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Challenging Traditional Notions of Soft Skills and Leadership with Stephen Shedletzky

  • By Diana Kawarsky, MA, CCP
  • June 13, 2023
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In this Soft Skills Salon podcast episode, Diana Kawarsky speaks with leadership speaker and coach Stephen “Shed” Shedletzky about soft skills and leadership. Shed emphasizes the importance of teaching and helping others to succeed in leadership roles, promoting from within, and building solid relationships through empathy. The conversation also touches on the difference between leadership and management, the importance of safe and effective use of self in building trust with others, and the need for deliberate courage to step into discomfort. Shed and Diana conclude that recognizing patterns and being open to feedback can lead to growth and success in leadership.

Today’s Selected Questions

  1. What does success leading others look like to you?
  2. Where have you seen or experienced empathy in your career?
  3. Do you use the term soft skills? If yes, why? And if not, why not?

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Diana Kawarsky, MA, CCP

Diana Kawarsky is President of The Soft Skills Group Inc. She is a senior training and development professional with over 20 years of experience in the delivery, design & consulting with Fortune 500 companies, Universities & Colleges in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia. Diana is a Certified Coaching Professional (CCP) working one-on-one, in-person and remotely, building individual success skills. She also holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is the author of two well-reviewed books: Soft Skills Volume 1 and The Soft Cs. In 2021 Diana attained the rank of #26 in Global Gurus’ “Top 30” in the Communication category. Top 30 Gurus, in their respective categories, are the “Cream of the Crop”, the World’s Top 30 most influential Professionals Speakers, Trainers and Consultants in their areas.