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What kind of leader are you?

You launch a product and it fails. As a leader, how do you solve this problem?

Before you opt out of this edition of Life fully loved by saying you’re not a leader because you’re not senior enough OR you don’t have direct reports, let’s get clear on the definition of a leader.

Leaders coach, guide, and inspire others to achieve goals. It’s not a title but a way of thinking and behaving. The best leaders recognize their own power and use it to empower others.

Start with the premise today: you’re a leader.

Leaders take many forms. You’ll find reams of information on leadership by taking only a cursory look. However, with all that information, a gap still remains: who you are informs what type of leadership style you adopt.

It’s easy to look externally at leadership trends, deciding which traits you want to emulate – or discard. Following a leadership model you like can bring comfort that you’re on the right track.

It’s harder to look within to identify what motivates you intrinsically. Saboteurs will tell you, “What if you’re ‘wrong?’ Do you think real leaders think and behave like you?” Easier to offload that internal examination, especially when those voices get loud.

Societally, I see a leadership narrative that seems narrower that human experience shows us as true. Certainly, I can report that as a former HR professional and now as a leadership coach, I have seen a spectrum of successful leadership behaviours from collaborative to independent.

I encourage spending less time fitting into a leadership mould and more time letting your natural leadership style develop, recognizing that you – and others – are perfectly adaptable. Humans are designed for adaptation, in fact!

Suppose you have an analytical stye of leadership. Returning to the topic at hand, the product launch and failure, you approach it with discipline. You are exacting in setting standards, skeptical, and calculating, so you want all the answers regarding why the product failed before taking further action. Is this the right approach to solve this problem? The answer requires further context.

As a leader, you may need to adopt a different approach based on the nature of the product, your industry, and the people on your team.

Perhaps you need to be a scholar with a high level of technical expertise to dig deep and understand a flaw within the product itself. Or perhaps you need to be an adapter who changes the product strategy to suit the currently understood marketplace.

Now layer in your team. What are their strengths? If you have a cheerleader on your team already, perhaps you don’t need to focus on building internal morale as much after the product failure. Or, if you have guardians on your team, you know they’ll do the right thing and will follow your plan because they respect and seek direction.

The world needs leadership and it comes in many forms. Find yours. Don’t get stuck in a model that doesn’t serve you. Create your own.

You are a leader in one or more aspects of your life: at work or school, as a parent or friend … even as a pet-owner.

The best way to build your leadership capacity is to feel empowered. You get it by developing self-awareness, identifying what’s important to you, and leading with your strengths. Once you feel empowered, you can empower others to find what fulfils them, to encourage them to use their talents as they were intended so they too may enjoy a meaningful life.

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Leaders know leadership isn’t about the product failure. It’s about how you deal with it.

You have to be open minded in order to grow. The coaching that Laura gave me opened my eyes to what and how I was doing things and allowed me to see the bigger picture. I am not done yet but I already see the changes in my everyday life.


I think coaching is a great way to help you clear your mind when you get stuck with overwhelming situations or when stepping into changes in your life.


Coaching is life changing. It pushes you outside your comfort zone and challenges your perspectives.  It is highly motivating and the exercises and techniques used are both fun and informative.  I think the main benefits of coaching are to see yourself, others and the world more clearly.  I think coaching is valuable to anyone regardless of where you are in your life or career.


I honestly never thought I’d need a coach. I thought coaching was for CEOs and industry VIPs. I didn’t think it was for the “little guys” (i.e. me). Now, I’m of the belief that everyone – yes, EVERYONE – needs a coach. Coaching has really benefitted me and I’m so grateful to have had that time with Laura. It’s changed my life!


Laura is very patient. She took the time to understand what was causing me to be stuck where I am today and help me build a better vision so I can continue to grow.


I think Laura’s coaching was what I had been waiting for. Laura was so approachable, kind, and open. Her willingness to help and support made a difference for me. I found in her coaching new strategies, ideas, and perspectives that I could incorporate into my goals and objectives that I didn’t see before.


Laura is an incredibly intuitive, positive and caring coach. Her techniques helped me recognize both my strengths and areas I might want to explore as I embark on the next chapter of my career. The exercises she employed were instrumental in providing self perspective and challenging my frames of reference.


Laura is a natural coach. Her probing and compassionate questions helped me learn about myself: my value system, interests, goals and strengths.


Coaching sessions with Laura gave me new perspectives on how to process specific feelings and situations in life.  She showed me how to sit with my emotions, acknowledge them, and then use visualization strategies to move through them.  I now feel more confident and in control of how I choose to walk through life.


From the beginning, Laura put me at ease, creating a safe, open space for me to talk and share freely without fear of judgement. I loved the variety of approaches she used depending on the topic we were working on and it was fun being able to try out things I wouldn’t have considered before! With Laura’s coaching, I substantially grew my confidence in the workplace, overcame fears, dealt with issues I’d been carrying around for many years and, most importantly, learned to value myself and define a path forward into the future.


Laura’s coaching was a breath of fresh air and EXACTLY what I needed at that point of my life. I didn’t realize how impactful coaching was going to be, but by the end of the sessions together, I left feeling refreshed, inspired and genuinely curious about what my future held for me. Because of Laura and her coaching, I believe I became a better person – someone who is more open-minded, someone with a clearer focus, and someone who is willing to explore opportunities and possibilities far more than I ever did before.


I engaged Laura for coaching as I took on an expanded role leading an asset management company in Canada. As a female, I knew I would be a role model and had high expectations of myself. I was feeling overwhelmed and anxious.

In our first few coaching sessions we worked through exercises that allowed me to reflect on my purpose, leadership style and what mattered most to me. I continue to be grounded by the clarity I achieve in my coaching sessions – allowing me to be resilient and confident when challenges came my way.