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The Soul (and The Science to Prove It) of Great Leadership

“People follow people, not ideas” – Dr. Kathy Cramer

My guest on the latest addition of the More Human Podcast is Dr. Kathy Cramer, who has created and dedicated her life to what she calls asset-based thinking (ABT), a way of looking at the world that helps leaders, influencers, and their teams make small shifts in thinking to produce extraordinary impact.

As a business consultant, she has worked with clients such as DuPont, Prudential Real Estate, Starbucks, and Microsoft, as well as many educational and non-profit organizations.

She’s also a psychologist, has written nine books, including the best-selling Change the Way You See Everything, which started the ABT global movement. Her latest book, Lead Positive: What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say & Do, shows leaders how to increase their effectiveness through Asset-Based Thinking.

Highlights from our (all too short) fascinating chat include:

  • Kathy’s definition of great leadership
  • Why Asset-Based Thinking is a great advantage for leaders
  • Training our brains to overcome our natural negative bias
  • The effectiveness of the “5 to 1 Principle”
  • Why a “mighty cause” is so important to effective leadership
  • The brain’s “mirror neurons” and what that means to a leader
  • How a leader needs to stimulate their team’s reward pathways (for the dopamine rush)
  • Why great leadership needs to have a soul (and there’s science to that too)
Dr. Kathy Cramer

Kathryn D. Cramer, PH.D.
Founder and Managing Partner, The Cramer Institute