Entelechy's President Terence Traut Featured Leadership Keynote Speaker

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Entelechy's president, Terence Traut, spoke at the 2014 Leadership Kickoff in Dallas, TX on the Seven Truths of Leadership. He outlined truths about leadership and leadership development that transcend situation or leadership level – these seven truths apply to all leaders.

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The last truth really hit home. Learning how to lead has changed not only how I manage, but it’s also changed how I interact with my family – it’s changed my life!

Terence Traut, president of Entelechy, Inc. – creators of the world’s most effective customizable leadership program – spoke recently at the 2014 Leadership Kickoff conference held at the Gaylord Conference Center in Dallas, TX.

Speaking to a crowd of hundreds of senior leaders, Terence outlined seven truths about leadership and leadership development that apply to all leaders regardless of the situation, industry, or level in the organization. These seven truths – drawn from leadership gurus Entelechy has worked with over the years – included:

1. Be Authentic – According to Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic, authentic leaders are committed to a purpose or a mission; who live by their values every day and who know the true north of their moral compass. They lead with their heart, not just with their heads, and have compassion for the people they serve.

2. Create a Team – Building off of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, all leaders need to surround themselves with people who can argue with you and question your assumptions. As leader, you need to connect with team members and share credit for successes.

3. Question Everything – Professor Henry Mintzberg calls them half-truths, but regardless of the name, leaders need to be healthy skeptics and look beyond hype and crises to base decisions on facts.

4. Execute – Love him or hate him, Jack Welch – former CEO of GE – was right about focusing on performance and contribution. The role of a leader is to link organizational vision to individual contribution … and then enable individuals to contribute.

5. Don’t Drink Your Own Kool-Aid – Executive coach Marshall Goldsmith speaks of the “success delusion” caused by a lack of subjective feedback the higher one climbs in an organization. Effective leaders create a process for gathering objective, honest feedback about their impact on individuals and the organization.

6. It’s Your Ship; Take Command – Former captain of the USS Benfold, Mike Abrashoff speaks of the importance of taking command. When in charge, take command. And whether you’re a Patton, a MacArthur, an Eisenhower, or a Nimitz, taking command is job #1.

7. Be Deliberate – USC professor and The Father of Leadership, Warren Bennis, states that effective leaders are – above-all – deliberate. They have tools and techniques they can deploy based on the situation and use them with forethought.

+ Leadership can be Learned – Terence added this “bonus truth”, relating to his 21 years of providing leadership and management development to hundreds of organizations training thousands of leaders – leadership skill can be learned.

The audience responded to Terence’s presentation with a standing ovation that lasted several minutes. One audience member stated simply, “The last truth really hit home. Learning how to lead has changed not only how I manage, but it’s also changed how I interact with my family – it’s changed my life!”

Terence Traut is president of Entelechy, Inc., creators of Unleash Your Leadership Potential, a customizable, client-owned leadership/management development program that is revolutionizing leadership development. For more detail about Entelechy’s Unleash Your Leadership Potential program, visit Entelechy’s website at http://www.unleashyourleadership.com.

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