Unlabeled Leadership

009: Tanae Wolfman Leverages Collaboration

Jan. 21, 2021

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I invite guests to share personal stories about small acts of leadership that help shape their lives.

In Episode Nine, Tanae Wolfman describes how she leads without authority, how she collaborates to build trust, and what she does to keep herself grounded to her guiding principles.

00:21 Prologue: Stewardship through Small Acts

I tend to think about stewardship as big acts. Tanae’s stories teach me to reconsider the practice of stewardship. The word means to take care of something, such as a group or property. I tend to think of it as the act of giving back to strengthen a profession. Tanae does this through multiple small acts at the individual level.

01:55 Part 1: Don’t Hesitate and Learning Outside Your Comfort Zone

Tanae explains how a Human Resource director’s advice to not hesitate encouraged her to act in unfamiliar ways. Doing so meant accepting a level of discomfort that enabled her to learn and develop professionally. To develop substantially, we need to step outside our comfort zones.

08:44 Part 2: Creating Opportunities for Others to Lead

Improving how people work together should be a shared responsibility. Tanae describes how she created opportunities for anyone to voice how teams and cross-functional groups evolve.

13:45 Part 3: How Will You Show Up Today?

At the beginning and end of the day, Tanae reveals the technique that enables her to reflect and revisit her guiding principles.

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Episode links

Tanae’s LinkedIn Profile

Gary DePaul's website

Gary's books:

   What the Heck Is Leadership and Why Should I Care?

   Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership


Background Music

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00:00 Theme music: Inspiring Uplifting Corporate by mixer_drummer

01:40 A New Door Opens by pinkzebra

08:27 Make Me Smile by simming

13:27 This Cool Jazz by EightBallAudio

18:05 Fun and Flirty by BrownHouseMedia


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