Behavioural science expert and master coach Carolyn Stenhouse says tackling limiting beliefs empowers leaders to go from good to great.

Most of us use only a fraction of our real capacity, according to Stenhouse, and for most people, that is enough. “Exceptional leaders do more, they want more, and the way they get that is to know themselves and their people,” she said. “This is not an easy discipline to master. But great leaders need to be great with people. That’s key to servant leadership, to authentic and compassionate leadership, to excellence in leadership.”

Stenhouse gained her knowledge when she worked at one of the top government agency for several years, before founding and running one of Scotland’s leading consultancies for 15 years. She was known by the United Kingdom’s government as a person to rely on when addressing sensitive and challenging situations. These days, Stenhouse works with executive and senior leaders, middle managers and ambitious individuals with unique challenges and goals. She spends time speaking and working with teams and individuals at a senior level. “I’m a Scot who enjoys the cutting edge of the great poet Robert Burns,” she said. “One of his famous verses, translated, says ‘Oh the gift it would give us, to see ourselves as others see us’.”

Stenhouse says somatic patterns impact how others see, hear and feel about us. “Often these perceptions are driven by our own sub-conscious mind,” Stenhouse said. “It might be the sound of your voice that grates; the way your eyes narrow when you focus, or that negative resting face.”

According to Stenhouse, the starting point is to change how you think. “Achieve positive impact, and you will be well on your way to the kind of influence to want.”

Stenhouse will be in Brisbane in May as part of the Corragio Advisory Board Program.

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