Use Uncertainty to Become an Exceptional Leader with Marc Pitman

Most of us believe that leadership is not for everyone. Also, very often, we doubt our ability to lead. My guest today challenges these perceptions about leadership through his most recent book. He demonstrates how to harness this doubt, uncertainty, and insecurity to develop into the extraordinary leader you were born to be. He has decades of experience leading organizations and teams. He is the CEO of Concord Leadership Group. His failures and successes compelled him to study leadership for over three decades, culminating in completing a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and certification as a Franklin Covey Coach. Marc Pitman, a CEO, author, personal & organization leadership expert, coach certification provider, leadership keynote speaker, joins with today’s episode of pursuit of learning to share his million worth wisdom and experience on leadership. 

Starting the conversation, he highlights the significance of focusing on our strengths rather than on what we lack. Also, he describes how his frustration with people not knowing about executive coaching ended up with his recent book – The Surprising Gift of Doubt: Use Uncertainty to Become the Exceptional Leader You Are Meant to Be. Besides his recent publication, he is also the author of Ask Without Fear!, which you can find in several languages, including Dutch, Polish, Spanish, and Mandarin. 

Marc assists leaders in leading their teams more effectively and with less stress by combining his ongoing education with his own experience. He is also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and a former member of Rogare’s Advisory Panel; a prestigious international think tank focused on fundraising. We discuss our own experiences with the evolution of leadership and the various forms of leadership during the chat. Throughout the interview, he brings up various topics from his works. Most importantly, he discusses the issue of using predefined templates in coaching rather than developing individualized ways to solve problems. Apart from that, Marc divides leadership into four quadrants and provides an in-depth explanation of each component in a mind-blowing manner. 

In the latter part of the conversation, we talk about numerous personal assessments, their validity, and the takeaways. Marc’s knowledge and enthusiasm captivate audiences worldwide, both in person and through online presentations. As a result, he has garnered attention from various media outlets, including The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Real Simple, SUCCESS Magazine, NBC, Al Jazeera, and Fox News.

[00:21] Important points – Marc discusses what motivates him these days and three points he wants to clarify to today’s listeners.

[04:44] Story Behind Surprising Gift of Doubt – Marc discusses his motivation for writing his recent book and the intended audience. 

[13:58] Privilege – Sharing his personal experiences, Marc delves into various comments in his book concerning white men in leadership roles.

[28:26] Coaching Templates – Marc outlines why it is vital to figure things out in coaching without a fixed template.

[36:36] Imposter Syndrome – Marc illustrates how imposter syndrome plays a silent part in our daily lives through everyday examples. 

[43:43] Four Quadrants – Marc categorizes leaders according to four quadrants. Additionally, he dives deeply into each quadrant. 

[58:45] DiSC – At times, we experience a great deal of stress. Marc explains one of the personality assessments he made in the book while noting that. 

[01:11:46] Enneagram Test – Marc provides an overview of the enneagram test and how it works. 

[01:28:31] Personal Assessment– Marc shares his views and experience about two personal assessments named Myers- Briggs and Strengths Finder.

[01:38:09] Magnet Goals – Mentioning magnet goals, Marc emphasizes the importance of goal setting.

Resources:

Connect with Marc: ConcordLeadershipGroup.com/

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/marcapitman/

Instagram: @marcpitman

Twitter: @marcapitman

Mentioned in the episode:

The Surprising Gift of Doubt: Use Uncertainty to Become the Exceptional Leader You Are Meant to Be: goodreads.com/book/show/56953397-the-surprising-gift-of-doubt?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=Qv57DpA0Cl&rank=1

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America: goodreads.com/book/show/32191706-the-color-of-law?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=J19bcVl6st&rank=1

Podcast: By the book: bythebookpod.com/

Podcast: From founder to CEO: fromfoundertoceo.com/podcasts/

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