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John Baldoni: What It Takes to Lead with Grace When the Heat Is On

Episode 91

About John Baldoni: John Baldoni is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and author of 16 books that have been translated into ten languages.

John’s thought leadership is reflected in his writing as well as his choice of media: columns, videos, and books. John also integrates piano improvisations into his keynotes which he illustrates with his still life photos. As the host of LinkedIn Live’s GRACE under pressure interview series, John has interviewed more than 200 global business, academic, and thought leaders and doers.

John’s books include Grace Under Pressure: Leading Through Change and Crisis; Grace Notes: Leading in an Upside-Down World; GRACE: A Leader’s Guide to a Better Us; MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership; Lead with Purpose; Lead Your Boss; and The Leader’s Pocket Guide.

Thinkers 360 named John the No. 2 Thought Leader in Coaching in 2023 and a Top 10 Thought Leader for both Leadership and Management in 2022. Global Gurus ranks John a Top 15 global leadership expert, a list he has been on since 2007.


In this episode, Jordan and John discuss:

  • Infusing grace into leadership

  • Compassion and self-care

  • Expressing your empathy

  • Why grace is important

Key Takeaways

  • When in crisis, effective leaders take care of their people, they take care of themselves, and they plan for the future. The key is to infuse that framework with grace. Leaders must let their people know that they have their back.

  • Compassion is all about recognizing the pain and suffering that others experience and helping to alleviate that if possible and appropriate. In the pursuit of that compassion, many leaders neglect to care for themselves. However, in order to continuously support others, a leader must give themselves compassion, grace, and care as well.

  • Compassion is the expression of empathy. When you see somebody in need or in pain, what you decide to do about the situation is truly what counts. Be present for people and offer your support.

  • Grace is essential for recognizing the better nature of others and overcoming prejudice, as it allows us to see beyond our own self-protection and threat responses.

“The easiest thing that well-intentioned leaders do is take care of their people because leadership is other-directed.” — John Baldoni

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Jordan Goldrich

Your host, Jordan Goldrich, grew up in a loud New York family and once lost an executive position because of his style. He is co-author of the Amazon Best Seller, Workplace Warrior®: People Skills For The No-Bulls**t Executive, Chief Operations Officer, Master Corporate Executive Coach, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His guests are part of his international network of Workplace Warrior® executives, master corporate executive coaches, and thought leaders. Each guest will engage you in conversation about their successes, mistakes, and solutions. You will get strategies for being completely authentic, while you fulfill your commitment to your organization, build positive relationships, and take performance to an even higher level.

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