Lolly Daskal is our guest in this episode. She is leadership executive coach, best-selling author and founder of “Lead From Within”. Lolly talked to our hosts Friederike Kara Vieten and Sammy-Miles Geiger about her purpose as a leadership coach, the ability to ask the right questions and why leaders are made, not born. She says: “Even though if you know what needs to be done (for example during a meeting), you have to engage in a dialogue.”

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(00:25) – Introduction

(02:07) -The power of books

(03:25) – Lolly’s task and aim as a coach

(07:00) – Leading from within as the core of leadership  

(18:56) – Are leaders made or born?

(25:18) – the nature of leadership education

(32:38) – Behind the logic of coaching

(41:02) – Lolly’s Tweet for the world

(44:44) – Outro

Further Readings

1) Lolly Daskal has said more about leadership than we can add here. But you can take a look at her webpage with her blog as well as her Linkedin, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Also read what she thinks about the “Leadership Gap” and listen to her Ted Talk in which she dives deeper into the topic of leading from within.

2) Lolly loves reading books because she get different perspectives from them. Before we talked to her, she reread the book “The Courage To Create”. Some reading tips from the World Business Dialogue team include: “Rest” by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, “Range” by David Epstein and “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” by Marshall Goldsmith.

3) Lolly points out that a good leader have to ask the right questions. The Harvard Business Review has written an article about “The Surprising Power of Questions.”

The answers for leaders are not external but internal and that they have to be discovered by continuous reflection and development.

The opposite from leading from within is leading with ego because by leading with ego, you don’t serve others.

Lolly must not tell leaders how to fix problems, but she has to help them to discover solutions by their own.

Therefore, asking the right questions is key for a coach.

Being a coach is not a formal position. A coach is everyone who supports people in thinking deeper about current problems. As a consequence, coaching is always a reciprocal partnership.

Becoming a leader is a continuous process that starts at an early age. Your first coaches are your parents and teachers.

Great leaders lead with character and authenticity, not with authority: They don’t tell other people what to do, but they inspire others with a common vision.

"A leader doesn’t tell people what to do, but engages others that they wanna be doing it."
Lolly Daskal
Leadership Coach, Author and Founder of Lead from Within