EP. 27 The Leadership Ceiling No Leader Wants to Face

Team Anywhere Leadership Podcast

Mar 1 2021 • 33 mins

In today’s episode, we interview Lexy Thompson, author of the recently released book, The Power of a Graceful Leader. In the book, Lexy shares strategies to break through the ceiling that many leaders don’t want to face to reach higher levels of engagement and success. This ceiling involves deep, introspective work that demands a different mindset. Lexy lays out three common barriers that must be overcome to align who we are with how we lead.

In this episode, Lexy lays out three common barriers that must be overcome to align who we are with how we lead. She uncovers the secrets of gratitude practice, the alignment of values with future goals, and several applicable tips for moving into “graceful leadership.”

Components of Graceful Leadership

After decades of working with executives, Lexy has identified three barriers leaders face that feel like a leadership ceiling. These barriers are flow, integration and alignment. When leaders can make it through these three barriers, they can achieve a leadership style Lexy calls Graceful Leadership.

Four Reasons Why Leaders Aren’t Willing to Do the Work to Get to The Next Level

Many leaders reach a leadership ceiling and tend to stop where they are at for four common reasons.

  • Doing the Work is Inconvenient
  • Doing the Inner Work is Painful
  • Doing the Inner Work is …Work
  • Diving Deeper can be Risky

Four Leadership Tips for 2021

1. Start a Gratitude Practice

2. Use the skill of Curiosity to Discover the Real Truth

3. Be Gentle with Yourself & Be Willing to Look Within

4. Listen to Your Intuition Before You Act

About Lexy Thompson

Alexsys Thompson wrote the book The Power of a Graceful Leader, as a testament to her own leadership journey, as well as the journey of hundreds of other leaders. For Alexsys, the tipping point came when she established her gratitude practice and spent a decade refining it. Today, developing a gratitude practice is a key element of her work as a board-certified executive coach. Alexsys also serves as adjunct staff for The Center for Creative Leadership and is a member of the Forbes Coaching Council. She authored The Trybal Gratitude Journals, curated a collection of short stories called Gratitude 540, and is building a retreat center in Vermont that will be a “safe space for souls to show up.”