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“How can I be a true leader?”

Our award-winning coach, Kim Morgan, helps a young woman who has been promoted, but feels she needs to gain her colleagues’ respect

the life lab

ILLUSTRATION ANDREA DE SANTIS

COACHING SESSION

1 Define the problem

Katie* had recently been promoted to a senior executive role, but she felt that nobody in the team was taking her seriously as a leader. She had asked her manager for advice. He told Katie that there was nothing wrong with her work, but she needed to have more presence and credibility; more gravitas, in how she came across to others. Katie had come to me because she had lost confidence in herself and was desperate for help. ‘I don’t know how I suddenly get more gravitas,’ she told me. ‘I don’t even know what it is, let alone how I get it!’

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