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For most women, when we are invited to study leadership the teachers, scholars, authorities and models are primarily… men. We are indoctrinated from the time we are born that men are the leaders and that natural male characteristics are the strengths you must also possess to be a good leader.

Powerful.
Strong.
Authoritative.
Direct.
Assertive.
Decisive.

These and so many more are attributes that are typically associated with the male model of a leader.

And so, for the better part of the last one hundred years as women have made their way into the fold, in a variety of leadership roles, we have learned and studied to walk the way of a men to achieve success.

Women dismiss their own knowing because we’ve been so indoctrinated in male leadership models.

We dismiss what we know for what others tell us to be and how to be seen.

There is another way to lead.

To be in alignment.

To not feel like an imposter.

It’s time for the reimagining of leadership. That’s not to disparage any of the progress that has come before us. Progress is progress. For those of us who stand in the footsteps of the women who came before us we are here because of their courage, bravery and resilience.

I wonder instead if women equally looked to the characteristics they learned from their mothers for leadership. I wonder if we were taught to lean on different qualities to drive success. I wonder what might happen then?

The traditional qualities of mothering are communication, nurturing, listening, strength, support, grace, and yes… love.

What if to be the best leader you can be as a woman, you integrated the best of both?

This is how women will stand with integrity in their role as leaders.

As women, we can be assertive, direct, powerful, and authoritative but we need not only rely on those attributes for success.

After 25 years of watching and studying leaders, I can tell you that for sure many traditional male attributes are effective in the short run, but they typically only serve a few. Whereas, when leadership is feminine. When the leader possesses the strengths of femininity and grace the results are for all.

This podcast is my like my gentle request and invitation to my fellow female leaders that we reclaim the world leadership as one that is a feminine definition. That we continue to work with all of our allies to build organizations and systems that include more support, collaboration, grace and communication. And that we do so not because we are uncomfortable with the more traditional male-dominating models, but because we truly do know that leadership is a feminine strength and attribute.

And the world needs more of us leading. Now more than ever.

Leadership is Feminine Kris Plachy

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    • 4.9 • 212 Ratings

For most women, when we are invited to study leadership the teachers, scholars, authorities and models are primarily… men. We are indoctrinated from the time we are born that men are the leaders and that natural male characteristics are the strengths you must also possess to be a good leader.

Powerful.
Strong.
Authoritative.
Direct.
Assertive.
Decisive.

These and so many more are attributes that are typically associated with the male model of a leader.

And so, for the better part of the last one hundred years as women have made their way into the fold, in a variety of leadership roles, we have learned and studied to walk the way of a men to achieve success.

Women dismiss their own knowing because we’ve been so indoctrinated in male leadership models.

We dismiss what we know for what others tell us to be and how to be seen.

There is another way to lead.

To be in alignment.

To not feel like an imposter.

It’s time for the reimagining of leadership. That’s not to disparage any of the progress that has come before us. Progress is progress. For those of us who stand in the footsteps of the women who came before us we are here because of their courage, bravery and resilience.

I wonder instead if women equally looked to the characteristics they learned from their mothers for leadership. I wonder if we were taught to lean on different qualities to drive success. I wonder what might happen then?

The traditional qualities of mothering are communication, nurturing, listening, strength, support, grace, and yes… love.

What if to be the best leader you can be as a woman, you integrated the best of both?

This is how women will stand with integrity in their role as leaders.

As women, we can be assertive, direct, powerful, and authoritative but we need not only rely on those attributes for success.

After 25 years of watching and studying leaders, I can tell you that for sure many traditional male attributes are effective in the short run, but they typically only serve a few. Whereas, when leadership is feminine. When the leader possesses the strengths of femininity and grace the results are for all.

This podcast is my like my gentle request and invitation to my fellow female leaders that we reclaim the world leadership as one that is a feminine definition. That we continue to work with all of our allies to build organizations and systems that include more support, collaboration, grace and communication. And that we do so not because we are uncomfortable with the more traditional male-dominating models, but because we truly do know that leadership is a feminine strength and attribute.

And the world needs more of us leading. Now more than ever.

