Leading with Clarity and Discernment with Bessi Graham

Bessi Graham is a leadership coach and award-winning entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience helping businesses bring clarity and alignment to their organizations. In this episode, Bessi shares the secret to achieving internal balance, and it starts with learning how to be a discerning leader. Bessi specializes in helping people understand and lead themselves before leading others. She believes that taking the time to pause and reflect is key to making effective decisions and having a positive impact. Listen in to learn why her best piece of leadership advice is to push back against action bias and instead pause to sharpen your axe.

Guest Info

Bessi Graham, CEO + Co-Founder - Benefit Capital

Bessi Graham is an award-winning entrepreneur with over 20 years experience working with business owners, governments, and large funding bodies to bring “doing good” and “making money” back together. From the grassroots of sitting in the dirt working with business owners in the Pacific Islands to the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Bessi has seen it all and brings an unparalleled perspective on what makes change happen.

Working with people who have “made it” but haven’t found fulfilment she helps them put their Time, Talent and Treasure to work in ways that align with their values and allow them to create a legacy they can be proud of. Bessi teaches people to quiet the noise of the demands and opinions of others and hear their own voice more clearly so they can contribute from a place of authenticity. She removes the frustration and pressure that comes from living someone else’s idea of success and replaces it with a sense of flow and fulfilment that can only come when you tap into the fullness of who you are and who you are becoming.

 

Show Notes

Key takeaways from this episode:

  • Take time to explore the duality of your strengths and how they can become liabilities
  • Making decisions with discernment and context is better than making decisions fast
  • Create strategies to quiet the noise of external demands and focus on your own voice

What to listen for:

[06:08] All strengths have a shadow side

[08:21] The importance of being a discerning leader

[18:07] Understanding the environment you’re working in

[21:46] Operating from a place of calm

[30:05] Honoring people for their uniqueness

[36:15] Bessi’s self-limiting story

[42:06] Quick questions with Bessi

[45:15] Bessi’s challenge to leaders for making a more human workplace

 

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