Today I’m pleased to share with you an awesome conversation that Amir Ghannad and I had on The Transformative Leader Podcast. Amir is a leadership development specialist with over three decades of hands-on experience in leadership and organizational development, and the author of The Transformative Leader. 

Amir transitioned from his corporate career to his leadership development consulting practice, The Ghannad Group, in December 2016.

As a Registered Corporate Coach and an accomplished trainer of courses such as Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, The Speed of Trust, The Mind Gym, and many others, Amir has designed and delivered numerous customized sessions that have helped organizations successfully achieve results in a variety of business situations.

Amir wrote a wonderful introduction to our conversation that I’m honored to share with you.

I know from personal experience that the greatest obstacles we find to our success and fulfillment are most often the ones we bring with us. Especially at the highest levels of performance, it is almost always internal obstacles—mental roadblocks, limiting beliefs about ourselves—rather than external ones that truly hold us back from reaching our full potential. That’s why work like Michele’s, which focuses on developing holistic self-awareness and removing what we never even knew what was in the way to begin with, is so critically important. This is especially true for leaders and executives, because our hangups and foibles, trivial as they may seem, have an outsized influence on those depending on us for guidance. Which is all to say, I was really impressed with Michele’s work and her approach, and I know listeners will benefit from the insights she has to offer.

Some topics discussed in this episode include:

  • Michele’s journey to discovering and applying the power of neuroscience, cognitive behavior therapy, and so on, to executive performance and fulfillment.

  • How addressing dysfunctional behaviors and emotions involves shifting how we relate to the root events behind our negative beliefs and then disrupting the neural pathways that have arisen in concert with those beliefs.

  • The powerful role that our brain, thoughts, and emotions play in not only our performance at work, but also our physical health and general wellbeing.

  • How self-awareness, vulnerability, and openness are critical for increasing our capacity to be better leaders.

  • One of the most common disempowering beliefs that hold us back and what we can do to overcome it.

Listen to the episode HERE.