    How to Know if it's Time to Quit | S05E04

    How to Know if it's Time to Quit | S05E04

    Finding the right people to work, especially in the last couple of years, has become very tangled. People have started new businesses, closed businesses, changed jobs, juggled an ever-changing job landscape… and so on. While experts in fields have become more scarce, many entrepreneurs have had businesses explode before they are even ready. And thus, they need help but it has been rather chaotic.
    The frustration of finding enough good people has become very real. Business owners are finding what they’re seeking for their business is no longer matching what those who are skilled want. So does that mean it’s not going to work? Is it time to hang it up? Or is it time to approach and frame things differently?
    “First of all, our clarity in how we design roles is critical… I need people who can think about what to do and they can actually do it... I have to hire strategists that also produce.” – Kris Plachy
    What You’ll Learn Where have all the experts gone? Segmented help People who actually know how to execute The need to develop expertise Identify potential Contact Info and Recommended Resources FREE PASS WEEK! Join me for 5 days, the week of October 10, for a series of business-building calls. It's your FREE opportunity to work on real issues you’re facing as a female business owner! Register today at  krisplachy.com/freepass.
    Connect with Kris Plachy Reminders: Work with Kris! How to CEO Join Kris’ email list for valuable content by heading over to krisplachy.com and dropping your name in the signup box! Get How to CEO DIGITAL! This course is available for all entrepreneurs looking to increase their business mastery. Access includes weekly Q&A calls for additional help. CEO Immersion: Five full days of complete immersion during which you’ll be coached and advised, and you’ll develop every team system you need to have in place to build an amazing team. You, and your person that helps you with all this (your Ops person), will leave with everything in hand, built, documented, ALL ready to implement. It will be a week of not just learning about how to do things but having everything developed so you can implement immediately. (The week will be scheduled in October 2022 and take place in Sacramento, CA. You must be at 7 figures to join because the complexity of your team is important for this exercise.) CEOImmersion.com. Website: How to CEO Email: hello@krisplachy.com Linkedin Instagram Facebook Pinterest Medium

    • 23 min
    How to CEO Instead of Being a CEO | S05E03

    How to CEO Instead of Being a CEO | S05E03

    Is CEO a noun or a verb? You may have never contemplated that question but the differences it implies are significant. What do you think of, what comes up for you internally, when you hear the word CEO? Do you have a visual in your mind of a particular person? A functional role? A personae? A specific vibe?
    As we continue on our path of new and of change this season, I want to challenge your brain and your default thinking. CEO is an acronym that has, for decades, been a very masculine term and title. And, as such, has been difficult for some women to embrace. But what if we viewed “CEO” not as a noun, but rather a verb? What if it is about actions you’re taking to put your magic out into the world, to allow that magic of a business you’ve been kissed with to grow and expand? 
    “Whatever you choose to call yourself, my goal is always that it instills a little discomfort. And it invites you to a new level of gravitas, a new level of presence, and a bigger, bolder – but also authentic – voice in leadership.” – Kris Plachy
    What You’ll Learn Changing your voice and presence Implications of the term CEO Gravitas and out of the weeds Impairing growth in the moment Power and presence of CEOing Contact Info and Recommended Resources Connect with Kris Plachy Want to be coached live by Kris for an upcoming episode? Send an email to hello@krisplachy.com and we’ll send you a questionnaire to fill out.  Chosen listeners get a free coaching session with Kris and are kept anonymous. 
    Reminders: Work with Kris! How to CEO Join Kris’ email list for valuable content by heading over to krisplachy.com and dropping your name in the signup box! Get How to CEO DIGITAL! This course is available for all entrepreneurs looking to increase their business mastery. Access includes weekly Q&A calls for additional help. CEO Immersion: Five full days of complete immersion during which you’ll be coached and advised, and you’ll develop every team system you need to have in place to build an amazing team. You, and your person that helps you with all this (your Ops person), will leave with everything in hand, built, documented, ALL ready to implement. It will be a week of not just learning about how to do things but having everything developed so you can implement immediately. (The week will be scheduled in October 2022 and take place in Sacramento, CA. You must be at 7 figures to join because the complexity of your team is important for this exercise.) CEOImmersion.com. Website: How to CEO
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    • 14 min
    The Difference Between a Visionary Leader and an Operational Entrepreneur | S05E02

    The Difference Between a Visionary Leader and an Operational Entrepreneur | S05E02

