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95. The Impact of Leading with Enthusiasm

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Culture of Leadership
95. The Impact of Leading with Enthusiasm



In this episode, my guest is world-renowned empowerment coach Donna P. Dahl, M.Ed.. Donna is the Chief Empowerment Officer of Donna Dahl Empowerment Coaching International. She’s a leading executive strategist who employs neuroscience-based coaching to disseminate skill development, empowerment, and engagement. She was named to the 2022 Top 20 List of Empowerment Coaches in the world and her work as a coach is being highlighted in a variety of publications online and in print. She is the author of several books including Lessons I Learned from the Tortoise, a five-star rated book designed to challenge the reader to consider mindful change.

You’ll hear Donna explain enthusiasm (which she defines as “Christmas pudding” with lots of different things in it), she discusses enthusiasm in a work environment and how it can be both positive and negative (if it’s not authentic), she shares some personal stories around the topic, relating to her role as a coach, and her “100% success rate.”  

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Discussion Points

  • Donna’s interest in enthusiasm – it’s personal for everyone
  • Dealing with enthusiasm as a leader
  • Passion vs. Enthusiasm
  • Can enthusiasm be taught? It can definitely be faked.
  • Measuring, quantifying, encouraging and developing enthusiasm
  • The recovery from a serious car accident – more compassion was a result
  • Successful outcomes from Donna’s coaching
  • Defining enthusiasm – “It’s like Christmas pudding.”
  • Enthusiasm and high performance
  • Positive feedback has made Donna a confident leader
  • 3 Key Takeaways: 
    • Leaders choose enthusiasm over apathy
    • Leaders have weekly performance one-on-ones
    • Leaders generate enthusiasm in others



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