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Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Create Contagious Cultures: Presence, Purpose, Passion, and Positive Energy


Dr. Maynard Brusman, Consulting Psychologist
San Francisco Bay Area Executive Coach
Emotional Intelligence & Mindful Leadership Development Workplace Expert

Helping innovative companies and law firms develop emotionally intelligent and mindful leaders


Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Create Contagious Cultures

Anese Cavanaugh's inspiring book “Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization that Thrives”is filled with wisdom written in a style where her wise insights vibrate with intention and positive energy. It was such a great learning experience to have so much fun reading her creative, inspirational yet pragmatic book.

Whether you call it charisma, confidence or compelling leadership, executive presence is the new corporate “it” factor. Presence comes from within. Your mindset creates the platform from which you speak, act and express emotions.

Effective leaders are confident, energetic, empathic, inspirational, credible and authentic. In Anese's words, they create contagious cultures in innovative and high-performing organizations.

Presence starts deep within you: with intentions, self-knowledge and self-confidence. Connect with your people to find common goals and mutual benefits. Use empathy, trust and connection to motivate and inspire others.

Intentions drive and create executive presence. All the polish and coaching in the world won’t make up for your thought patterns, habits, assumptions and actions.

As Anese writes in her exceptional book, at the core of leadership is connection with others. The relationship you have with your followers determines how effectively you’ll influence them toward desired outcomes. If you foster trust and empathy in your relationships, you’ll no doubt build higher-quality connections.

Self-knowledge separates leadership presence from self-centered charisma. You need to understand your values and ensure your actions conform to them (words and deeds). Only then can you inspire others to act similarly.

Presence, Purpose, Passion and Positive Energy

Few leaders talk openly about their core values and guiding purpose. Your executive presence depends on how you communicate your intentions and purpose, as well as how you spend your energy and enthusiasm.

Finding the right balance of competency and humanity, reaching out to others, building trust and expressing empathy leads to stronger executive presence and growth as a leader worth following.

Most executives believe they communicate well, but they tend to overestimate their abilities. The more frequently you speak to values and higher purposes, the more others will follow your lead.

When leaders recognize a higher purpose and their companies’ potential to make a difference in the world, they ignite passion in their people and achieve stellar performance.

Passion starts with purpose. Smart leaders clearly articulate the “why” of their business enterprise.

Igniting passion starts with defining your personal and company purpose: your beliefs, values, passions, principles and connection to the company’s mission. Passion is contagious—an energy force that encourages goodwill and collaboration. Ignite passion and diminish negativity by frequently talking about purpose and values.

After reading “Contagious Culture”, I could feel my energy become even more vibrant. I continue to share the tons I learned with my emotional intelligence-based executive coaching and mindful leadership development clients. They have paid it forward with their people cascading the learning throughout their respective organizations.

The desired outcome is building more collaboration, better interpersonal communication and improved performance in a purpose-driven full-engagement culture.

Conscious leaders practice self-reflection, and create an attitude of gratitude. They tap into positive energy and generate optimism about future possibilities. “Contagious Culture” will provoke, support and guide you through the process. I would say that's contagious!

Are you working in a company where executive coaches provide leadership development to help leaders create contagious cultures where people and organizations thrive? Does your organization provide executive coaching for leaders who need to build a company culture built on trust? Transformational leaders tap into their emotional intelligence and social intelligence skills to create a more fulfilling future.

One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself is “Am I a conscious leader who inspires individuals and organizations to achieve their highest potential, flourish at work, experience elevating energy and achieve levels of effectiveness difficult to attain otherwise?” Emotionally intelligent and socially intelligent organizations provide executive coaching to help leaders create a culture where respect and trust flourish.

Working with a seasoned executive coach and leadership consultant trained in emotional intelligence and incorporating assessments such as the Bar-On EQ-i 2.0, Hogan Lead, CPI 260 and Denison Culture Survey can help leaders create respectful company cultures. You can become an inspiring leader who models emotional intelligence and social intelligence, and who inspires people to become fully engaged with the vision, mission and strategy of your company or law firm.

Working Resources is a San Francisco Bay Area executive coaching and leadership development firm helping innovative companies and law firms develop emotionally intelligent and mindful leaders.

...About Dr. Maynard Brusman

Dr. Maynard Brusman

Consulting Psychologist and Executive Coach|
Trusted Advisor to Executive Leadership Teams
Emotional Intelligence & Mindful Leadership Development Expert

I coach leaders to cultivate clarity, creativity, focus, trust, and full engagement in a purpose-driven culture.

Dr. Maynard Brusman is a consulting psychologist and executive coach. He is the president of Working Resources, a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm. We specialize in helping San Francisco Bay Area companies select and develop emotionally intelligent leaders. 

Maynard is a highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader. He facilitates leadership retreats in Northern California and Costa Rica.

 “Maynard Brusman is one of the foremost coaches in the United States. He utilizes a wide variety of assessments in his work with senior executives and upper level managers, and is adept at helping his clients both develop higher levels of emotional intelligence and achieve breakthrough business results. As a senior leader in the executive coaching field, Dr. Brusman brings an exceptional level of wisdom, energy, and creativity to his work.” — Jeffrey E. Auerbach, Ph.D., President, College of Executive Coaching

The Society for Advancement of Consulting (SAC) awarded rare "Board Approved" designations in the specialties of Executive Coaching and Leadership Development.

Are you an executive leader who wants to be more effective at work and get better results?

Did you know that research has demonstrated, that the most effective leaders model high emotional intelligence, and that EQ can be learned? It takes self-awareness, empathy, and compassion to become a more emotionally intelligent leader. 

Emotionally intelligent and mindful leaders inspire people to become fully engaged with the vision and mission of their company.  Mindfulleadership starts from within.

I am a consulting psychologist and executive coach. I believe coaching is a collaborative process of providing people with the resources and opportunities they need to self manage, develop change resiliency and become more effective. Utilizing instrumented assessments - clients set clear goals, make optimal use of their strengths, and take action to create desired changes aligned with personal values.

I have been chosen as an expert to appear on radio and TV, MSNBC, CBS Health Watch and in the San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time, Forbes and Fast Company.

Over the past thirty-five years, I have coached hundreds of leaders to improve their leadership effectiveness.

After only 6 months, one executive coaching client reported greater productivity, and more stress resiliency helping her company improve revenues by 20%. While this may depend on many factors most of my clients report similar satisfaction in their EQ leadership competence leading to better business results.

You can choose to work with a highly seasoned executive coach to help facilitate your leadership development and executive presence awakening what’s possible. 

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