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Daphna Horowitz

Navigating the Leadership Labyrinth with Daphna Horowitz

Welcome to another insightful edition of my podcast, “Leadership Powered by Common Sense.” I’m your host, Doug Thorpe, and in this episode, we had the pleasure of hosting Daphna Horowitz, an executive coach and a beacon in the realm of leadership development.

From Numbers to People: A Journey of Transformation

Daphna’s story is a fascinating one. With a background as an actuary, she’s no stranger to the world of numbers and analytics. However, her path took an intriguing turn when she recognized a glaring gap in the corporate world—the chasm between technical expertise and genuine leadership skills. This realization propelled her into the world of leadership coaching, where she now thrives by helping others bridge this very gap.

The Leadership Gap: A Call for Authenticity and Self-Awareness

During our conversation, Daphna and I delved into the challenges that new leaders face. It’s a common scenario: skilled individuals are thrust into leadership roles, often without the necessary training or support. This “leadership gap” requires a significant mindset shift—from being an individual contributor to leading and empowering a team effectively.

Daphna stressed the importance of self-exploration and knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses. She believes that aligning personal values with one’s leadership brand is crucial for building a reputable and authentic presence.

Leadership in the Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably reshaped the leadership landscape. Daphna and I discussed how remote work and changing workforce dynamics have forced leaders to abandon traditional command and control approaches. Today, there’s a stronger emphasis on meaningful work and career growth, and leaders must adapt to these evolving expectations.

The Holistic Approach to Preventing Burnout

A critical topic we touched upon was leader burnout—a state that many have come perilously close to during these trying times. Daphna advocates for a holistic approach to well-being, encompassing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. She shared insights on maintaining balance and resilience, warning of the dire consequences of neglecting one’s well-being in a high-pressure environment.

Real-Life Lessons in Leadership

We also brought to light real-life examples, such as a former executive who faced burnout and chose to prioritize work-life balance, even if it meant stepping away from a demanding role. These stories serve as powerful reminders of the need for empathetic and self-aware leadership.

In Conclusion: The Heart of Effective Leadership

Throughout our discussion, it became clear that the essence of effective leadership lies in authenticity and empathy. As we navigate the complexities of the modern workplace, these qualities are not just desirable but essential.

I hope this episode has provided you with valuable insights into your own leadership journey. Remember, leading others begins with leading oneself, and that’s a path worth exploring with dedication and awareness.


Thank you for tuning in, and I look forward to bringing you more conversations that ignite your common sense in leadership. Stay tuned for the next episode of “Leadership Powered by Common Sense.”

Daphna works with leaders and teams across the globe to transform leadership effectiveness and workplace culture by digging deep into leadership habits of self-awareness, leading people, purpose, strategy, leading change and enabling extraordinary leadership in themselves and their teams.
Recent assignments across Africa, Europe, China and India include the following clients: Barclays Bank, Coca-Cola, Standard Chartered Bank, Hollard Insurance, Anglo American, Stratasys, Siemens, Medtronic, NMG.
Before establishing her coaching career, Daphna worked in insurance and consulting, quickly rising to Director level. She held the position of Lecturer at the two largest universities in Johannesburg while managing her own actuarial consulting company and corporate event management company.
Daphna is a published author of Courage to Lead: Leadership Lessons from Kilimanjaro and Weekly Habits for Extraordinary Leaders.

Daphna Horowit’s Website https://daphnahorowitz.com/
Podcast https://daphnahorowitz.com/leadership-podcast/Weekly Habits for Extraordinary Leaders

Courage to Lead https://www.amazon.com/Courage-Lead-Leadership-Lessons-Kilimanjaro/dp/1920292284

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/daphnahorowitz/
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@daphnahorowitzleadership
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/daphnahorowitzleadership/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/daphna.horowitz.9

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