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Leadership Lessons: From the Eye of the Storm

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By Michelle Maldonado
Associate Vice Present of Corporate and Strategic Relationships, American Public University System

The path to authentic leadership often entails overcoming adversity. For TalentPlanet CEO Dr. Gregory Ketchum surviving Hurricane Katrina while stranded in New Orleans inspired him to reevaluate his own leadership strategy and convey the lessons learned to others. I recently met with Dr. Ketchum (commonly referred to as “Dr. Greg” by his clients and colleagues) to discuss his five principles of authentic leadership and how leaders can effectively apply them in their daily lives.

  1. Access, Trust and Act on Your Gut Instincts
  2. Learning to be a Leader is Fundamentally an Experiential Process
  3. Your Ability to Deal with Reality is Key
  4. Acknowledge and Understand Your Own Weaknesses to Develop Your Full Leadership Potential
  5. Never Hand Over Complete Responsibility for Your Situation to Authority Figure

In our discussion we covered lessons learned, what do do when leadership conflicts with organizational strategy, learning to be a leader throughout the process. Read on to learn more about Dr. Ketchum’s principles, and lessons learned in the APUS_Authentic_Leadership_Series.

About the Author:

Associate Vice President Michelle Maldonado leads the Corporate and Strategic Relationships team for American Public University System. Michelle is a former practicing attorney with more than 16 years of combined leadership experience in strategic partnership development and planning as well as talent development, coaching and mentoring of professionals across the education, technology, nonprofit and online media industries. Utilizing an authentic and consultative approach, Michelle currently works with corporate and industry organizations to form educational alliances that support overall talent management, leadership development and organizational growth strategies.

Leischen Kranick is a Managing Editor at AMU Edge. She has 15 years of experience writing articles and producing podcasts on topics relevant to law enforcement, fire services, emergency management, private security, and national security.

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