    Can you be a successful entrepreneur but not a visionary? And vice versa, can you be a successful visionary but not really an entrepreneur? Perhaps before you can answer those questions, you must first decide: Are you an entrepreneur, a visionary, or both? And, most importantly, how does leadership fit into it all?
    As we continue this brand new season (Season 5) of Leadership Is Feminine, I invite you to ponder these questions with me. Often, as business owners, there are questions we don’t think to ask ourselves but find if we did, we’d learn so much and find immense magic in the answers. To that end, I want to explore the difference between a visionary leader and an operational entrepreneur. Is being an entrepreneur simply the operational expression of the visionary? What is the value of being a visionary? Let’s dive in.
    “When you’re a real visionary, when you really, really do see things other people don’t see, and you believe in the possibility of what you see that doesn’t exist yet, you have the potential to change the world with your vision.” – Kris Plachy
    What You’ll Learn Earmarks of a visionary vs an operational entrepreneur Shift in perspective Your ideas are the asset Leave survival thinking in the past Investment in yourself is never a waste Contact Info and Recommended Resources Connect with Kris Plachy Want to be coached live by Kris for an upcoming episode? Send an email to hello@krisplachy.com and we’ll send you a questionnaire to fill out.  Chosen listeners get a free coaching session with Kris and are kept anonymous. 
    Reminders:  Work with Kris! How to CEO Join Kris’ email list for valuable content by heading over to krisplachy.com and dropping your name in the signup box! Get How to CEO DIGITAL! This course is available for all entrepreneurs looking to increase their business mastery. Access includes weekly Q&A calls for additional help. CEO Immersion: Five full days of complete immersion during which you’ll be coached and advised, and you’ll develop every team system you need to have in place to build an amazing team. You, and your person that helps you with all this (your Ops person), will leave with everything in hand, built, documented, ALL ready to implement. It will be a week of not just learning about how to do things but having everything developed so you can implement immediately. (The week will be scheduled in October 2022 and take place in Sacramento, CA. You must be at 7 figures to join because the complexity of your team is important for this exercise.) CEOImmersion.com.  
    Website: How to CEO Email: hello@krisplachy.com Linkedin Instagram Facebook Pinterest Medium

    • 18 min
    People Pleasing and Controlling Leaders | S05E01

    People Pleasing and Controlling Leaders | S05E01

    Why do I say yes when I really want to say no? Why do women, more often than men, gravitate toward people pleasing? I found myself asking these questions and thus pondering: What do I think I’m accomplishing when I’m so agreeable? What am I actually accomplishing? To take it a step further, I pondered the reverse: What am I actually accomplishing when I’m being more controlling?
    As we start Season 5 of Leadership Is Feminine, I want to focus on a time of change and some decompression from the pressures we’ve all been under. One definite source of pressure as leaders is people pleasing, as is the opposite, which I term people depleting. This is when people are demanding and controlling, so they themselves can be the one pleased. An interesting fact is that we can find ourselves on either side, depending on the issue and circumstances. But no matter what side we’re on, we can help mitigate the resulting pressure when we better understand people pleasing and controlling as leaders.
    “You’re saying yes… not to please the other person. You’re saying yes… because you don’t want to experience your own discomfort of saying no… So who are we really pleasing in the moment? And are we really pleasing anybody?” – Kris Plachy
    What You’ll Learn People pleasing and people depleting Who we’re really pleasing Delighting people instead Pleasing ourselves through control How either approach affects our business Taking personal responsibility Handling our own discomfort Contact Info and Recommended Resources Connect with Kris Plachy Want to be coached live by Kris for an upcoming episode? Send an email to hello@krisplachy.com and we’ll send you a questionnaire to fill out.  Chosen listeners get a free coaching session with Kris and are kept anonymous.
    Reminders: Work with Kris! How to CEO Get FREE help for managing stress:  krisplachy.com/overwhelmed. Join Kris’ email list for valuable content by heading over to krisplachy.com and dropping your name in the signup box! Get How to CEO DIGITAL! This course is available for all entrepreneurs looking to increase their business mastery. Access includes weekly Q&A calls for additional help. Website: How to CEO Email: hello@krisplachy.com Linkedin Instagram Facebook Pinterest Medium

