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PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast

Our job isn’t to convince people to do one thing or another. Our job is to understand. Our job is to respect. And as a leader of a company, that’s what we should do. I’m gonna encourage you to pick a side like I will pick a side, like I stand for certain values, but we’re going to honor everybody in that decision making process.

Jeffrey Hayzlett is a best-selling author, the CEO of C-Suite Network, and host of the All Business Podcast. He is perhaps best known as the primetime television host on C-Suite TV.

The following is a summary of Episode 127 of the Real Leaders Podcast, a conversation with the CEO of C-Suite Network, Jeffrey Hayzlett. Watch, read, or listen to the full conversation below.

Diversity of Opinion

Jeffrey speaks about the necessity of diversity in the workplace, but this goes beyond race or creed. He suggests businesses also pursue diversity of geography, education, and opinion. He explains that this more expanded version of diversity must exist alongside a more holistic view of inclusion as well. We don’t know what we don’t know, so having a wide range of knowledge and experience is essential to problem-solving and thriving.

“You’ve got to have the diversity and inclusion, which means you got to look for the diversity and the differences, but you’ve got to look to include people. And that goes as small as when you’re having a team meeting, call in the person that doesn’t do all the talking, call in the person who is an introvert, and get their thoughts.”

Listen to episode 127 on Spotify, Anchor, Crowdcast, and Apple Podcasts

Pick A Side

Jeffrey explains that picking sides has positive consequences, because doing so helps both individuals and companies understand what values they want to support and what values they are willing to stand for. Through garnering an understanding of one’s own values, opposing views are less likely to hinder progress or success. The key to building a healthy company culture — and even a healthy global culture — is for everyone to understand the side that isn’t their own. Jeffrey affirms that the companies that are values-driven do better business, have happier employees, and ultimately make a greater impact in their communities.

“Most of the leaders I know, don’t operate poorly, they operate with great fortitude and operate on a set of beliefs and values.”



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