How to lead without personal transformation?


How to lead without personal transformation? In this Short Talk episode Judith Germain speaks to Aneace Haddad about whether it’s possible to have success in leadership without personal transformation. Aneace shares his background, including his career transition from being a tech entrepreneur to becoming an executive coach, and his recent family trip to Italy.

Key Takeaways

  • Personal transformation is essential for effective leadership, especially in today’s rapidly changing environment
  • Midlife brings physiological, neurological, and parental changes that necessitate adapting one’s leadership style
  • Instead of resisting change, leaders should become aware of and lean into the transformations happening in their lives


Aneace’s Background

  • Originally from the US, lived abroad for 40+ years (France, Italy, Singapore)
  • Transitioned from tech entrepreneur to executive coach after selling his company
  • Now focuses on coaching C-suite leaders, especially those in midlife

Leadership and Personal Transformation

  • Believes it’s impossible to lead transformation without being in transformation oneself
  • Change happens quickly now, so leaders must adapt their approach
  • In midlife, physiological changes (health, stamina), neurological shifts (memory, pattern recognition), and parental transitions force leadership style evolution

Leaning into Transformation

  • Resilience increases with age as people adapt to life changes
  • Leaders should become aware of the changes happening and lean into them, not resist
  • Mirroring often occurs between parenting stage and professional leadership approach
  • The key is embracing and allowing leadership to transform alongside personal life

In this conversation Aneace shares his view that in today’s fast-changing business environment, it is not possible for leaders to successfully guide organisational transformation without also undergoing their own personal transformation. He explains the three “winds of change” that he sees impacting leaders in midlife – physiological, neurological, and parental – and how these changes force leaders to adapt and evolve their leadership styles. 

Aneace Haddad is a seasoned C-Suite Executive Coach and Mckinsey-certified Senior Advisor with extensive experience. He is renowned for his global perspective and real-world insights.

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Aneace Haddad can be found on LinkedIn here. His website can be found here.

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