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Becoming The Leader You Are Designed To Be with Shanna Hocking

Episode Summary –

So many of us feel conflicted and unhappy with the way we lead at work. Being the leader you were designed to be should not be a struggle.

It is an opportunity to let people see that you can love your work and family and use the skills you bring to positively impact the lives of people around you.

Leadership exists for others. It is lived on the inside and manifested in the action of our work. This means we need to know ourselves before we can lead with authenticity. We must understand what it takes to lead and be willing to play our part. We owe leadership a lot more than just showing up to give our best in our work. We should rise together by helping others and supporting our colleagues. That being said, we are not defined by our work and success alone.

Leadership, whether in fundraising, business, or any other area, is a happy place when you keep your focus on your “why.” Doing this will help you make meaningful progress in whatever you’re doing, and ensure that you’re doing it with the people with whom you share mutual respect, whom you value and who value you.

“Successful leaders are lifelong learners, and it’s something that we can all create for ourselves.”

In this episode, Shanna Hocking, leadership consultant, philanthropic advisor, and keynote speaker, talks about becoming the leader you are designed to be in your workplace. She also expounds on how you can find your breakthrough in fundraising and asking for funds to fulfill your mission.

Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
[02:50] Shanna shares her career journey, how she got where she is today, and how she is helping in her space.
[06:13] How to break through the struggles in your work environment, be the leader you are designed to be, and help your company’s culture thrive.
[08:57] Recognizing other women and why we need to take a stand on this to help others go down the path that we have walked.
[09:33] Three tips from Shanna on how you can start leading from where you are right now.
[13:24] Shanna's superpowers and skills that have helped her along the way and carried her forward.
[15:27] Shanna's most outstanding accomplishments in life that she is proud of and one of her biggest challenges and how she overcame.
[20:02] Shanna's advice to organizations that need to raise funds but have challenges asking for them.
[24:09] What does working from your happy place mean to Shanna?
[25:47] Shanna’s advice to anyone who wants to move in a new direction while still doing one piece of what they have been doing that they love
[31:04] Shanna shares the lessons that she learned from the pandemic and tips on how to move on instead of waiting for magical moments to happen.


About Shanna Hocking – 

Shanna is a leadership consultant, philanthropic advisor, keynote speaker, and the Principal of Hocking Leadership, an organizational leadership, fundraising, and philanthropic advisory firm. Through her experiences as a working woman and leader, she saw the need to support organizations and leaders in fulfilling their potential, which led her to found Hocking Leadership. Her clients include universities, national nonprofit organizations, global businesses, and family foundations.

Prior to founding her business, she spent 20 years in multi-billion dollar organizations, including the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Alabama, and Duke University, leading large teams and raising hundreds of millions of dollars. Shanna is the author of One Bold Move a Day, a forthcoming book on women's leadership, which will be published in November 2022 (McGraw-Hill). She is also a frequent keynote speaker and presenter (virtual, hybrid, and in-person) for companies, universities, and nonprofit organizations.

Shanna has spoken to groups at Google, Women Leaders in College Sports, BBYO, Temple University, Kent State University, NTT Data, and more. Her expertise has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Chicago Tribune, Business Insider, Today, NBC, The Muse, and Thrive Global, among others. Her articles have been published on Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Motherly, and Forbes.


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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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