Gerardo Segat and Doug Thorpe

Embracing Vulnerability and Authenticity in Leadership: A Conversation with Gerardo Segat

Hello everyone, I’m Doug Thorpe, your host for this insightful podcast episode. Today, I had the pleasure of introducing my guest, Gerardo Segat, a successful entrepreneur turned coach, who shared his inspiring journey and valuable insights on leadership and company culture.

Gerardo Segat: From Entrepreneur to Coach

Gerardo’s story is one of resilience and determination. After losing his parents at a young age, he was driven by a desire to become a successful entrepreneur. His journey took him to Italy and Paris, where he studied business and eventually started his own small business. This venture grew into a 400-person operation with offices worldwide. However, in 2016, Gerardo felt a sense of being lost and decided to exit his business and become a coach. He created various coaching programs and formats, including a live performing arts show that combines performing arts with coaching.

The Importance of Embracing Emotions in Leadership

One of the key topics we discussed was the importance of embracing emotions in leadership. Gerardo shared an example from his experience with the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), where the number one reason for membership is now sharing emotions and being one’s true self. He believes that building skills such as self-awareness will be even more important in the future, especially with the advancement of AI.

I echoed Gerardo’s sentiments, sharing an example from my coaching work with an oil and gas company. The employees expressed a desire for their bosses to be more relatable, highlighting the need for human interaction at all levels of the organization.

Creating a Safe Space for Vulnerability and Authenticity

Gerardo emphasized the importance of creating a safe space for vulnerability and authenticity in the workplace. He believes that leaders at the top should lead by example, being authentic and vulnerable themselves. This behavior is contagious and encourages others to do the same. By creating a culture of openness and trust, there is increased cohesion, a sense of belonging, and ultimately better performance.

The Power of Apology

We also discussed the power of apology in remedying harm and unlocking creativity. Gerardo shared his experience of people writing apology notes to each other during his show, highlighting the importance of owning up to mistakes and showing sincerity.

Building a Company Culture

When it comes to building a company culture, Gerardo explained that they started building the culture from day one, even in a small office. The culture they created was key to the growth of the company. He also shared his experience with creating a culture of vulnerability and psychological safety within a board meeting, which had a profound impact on the participants.

The Power of Small Actions

Gerardo emphasized the power of small actions in making a big difference. He explained that by setting clear objectives and creating a comfortable environment, people are more likely to engage and participate. I shared my own experience of transforming a workshop setting by replacing traditional tables and chairs with easy chairs and sofas, creating a more relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

Closing Thoughts

In closing, I want to thank Gerardo for joining the episode and sharing his valuable insights. I encourage you all to visit the YouTube channel “Leadership Powered by Common Sense” for the video version of the episode. I invite feedback and suggestions for future topics or guest recommendations. And lastly, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Let’s make the most of this festive season and remember to embrace vulnerability and authenticity in our leadership roles.

Connect with Gerardo Segat

Following a wealth of experiences as entrepreneur, chairman and CEO, Gerardo is now a leadership coach whose purpose and legacy is to humanize leadership. He has created Preludes, a corporate coaching program, and Leaderness, a post-graduate training program, and he is currently working on Out As Humans, a performing arts show designed to humanize authentic leaders. Gerardo has been a member of YPO for the past decade and a serial chapter chair and founder there.

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