Listen to “Episode 49-Becoming a Servant Leader with Al Cini” on Spreaker

Al Cini is an innovator, influencer, and the creator of the Brand and Culture Alignment Tool Kit (BCAT) — a must-have tool that measures your team brand and culture as well as offer strategies to boost workplace productivity. He founded Computer Methods Corporation, a staffing recruiting, and project management company where he also served as CEO in 1980. Al is an expert in behavioral assessment, scientific selection and assignment, organizational development as well as professional and leadership development. He serves as a temporary faculty at LaSalle and Carnegie Mellon Universities and is a certified administrator and interpreter of several psychological instruments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Extended DiSC, and the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument. 

Al joins me on this episode to share why servant-leadership is a very powerful concept. He discusses the goal of the BCAT tool and redefines the duties and responsibilities of a manager as he points out where many leaders go wrong in the process of leading others. He shares what to do when you’ve earned somebody else’s trust and why he feels fulfilled by giving rather than by receiving or expecting something in return. 

“Management isn’t about getting people to do what you want them to do. Management is about working together with the people who report to you and helping them do the right thing.” – Al Cini 

This Week on Balance Boldly for Entrepreneurial Woman in Business: 

  • What makes a terrific interview 
  • The most powerful human emotions that’s essential in being a servant-leader 
  • What made Al decide to develop the Brand and Culture Alignment Tool Kit 
  • What management is and is not 
  • An advanced form of leadership that many leaders don’t pay attention to 
  • How he keeps momentum in the midst of all the life changes happening daily 
  • What his attitude is when dealing with all the chaos around him  
  • How he unapologetically cares for himself 
  • How others define the word “Now” and how he redefines it 
  • What the CEO Chat is about 

Key Takeaways: 

  • While service to others is definitely a part of servant-leadership, a collective service to a larger goal is what really makes the difference in getting anything done if you’re working with a bunch of people. 
  • People don’t resist change. They resist being changed. 
  • As soon as you tell people what to do, you lost the ability to lead them. 
  • Getting to know other people means asking open questions.  
  • If you are honestly curious about other people and how they feel and how they think, then that whole process of conversing with people — whether it’s in public or in private — becomes much easier.  
  • When you’ve earned the trust moment with somebody by finding out who they are and getting them to reveal something about themselves, you have to be careful not to ruin it by trying to take advantage of it and telling them what you’re trying to get. 
  • Generosity is something else when you expect something from it. 

A Little Gentle Honesty: 

  • Leadership 101 is people follow what you follow. 

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