Unlabeled Leadership

024: Sherrie Niedermeier Connects with Her Teams

Feb. 25, 2021

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

In Episode 24, Sherrie Niedermeier illustrates the formidable effect that leadership has through her stories. She discusses the importance of friendship, caring for others, and maintaining congruency between thoughts and actions.

00:00 Prologue: Leading with Care

Sherrie is the Chief Learning Design Officer at Human Capital Institute (HCI). If you work for Sherrie, you’ll quickly learn that she has high standards for performance, but she’ll do whatever she can to ensure that you’re successful. Sherrie cares about the people she works with and wants everyone to excel in what they do, both personally and professionally.

01:21 Part 1: Friendships with Direct Reports

Sherrie tells a story about a boss at a previous organization. The boss complained to Sherrie that she was too close to her direct reports.

12:57 Part 2: To be a Fear Factor or to Care

If you manage a team, do you perceive the negative more than the positive or vice versa? Do you see them as people first and then employees or vice versa? Sherrie conveys a leadership story that relates to these questions.

20:17 Part 3: Striving for authenticity

Sherrie advises us to strive for authenticity and explains what that means.

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Episode links

Sherrie’s LinkedIn Profile

Human Capital Institute (HCI) has excellent resources

HCI pages: Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn

Harvard Business Review (HBR) article: How Apple Is Organized for Innovation

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

You can find all the musical tracks at Envato Elements.

00:00 Theme music: Inspiring Uplifting Corporate by mixer_drummer

01:06 Inspiring & Confident Pop by pinkzebra

12:41 Minimal Happy Corporate by pinkzebra

20:00 There's Hope by Olexandrignatov

23:53 Fun and Flirty by BrownHouseMedia


Lead on!

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