Unlabeled Leadership

050: Virginie Lemay Stays Positive

April 28, 2021

I invite guests to share personal stories about small acts of leadership that help shape their lives. In Episode 50, Virginie Lemay shares a powerful story about choices and attitudes. She then describes a situation in which an employee’s opinion changes because of how she led. Virginie also advises us on how we can frame our leadership practices in practical terms.

00:00 Prologue

In addition to being an excellent salsa dancer (see acronym below), Virginie is a leadership trainer, consultant, and coach who speaks (and can train in) 5 languages: English, French, German, Dutch, and Italian. If that isn’t enough, Virginie is also the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Prospective Force in Luxembourg.

01:32 Part 1: Attitude and Health Linkage

We make several choices in our lives, and our attitude is one of them. Virginie shares a powerful story about attitude and how you choose to handle life-changing events.

09:58 Part 2: Gratitude from Leading Effectively

When we lead teams effectively – rather than just manage them – your team not only develops but can express gratitude for how you practice leadership. In this story, Virginie illustrates how one employee’s judgment about Virginie changed because of how she led her direct reports.

18:36 Part 3: Who Would You Follow?

Virginie shares practical advice about how we choose to lead.

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Episode links

Virginie’s LinkedIn Profile and website (with links to several blogs and videos)

Virginie’s book: My Revenge on Life

Blogs located at BIZCATALYST 360

Salsa: Succeed in the Adventures of Leadership and Self Assurance


About Darren Hardy


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: Uplift Corporate Inspire by OlexandrIgnatov

01:13 Spanish Classic Guitar by Dredstudio

09:40 Jazz Classic by 331Music

18:17 Classic Corporate by Enrize

20:29 Fun and Flirty by BrownHouseMedia


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