Monday, June 17, 2024


Last fall, I featured an inspiring series here on my blog called, "Fall Back to Reading Series." Nearly 30 leadership, marketing, and customer experience experts participated and shared their favorite books and their thoughts about the importance of reading.

Joseph Lalonde, one participant, wrote a book entitled, REEL LEADERSHIP, which focuses on nontraditional ways to think about leadership. After I read the book, the seeds for this "Spring Leadership Series" were planted. Today, I'd like to introduce Gloria Miele, and following a brief introduction, Gloria shares some nontraditional ways to think about leadership!

Gloria M. Miele, Ph.D., is a leadership development and executive coach, trainer, consultant and speaker who has been helping people reach their goals for over 25 years. Her mission is to inspire leaders and their teams to create strengths-based professional environments that increase the engagement, emotional intelligence, and success of an organization and its people. She has designed, developed, and delivered learning programs for organizations that include the National Institutes of Health, StoryCorps, Columbia University, NYU, UCLA, Oregon Health Sciences University, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Gloria is also extremely involved in the community, committed to causes that support local business, education, the arts, and the empowerment of women and girls.

QUESTION: Which TV show or TV series showcases leadership in a memorable way? This could be due to a specific character and their actions, a series of events, the plot of one or several episodes, or a specific time reflected in history.
GLORIA MIELE: In an alternative timeline, imagine a leader at NASA in the 1960's and 1970's. In this timeline, JFK is not assassinated, and during his two terms in office, invests mightily in space exploration. Think about the astronauts and their families, space command, and the highest levels of government and science.

Imagine a diverse mission team with women and men of all races: skilled, cooperative, and effective. This is what leadership looks like on the Apple+ show FOR ALL MANKIND, a science fiction series where the global space race takes its course in an alternate timeline. The timeline evolves so that there is colonization of the moon in the 1980's and Mars in the early 21st century. This is a world where a woman astronaut becomes the head of NASA, then the President of the United States in the 1990's.

We know that a more inclusive workforce is good for business and an organization's bottom line. I like to think that having women involved in this timeline has contributed to the expansion of space exploration. I love how the series captures the impact of women leaders in science and space, their cooperation, expertise, and resolve propelling forward the nation and the world.

SHARE THIS: A more inclusive workforce is good for business and an organization's bottom line. ~@GloriaMiele #SpringLeadershipSeries #DebbieLaskeysBlog

QUESTION: Which film (and in this case, also works of fiction) showcases leadership in a memorable way?
GLORIA MIELE: A film based in fiction that showcases leadership in a memorable way is THE LORD OF THE RINGS series. No matter what race - human, hobbit, elf, dwarf, or the great wizards like Gandalf - they all have room to lead. The fellowship is the ultimate team, drawing on the strengths and talents of each character to tackle a near impossible challenge on an epic quest for the greater good. The king, Aragorn, is courageous, mission-driven, ruggedly handsome, strong yet empathetic, warm, and connected. And each character, as diverse a crew as you could get, brings their best to destroy the ring in the battle for middle earth. They each step up to lead, demonstrating that even the smallest among us can have a big impact.

SHARE THIS: Even the smallest among us can have a big impact. ~@GloriaMiele #SpringLeadershipSeries #DebbieLaskeysBlog

QUESTION: Which product, or product line, stands out as a symbol of leadership - and also serves as an embodiment of an industry leader?
GLORIA MIELE: A brand or product line that stands out as a current industry leader is FOR DAYS. With its mission to end fashion waste through textile recycling, For Days has a unique business model with the goal of keeping clothing and unwanted textiles out of landfills.

Sponsored by the United Nations, the For Days Take Back bag program and innovative marketplace are brand leaders that provide consumers with a sustainable solution to get rid of their unwanted clothing.

Emerging as a leader in the green economy, For Days is leading a revolution in cleaner fashion, engaging young shoppers with a rewards program, and offering novel solutions to address the long- term environmental impact of fast fashion.

Did these questions open your eyes to thinking about leadership in nontraditional ways? That was the hope. My gratitude to Gloria for appearing on my blog, and for sharing her leadership insights.

Image Credits: Debbie Laskey, iStockphoto, Amazon, and Classroom Clipart.

Connect with Gloria at these links:

Links shared by Gloria:
Women are Good for Business:

To learn more about For Days:
United Nations Partnerships page:

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