Embracing the Art of Conversational Leadership with Poet and Consultant Libby Wagner

#podcast podcast May 23, 2024

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As leaders, how can we foster courageous conversations amongst our teams? Libby Wagner, a poet, author, speaker, and business consultant, shared her insights into how the principles of poetry can intertwine with the world of business, transforming how we communicate, lead, and connect in the workplace.

During our conversation on the Dominate Your Day podcast, Libby shared with me that her journey from academia to entrepreneurship was not a conventional one. With a background in teaching English and literature, she found herself drawn to the power of words and the profound impact they can have on individuals and organizations alike. After the death of her sister led her to reassess her priorities, she embarked on a new path, venturing into the world of business consulting with a unique perspective shaped by her experiences as a poet and educator.

One of the key insights Libby shared in this episode was the importance of courageous conversations in the workplace. Drawing on her background in poetry, she emphasized the need for authenticity, empathy, and vulnerability in our interactions with others. In a world where conversations are often reduced to transactions, she advocates for a deeper, more meaningful approach—one that honors the humanity of all involved.

But how do we bridge the gap between poetry and business? Libby believes that the answer lies in fostering a culture of connection and creativity. By embracing our innate capacity for storytelling and expression, we can unlock new possibilities for innovation and collaboration. Whether it's crafting a compelling narrative for a brand or facilitating dialogue within a team, the principles of poetry offer tools and techniques you can draw upon.

Central to Libby's philosophy is the concept of conversational leadership—a paradigm that prioritizes dialogue, listening, and engagement as the cornerstones of effective leadership. Through her work with the Institute of Conversational Leadership, she has helped countless leaders cultivate the skills and mindset needed to navigate today's complex and ever-changing business landscape.

As we look to the future of work, Libby sees a shifting landscape shaped by demographic changes, technological advancements, and evolving societal norms. As traditional boundaries between work and life are increasingly blurred, she advocates for a more holistic approach—one that recognizes the interconnectedness of our personal and professional lives.

By embracing the art of conversation, we can create workplaces that are not only more productive and profitable but also more humane and fulfilling. In a world where words are often used as weapons, she reminds us of their power to heal, inspire, and transform.

As leaders, let’s remember that the greatest conversations are not just about what is said but also about what is felt and understood. In the intersection of poetry and business, we find not only a path to success but also a path to meaning, connection, and growth.

Episode Minutes:  

  • 3:00 — The Art of Courageous Conversations in Leadership
  • 14:00 — Building Trust and Engagement in the Workplace
  • 35:00 — The Importance of Meaningful Conversations

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