Erin Hatzikostas is the founder and CEO of b Authentic Inc, which offers several programs promising to train leaders to be authentic, accessible and effective. Prior to launching b Authentic inc, Erin spent 22 years in the corporate world, including serving as the CEO for a large health financial company. Both then and now, she strives to bring honesty and humility to corporate leadership.
In this episode, Erin discusses her lengthy career in the corporate world—including becoming a CEO in her early 40s—and explains why authenticity is making a comeback in leadership.
THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS EPISODE:
(2:09) – Erin breaks down what b Authentic Inc does and how her experiences in the corporate world led her to found it.
(4:38) – Why is being authentic so difficult when you would think it would come naturally and easily?
(5:59) – Erin’s examples of CEOs and leaders who actually do a good job of being authentic.
(7:01) – How Erin was able to become a CEO at such a relatively young age for the profession.
(11:20) – How Erin’s father influenced her adaptive and creative managing style.
(14:28) – Why getting into the right place first is more important than getting into the right role.
(18:21) – Erin’s method for balancing her various roles working up the chain to CEO.
(23:13) – Another, lesser known issue that’s holding women back from excellent in the workplace.
(27:54) – Erin plays Rapid Fire and dishes out her most important piece of advice.
“Until we can get enough role models and give people that permission to be themselves they’re just gonna keep following what they see.”
“My rule is: as soon as you get comfortable, find something that’s gonna make you 50% uncomfortable.”
“Networking isn’t it for me. It’s about connections.”
“Every time I interacted with somebody new, I saw it as an opportunity for a new connection.”
“My angle is really more about giving people permission and changing the job instead of trying to change the people to fit the job.”
b Authentic inc homepage – https://www.bauthenticinc.com/
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