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Authentic Servant Leadership

  • Seven Core Leadership Competencies
  • Finding Simplicity On The Other Side Of Complexity
  • Building Trust For A Competitive Edge
  • Leadership Game Filming Strategies

Hardwired to the Heart

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What kind of leader do we want to be? What’s the most effective style of leadership? How can we bring our authentic selves into our workplaces to build trust and empower our teams?
Over a storied thirty-eight-year career in leadership positions and as a credentialed life coach, Mike Barnes has always been in the pursuit of continuous improvement at being an authentic servant leader. By striving to always learn, show the courage to be vulnerable, and to serve those around him with mindfulness and intentionality, his goal was to consistently build trust and empower the teams he served to achieve more than they ever thought was possible.
Hardwiring your beliefs to your heart and then expressing them through careful actions in the workplace is the key, treating your peers and subordinates as people first and coworkers second.

The Commitment To Being Real, Genuine And Caring

Robert Greenleaf, the founder of the servant leadership movement, describes servant leaders as individuals with the natural inclination to serve. Such people make a conscious choice to lead to serve rather than to gain power or acquire material possessions. They work to serve their organizations and teams through characteristics such as listening, empathy, building relationships, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, commitment to individual development and building a community.

Mike Barnes

Leadership Coach

Mike Barnes

Mike served as Executive Vice President / Chief Revenue Officer in the exciting beverage alcohol industry for 38 years. While serving the industry, he was a member of  numerous brewer distributor councils as both a member and an eight year chairman of Heineken USA’s council. He was also a member of the National Beer Wholesalers Association Board of Directors. He has achieved leadership certifications from Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching and the Stagen Integral Learning Program. He is also a Certified Life Coach from the Life Coach Training Institute. Mike recently started Barnes Leadership and Strategy Coaching.

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