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Becoming an Authentic Leader with Lance Tanaka

Lance is the founder of the Lance Tanaka Group that provides executive coaching for the “best of the best” global and local companies in Asia, US, and Europe. He has accumulated over 17,000 coaching hours of 800+ executives.
He has published three books – Stories from the Top, Tend Your Garden, Dream and Achieve and the host of 2 podcast series – Tanaka in Three and Stories from the Top.

He has been a former executive in Pepsico for 15 years and Nike-Cole Haan for 4 yrs.

“If you feel like a victim, you will not be able to leverage your strengths & passion.”

Episode Summary –
Being the head of the business is exactly like being a ship captain; how you sail your business will define your success. You need to set examples for your team.
Leadership is not about giving instructions; it is all about influencing & motivating people.

Most people have a wrong notion that being a business owner makes them a successful leader, which is absolutely wrong. As a business owner, you might know what needs to be done, but it is your leadership skills that will show you how it needs to be done.
You can only grow your company once every team member is on the same page and you are leading from the front.

Your job as a leader is not to instruct but to do it.


Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
[02:10] Lance talks about his success journey from being a corporate employee to running a successful Leadership Consulting & Coaching business.
[06:14] Lance shares three tips on how to become a successful leader.
[14:03] Lance shares his greatest skillset that has helped him navigate from corporate life to becoming a successful business person.
[15:35] The foundational skillsets for becoming a successful leader.
[17:04] Lance talks about his most significant accomplishment.
[18:51] Lance talks about the biggest challenge he has faced recently on his business and how he sailed through it.
[25:38] What does working from your happy place mean to Lance?
[27:37] Lance’s advice on how to become a successful entrepreneur.
[32:09] Lance talks about the importance of understanding your business's finances.
[37:15] Lance talks about his new projects.


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About the Host –

Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster

She has been a professional speaker, mover, and shaker for more than 25 years. Having built three successful companies, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her “Four Pillars of Success” system.

Belinda has always had a passion and zest for life with the skill for turning dreams into reality. 

Over the last 20 years, she has been expertly building her speaking and consulting business, Step Into Success.


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