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The Leadership Conversation series

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Ever wonder what makes a good leader in an ever-changing and increasingly complex world? Join us for reflections from 15 Deloitte leaders who are embarking on a journey to discuss leadership philosophy, challenges, and trends. Together, they will share a compelling and multifaceted story of what it means to be a strong leader today.

As we kick off the first conversation on leadership foundations, take a sneak-peak of what these leaders have to say. Then, read the full posts and join the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn with #LCS.

Conversation 1: Leadership foundations

Why are you so optimistic?

So…I guess that’s why I am an optimistic leader. There are so many examples of under-the-radar leadership around us every day—leadership that reminds me why I remain hopeful in humanity. Over the next few months, some Deloitte colleagues will share more posts like this in a series we’re dubbing as Deloitte’s Leadership Conversation Series (#LCS). As you read our posts, I hope you’ll see that leadership doesn’t look just one way or have one voice. Take a read of the different stories and acts of leadership we share—and don’t be surprised if you catch yourself feeling a bit more optimistic afterward too.

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Dan Helfrich
Federal Government Services leader

Changing leadership expectations

Possessing inherit traits such as ambition and emotional intelligence help people become leaders faster than their peers. There are also universal capabilities that leaders should develop over time through experience, education, or exposure. Influencing others, having sound business judgment, and being able to collaborate are skills that improve with repeated practice, experimentation, and reflection.

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Stacey Philpot
Human Capital principal

A personal reflection on inclusive leadership

As leaders, we have to encourage an open dialogue about inclusion by focusing on its value. To do so, I encourage every leader to measure their effectiveness by their ability to create an inclusive followership. The strength of your followership is measured by your thinking, your actions, and how you support and champion others to be successful.

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Mike Canning
Consulting principal

Core values and beliefs: A prerequisite to strong leadership

Leadership is both an innate attribute and a skill that can be developed. Like other coachable traits, it requires mentorship, dedication, and practice. To be truly great, you have to foster that spark inside that ignites when faced with new challenges. You have to be a leader and you have to desire to lead.

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Nishita Henry
Federal Technology Practice leader

Leaders are born and made

I was inspired by a bold demonstration of leadership by very young professionals who are just beginning their careers. These consultants executed strategic development and implementation seamlessly, while collaborating with Samagra, an Indian company, to enhance their mission of providing affordable and accessible sanitation services in poor, urban areas of India. It was the diversity of fresh perspectives of young, trained professionals married with the proven experience of the client’s executives that created unique value. As organizations begin to contemplate how they can accomplish their missions with greater impact, intentionally combining the creativity and experience of leaders at all levels and backgrounds will be essential.

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Kelvin Womack
Federal Leadership Solutions Service Offering leader

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