How to Use Adversity to Lead More Authentically – in Just 7 Minutes with James Kelley

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  • Lessons on compassion, integrity, relating with others, and the power of compassion.
  • Importance of showing your authentic self as leader and businessowner
  • Why diversity is so important in our lives


Dr. James Kelley’s path is still being built brick by brick and the current brick is a book: The Crucibles Gift: 5 Lessons from Authentic Leaders Who Thrive in Adversity. The book unpacks the journey a leader takes to become more authentic, starting with their crucible. Against the laws of nature and human belief, in 2010, Dr. Kelley completed his Ph.D. in International Marketing at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia and ascended to higher education.

In this episode of Marketing the Invisible, Dr. James shares how to use adversity to lead more authentically and create an authentic work culture that begins with embracing the best in what is perceived to be the worst.

Check out these episode highlights:

  • 01:25 – all about Dr. James Kelley
  • 03:03 – James describes his ideal clients who lack their authenticity
  • 03:15 – James defines how he helps his clients develop the 15% of your authentic self
  • 04:26 – symptoms his clients experience when they are not showing their authentic selves
  • 06:36 – common mistakes his clients do when they haven’t got to their authentic self and haven’t got a genuine solution yet
  • 07:45 – James’ Valuable Free Action (VFA): Have a compassion pyramid.
  • 08:27 – James’ Valuable Free Resource (VFR):
  • 09:04 – James’ Valuable Free Tip (VFT) – Read the book: Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement

Tweetable Takeaways from this Episode:
“If someone who is struggling with their adversity, they really then are lacking their idea to be compassion, the idea of integrity of the relationships. So you got to access where you are in that equation to know where you have to improve or… Click To Tweet
“When you are leading a team, they can see through it.” – @kelleyjamesb Click To Tweet
“Leaders struggle with integrity. One aspect that they talk about is to follow through. They do a lot of 'do what I say, not as I do'. And that becomes an ineffective tool to actually leading a team.” – @kelleyjamesb Click To Tweet
“The compassion pyramid is all about the premise of each individual being compassionate towards their co-workers. And in general, it builds up an organization and creates a productive, supportive, healthy environment.” – @kelleyjamesb Click To Tweet

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