Dave Lukas Chats with Dov Baron
120: The "Soul" of Leadership with One of the World's Top Leadership Strategists, Dov Baron
This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is my good friend, Dov Baron. Dov is considered the leading authority on Authentic leadership and is one of INC Magazines Top 100 Leadership speakers. He’s been featured everywhere from Oprah to the Wall Street Journal and has been consulting, advising, and speaking on leadership for the last 30 years. He has spoken in front of everyone from Fortune 500 companies to the United Nations and the state department.
Dov is also the founder of Full Monty Leadership and the Authentic Speaker Academy on Leadership. He is a multi-time bestselling author and is the host of the Pursuing Deep Greatness TV show and the number one leadership podcast on Itunes, Dov Baron’s Leadership and Loyalty Show.
What I love most about Dov is that he doesn’t mince words, tells you how it really is, and gets results. So, he is just the person I wanted to speak to you about leadership and life on this show.
Full Monty Leadership
Dov was born into abject poverty in London in a ghetto. His mother shipped him off to rabbis because he had “visions” as a kid. He started studying spiritual works with the rabbis and then later traveled the world studying with spiritual masters from all different areas including Buddhism, Hinduism, and others.
He was very interested in psychology, but also studied quantum physics. In the 80’s he started speaking and had a knack for it. He was on TV, radio, newspapers. But, he was an adrenaline addict and In June 1990, while freeclimbing a rock face and fell from 120 ft. up landing on his face…or as he likes to say, he “fell 12 stories and landed on my ego.”
His life as he knew it was over and he went through a very deep, dark depression, had many reconstructive surgeries and came out the other side as what he is today.
Who is Shishu Sharma and what did you learn from him?
What is your biggest takeaway from learning this from him?
How did you get out of your depression after your fall and how did it lead to your understanding of authentic leadership?
Dov tells this story at the 14 min mark…
Your identity is not what you do, but your purpose…
At the 17 min mark, Dov answers the question, How do you teach people to find their true identity and purpose?
At the 20 min mark, Dov gives an exercise of how you can find your purpose…
What are the characteristics of a notable leader?
What creates loyalty?
What is the soul of leadership?
What does purpose matter more than profit?
What is the hero’s journey and how does it relate to this?
What are the elements of a great story?
At the 44 min, Dov tells the story of how he got into speaking…
“If you are going to be the best you possibly you can, you cannot do it by imitating someone else. Your hero’s journey lies in being truly yourself…”
Dov asks you, “What are your taboos? What is it that you don’t think you should talk about? Why? Are those hindering you and not letting you be who you are?
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