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Jerry Colonna on How Longing to Belong Influences Leadership

In this compelling episode of the Passion Struck podcast, I am thrilled to welcome Jerry Colonna, a seasoned executive coach and the CEO of Reboot. We discuss his new impactful book ‘REUNION: Leadership and the Longing to Belong,’ which shares profound insights on leadership in our divided world.

Our conversation delves into the transformative power of self-aware direction, creating inclusive environments, and navigating today’s leadership landscape challenges by understanding our longing to belong.

Join us as Jerry explores the journey of understanding one’s story and challenges, emphasizing the importance of introspection and vulnerability in building empathetic, inclusive communities.

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“If you grow up socialized to quote not be vulnerable, then you are in effect distancing yourself from your own heart.”

Jerry Colonna

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Jerry Colonna’s Wisdom on Fusing Leadership, Belonging, and Authenticity for Lasting Impact

In this insightful episode of “Passion Struck,” host John R. Miles engages with Jerry Colonna, CEO of Reboot and an acclaimed executive coach. They delve into leadership challenges in today’s divided world, emphasizing the importance of introspection and vulnerability. With his transition from venture capitalist to revered coach and author, Jerry offers a unique perspective on creating inclusive environments and the transformative power of self-aware leadership.

Drawing from his latest book, “REUNION: Leadership and the Longing to Belong,” Jerry discusses how self-inquiry and confronting hard questions can lead to systemic change. This episode explores the journey of understanding one’s own story and challenges and how this self-awareness can build a more inclusive, empathetic community.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Leadership and Self-Introspection: The importance of understanding one’s own life experiences and challenges in shaping an inclusive leadership style.
  2. Navigating Division with Empathy: Strategies for leading effectively in a polarized society by fostering environments where everyone feels valued and heard.
  3. The Impact of Unhealed Wounds: How personal traumas and unaddressed issues can influence leadership and workplace dynamics.
  4. Vision and Vulnerability in Leadership: The balance between having a clear vision and being vulnerable as a leader creates trust and a sense of belonging among team members.
  5. Systemic Change through Radical Self-Inquiry: Exploring how deep personal questions can lead to broader changes in leadership and organizational culture.

Dive into the world of authentic leadership with Jerry Colonna. Join me, John R. Miles, in this enlightening conversation. Tune in now!

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Othering’ Unveiled: Jerry Colonna’s Profound Insights on Leadership, Belonging, and Breaking the Cycle

In this captivating discussion, Jerry reflects on the responsibility of those with power to create a systemic sense of belonging. Drawing parallels to building a house on a weak foundation, he emphasizes the importance of knowing one’s own story as a fundamental step toward fostering empathy and connection. Through poignant examples, including the experiences of his fiancée in the Jewish community, Jerry sheds light on the challenges individuals face in embracing their true identities.

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The conversation takes a poignant turn as Jerry shares insights from his latest book, “REUNION: Leadership and the Longing to Belong.” He delves into the impact of self-inquiry and confronting hard questions, providing a unique perspective on how leaders can contribute to systemic change. The discussion touches on themes of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and anti-immigration sentiments, underscoring the urgency of feeling and addressing the pain of those who suffer.

Jerry’s vulnerability becomes a catalyst for change, challenging the notion of leadership as a dichotomy between fostering community and corporate competitiveness. Rejecting this false dichotomy, Jerry argues that leaders can make everybody feel they belong while remaining competitive and successful. Based on this information, John R. Miles introduces the concept of the “gardener leader,” exemplified by figures like General Stan McChrystal, emphasizing the power of leading without ego and prioritizing empathy.

As the discussion evolves, Jerry addresses the importance of leaders connecting with their own sense of belonging, encouraging them to understand their roots and experiences. The key takeaway is to foster empathy, recognizing that colleagues, peers, and stakeholders all seek love, safety, and belonging. Jerry concludes with an invitation to explore more through the Reboot website, where the limited edition podcast, “Reunion: Stories of Belonging,” offers diverse perspectives on the profound experiences of belonging and othering.

Thanks, Jerry Colonna

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  12. Want to learn the 12 philosophies that the most successful people use to create a limitless life? Pre-order John R. Miles’s new book, Passion Struck, which will be released on February 6, 2024.

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About Today’s Guest, Jerry Colonna

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Jerry Colonna, known as “The CEO Whisperer,” is a pioneering figure in leadership and executive coaching. As the CEO of Reboot, he guides individuals and organizations toward authentic leadership, emphasizing vulnerability and self-awareness. With a background transitioning from venture capitalist to acclaimed coach, Jerry is committed to breaking down systemic barriers and fostering positive change in the corporate landscape.

His latest book, “REUNION: Leadership and the Longing to Belong,” is a compass for leaders navigating the complexities of contemporary direction while addressing the fundamental human need for belonging. Jerry extends his impact through the “Reboot” podcast, encouraging leaders to embrace vulnerability and authenticity as they strive for genuine leadership.

Jerry Colonna’s journey goes beyond conventional leadership narratives, touching on empathy, inclusivity, and societal transformation themes. His story exemplifies the transformative power of introspection, inspiring individuals and organizations to cultivate resilience and a profound sense of belonging in today’s dynamic world.

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