths, and excel in careers that are exciting and engaging.
As a transformational coach and author, Dave has become aware of a deep vulnerability in leadership resulting from the pressure to follow what society labels “right behaviours”. Too many are struggling with their weaknesses instead of working from their strengths. Energy levels and performance effectiveness are suffering—so are good leaders and their organizations.
Dave has built his reputation on superb intuition mixed with candor and empathy, and an aptitude for building trust, collaborating deeply, and delivering practical wisdom.
“My clients”, says Dave, “Need clarity in the midst of massive change. I help them reach a new level of self-awareness. They learn how to source and manage their personal energy in order to fuel themselves and their teams. They start to look at everything differently, it literally changes the way they live their lives.”
In 2019 Dave founded It’s Your Lead Masterminds to increase the impact of his work. It’s YOUR Lead is designed and facilitated to powerfully catalyze the collective wisdom of authentic, inspiring and talented entrepreneurs to accelerate business and personal growth.