    • 18 min
    Quiet Quitting for Small Business | S04E14

    Quiet Quitting for Small Business | S04E14

    There’s a current phenomenon called “quiet quitting”. As business owners, we need to be aware of trends like this because they can potentially affect us. In particular, this approach to life is being promoted by Gen Zs but anyone could jump onboard with it. 
    So what exactly is “quiet quitting” and how can small businesses prepare for its possible impact? In this episode, I explore generational differences, the quiet quitting movement, post-pandemic mental health, clear expectations, having regard for others, and more. How does this all tie together and what might it mean for you and your growing business, lovely CEO? Let’s talk about it.
    “We do have the least prepared workforce… I do not say that to be disparaging. I say that because that is true... There is more responsibility now than ever on employers to help people learn what it means to work. And also to work with balance.” – Kris Plachy
    What You’ll Learn  Generational differences The quiet quitting movement Post-pandemic mental health Honesty, clear expectations, and quality communication Find balance and lead well because we need each other Contact Info and Recommended Resources Connect with Kris Plachy Want to be coached live by Kris for an upcoming episode? Send an email to hello@krisplachy.com and we’ll send you a questionnaire to fill out.  Chosen listeners get a free coaching session with Kris and are kept anonymous. 
    Reminders:  Work with Kris! How to CEO Get FREE help for managing stress:  krisplachy.com/overwhelmed. Join Kris’ email list for valuable content by heading over to krisplachy.com and dropping your name in the signup box! Get How to CEO DIGITAL! This course is available for all entrepreneurs looking to increase their business mastery. Access includes weekly Q&A calls for additional help Website: How to CEO
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    • 19 min
    Who to Hire in the Messy Middle of your Entrepreneur Journey | S04E13

    Who to Hire in the Messy Middle of your Entrepreneur Journey | S04E13

    If you’re juggling the questions of “When should I hire?” or “Who should I hire?” – let me help guide you. The answers to those questions are completely tied to the answer to a question that should come first. That is, “What phase of growth is your business in?”   
    This episode idea sprouted from help I’ve been giving to many regarding hiring and two recent Live Coaching with Kris episodes. As we navigate what I call the “Messy Middle” in building an entrepreneurial business, we need help but getting the right kind of help, at the right time, is absolutely crucial. If you hire the incorrect people during the a phase, you can actually lose touch and control of your own business. Please don’t let that happen. Let’s talk about who to hire in the messy middle of your entrepreneur journey.
    “Learn how to manage. Anybody could work for you then. It’s fine. If you learn how to manage. But otherwise, you set yourself up where you don’t have control of so much of your business.” – Kris Plachy
    What You’ll Learn  Phases and stages of business Correct help in the Messy Middle Correct help in the Established Phase The quagmire of improper outsourcing Hiring right at the right phase Contact Info and Recommended Resources Recommended previous episodes regarding hiring: Cautionary Tips When Hiring Employees from Corporate Culture  Should I Hire a Friend?  What Position Should I Hire First for My Growing Business? Hiring the COVID Candidate Connect with Kris Plachy Want to be coached live by Kris for an upcoming episode? Send an email to hello@krisplachy.com and we’ll send you a questionnaire to fill out.  Chosen listeners get a free coaching session with Kris and are kept anonymous. 
    Reminders:  Get FREE help for managing stress:  krisplachy.com/overwhelmed. Join Kris’ email list for valuable content by heading over to krisplachy.com and dropping your name in the signup box! Get How to CEO DIGITAL! This course is available for all entrepreneurs looking to increase their business mastery. Access includes weekly Q&A calls for additional help. CEO Immersion (aka  How to CEO LIVE!) Five full days of complete immersion during which you’ll be coached and advised, and you’ll develop every team system you need to have in place to build an amazing team. You, and your person that helps you with all this (your Ops person), will leave with everything in hand, built, documented, ALL ready to implement. It will be a week of not just learning about how to do things but having everything developed so you can implement immediately.
    The week is scheduled for late August, in Scottsdale, AZ. You must be at 7 figures to join because the complexity of your team is important for this exercise.
    Get in on the CEO LIVE Immersion:  CEOImmersion.com
    Work with Kris: How to CEO Email: hello@krisplachy.com Linkedin Instagram Facebook Pinterest Medium

    • 22 min

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