“I think that organizations have been waking up for some time now to the fact that leadership isn’t just transactional. It’s not just about getting people to do something; it’s really relational. Yet a lot of people in relationship roles inside organizations don’t really have the training or the support to establish those dynamic, productive and empowering relationships.” – Karen Kimsey-House

“Leadership” is a word that gets used often in the coaching and personal development industries, and today’s guest on Finding Brave not only shares the new definition of leadership, but also the basic coaching skills that are essential in order to be a impactful and effective leader.

One of the earliest recognized luminaries in the coaching profession, Karen Kimsey-House is the co-founder of CTI (The Coaches Training Institute) one of the largest coaching and leadership development companies in the world. Karen is also the co-author of Co-Active Coaching, the best-selling industry bible, now in its fourth edition and Co-Active Leadership: Five Ways to Lead.  On a mission of global, transformative change, Karen continues to lead CTI workshops and is a dynamic keynote speaker on leadership around the world.

In this episode, you’ll hear from Karen on why everyone is a leader, and how leadership starts with each and every one of us.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • The way Karen turned her vision into reality and formed what is now the largest coach training organization in the world [3:44]
  • Why coaching drives effective leadership and the relationship between the two [5:31]
  • What leadership is to her and why she says it’s for everyone [8:29]
  • Her advice for overcoming narcissism in leadership [12:53]
  • How the coaching industry has changed over the last decade and the core principles that CTI operates with [17:51]
  • One tip for how as coaches we can elevate what they do in the service of others [29:46]

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Resources Mentioned:

CTI’s Co-Active Coaching Training Program & Co-Active Leadership Experience

Karen’s Books, Co-Active Coaching: The Proven Framework for Transformative Conversations at work and in life & Co-Active Leadership:  Five Ways to Lead

Kathy’s interview with Karen in Forbes: If Your Values Clash With How You’re Working, You’ll Suffer

Kathy’s Amazing Career Project


“It comes from sharing that which you love and what is in your heart. That’s where it all starts.” [5:08]

“I think effective and great leading is about empowering people.” [7:21]

“People tend to think about leadership as being one-dimensional. It’s the person at the front, or it’s the person at the top. We feel that leadership is much more multi-dimensional.” [8:32]

“I tend to give people a real big benefit of the doubt, regardless of the presenting behavior. I find that it doesn’t always, but it often creates opportunity for openings that I never would have believed possible.” [14:00]

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” [Karen quoting Martin Luther King, 15:36]

“You and I are completely capable of holding opposing points of view while still loving each other like crazy, and respecting each other like crazy.” [25:47]

“Believe in yourself. Believe in the truth of your own heart. Don’t hand that over to other people to tell you what’s right, good, and true.” [29:53]

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