For over 30 years, I have been in a corporate environment working with leaders.
For some of those years, I have been a leader. For some of those years, I have worked inside a corporation. For several other years, I have been an external consultant with my own business working with corporate leaders. For ALL of those years, I have been a leadership development professional and an executive/leadership coach.
In 2011, I had a personal ah-ha moment. After losing my husband, I came to realize that my life’s work was about loving myself unconditionally and teaching others to do the same. There was just one question that kept nagging me. I posed that question to a friend one night – “If my life’s purpose is to love myself and to teach others do it as well, why have I spent over 30 years in the corporate world?” Her response to me was simple – “Maybe that is where you are supposed to do it.” I feel really badly that I laughed in her face. In that moment, I could not imagine taking a message (which would absolutely be labeled as “touchy feely”) into a corporate environment. However… the thought would not go away. Since then, I have come to understand how heart-based leadership is actually an extremely powerful leadership strategy.
I have worked with some of the best leaders and some of the worst. Stories of toxic leaders and toxic work environments are everywhere. With every story I hear, I know that these individuals are struggling to love themselves and taking it out on other people. When you are able to love yourself, it is not possible to treat someone else poorly. I believe that very deeply. The first step is to treat YOURSELF in a way that is loving and strong. The next step is to translate that unconditional high regard, that love, into a leadership strategy.
There are stories of very successful corporations where leaders love their people and people love their jobs. Sadly, they are not in the majority. My focus at Flashpoint International is to help leaders excel by first learning to love and trust themselves, and then to translate that love into a leadership strategy. Neale Donald Walsch once said – “What if you lived your life as if love were the answer to every question?” I think the time has come to find out.
My resume’ will tell you that I have three college degrees, all from North Carolina State University:
- BA in Business Management/ Economics (double major)
- MEd in Adult Education (with a minor in training and development)
- MEd in Counseling (with a minor in developmental psychology)
I am also an ICF Certified Professional Coach – having graduated once from Coach U and again eleven years later from the highly acclaimed Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). I have more than 30 years experience (although I’m not always willing to say how many more than 30) as a leadership development professional and executive/ leadership coach. I have worked with leaders in the IT, Pharmaceutical, Telecommunications, Textiles, and Mortgage Banking industries. I have also worked with leaders in the non-profit arena.
You can get in touch with Stehphanie McDilda by phone at 919.521.5484 or by email using the contact form.