At the 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference, we had the chance to sit down with author and keynote speaker Daina Middleton to discuss her book and her involvement with Watermark. As a "big supporter of Watermark for many years," Daina said she felt honored to be opening up the Watermark Leadership Conference.
Daina shared the inspiration for her book, Grace Meets Grit: How to Bring Out the Remarkable, Courageous Leader Within: she watched a female CEO lose her job because her boss did not recognize her different decision-making approach. Daina set out to explore how different communication styles translate into different leadership behaviors.
In regard to her experiences as a female executive at companies like Twitter and HP, Daina acknowledged that gender is an example of a style difference that can present challenges in the workplace, and she emphasized the importance of building diverse teams from an individual and company standpoint.
Finally, Daina advocated understanding how different behaviors affect workplace situations rather than only undergoing sensitivity training.
Watch Daina's full interview here and check out our Facebook and Twitter for more exclusive looks into our 2017 Watermark Leadership Conference.