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Why is this leader laughing?

Because he’s a laughing leader.


What’s a laughing leader?

Very simply, a laughing leader is someone who is happy and productive in both work and life.

Allow me to explain.

There is a direct correlation between our internal motivation, passion, focus and zest for life and our corresponding results, be it in our personal or professional worlds. In other words, who we are impacts what we do and how well we do it.

If the end game is to get results in business and live a fulfilling life in the process, then the ultimate work for each of us is to learn to become the leader we were meant to be—in all facets of our lives—so that what people see on the outside is a mere reflection of who we are on the inside. We call this leading from within. And the way to lead from within is to become a laughing leader. It’s that’s easy and that difficult.

Becoming a laughing leader requires a commitment to self-improvement…on a daily level! Why? Because we impact the lives of everybody around us and we have an obligation to ourselves and to those people to role model the very attitudes and behaviors we expect from them.

Here are some of the characteristics of a Laughing Leader:

·      They are internally motivated

·      They have compassion for self and others

·      They view mistakes and failures and valuable insight toward success

·      They are authentic in word and deed…what you see is what you get

·      They value laughter and play

·      They are open to trying new things

·      They admit their mistakes and take responsibility to fix them

·      They laugh at themselves

·      They ask for help

·      They embrace the trials & tribulations of life

·      They practice work-life balance

·      They see problems as challenges waiting to be solved

·      They are supportive and present with others

·       They are transparent

·      They are quick to give credit where credit is due

·      They are committed to seeking and creating joy in life 

Who wouldn’t want to work for someone like this? Who wouldn’t want to have a friend or family member with these characteristics?

Well maybe they already do…and it’s YOU!


It’s important to note that I’m not talking about being a Laughing Leader periodically or when it’s convenient. I’m talking about showing up in life as a Laughing Leader, day-in and day-out.

I have to tell you…I’ve been teaching about personal and professional leadership practices and philosophies for over twenty-five years to corporate America and to hundreds of graduate students at the University of Denver and I’ve never been as excited as I am now to share with you this new paradigm…this new way of leading.

Do you want to be happier and more productive in work and in life?

Then stick with me. I have a lot of good stuff to share in coming weeks!


Why Leading From Within?

From the desk of Greg Giesen

I’ve been facilitating the Leading From Within workshop for 16-years now. Wow, seems like yesterday when our very first group joined me, Tim Lane and Kelly Coyle (Wyngarden) up at the YMCA in Estes Park back in 1998.

Do you ever wonder why the very first time resonates for you so much?

first lfw

I can still remember particular moments in that workshop like it was yesterday. Some still choke me up after 16-years just thinking about them, like the red curl. You see, Jimmy was a family owner of a business and very artistic. During that first Leading From Within, he was challenged by Kelly (who had red curly hair) to take a stand in his life and show up as the leader of his organization instead of as the facilitator (always trying to please everyone). On day 3 of the workshop when participants present their insights and visions to the group, Jimmy had painted a giant red curl to represent his breakthrough moment. That red curl is now framed and sits prominently in his high-rise office in downtown Denver.

And that is just one of a thousand stories I could tell you.

It is so amazing to me to see what happens when a group of adults come together, regardless whether or not they are from the same company, and form a support group that fosters authenticity, truth-telling, vulnerability, and love. I know, I said the “L” word, and it’s true. The whole point of Leading From Within is to break down barriers between who we think we need to be (our functional selves) and who we are (our authentic selves). This can only happen if the group field (the level of comfort and safety people feel when in the presence of their support group) is in place. And that’s my job…to create the space (group field) for people to do the work…their work.


I’m often asked, “But how does an experience like Leading From Within make me a better manager at work?”

That’s easy. When you’re clear on who you are as a person (and I’m talking about knowing your purpose in life, your passions, your core values, and what you desire your legacy to be), your foundation comes together. And it’s from this foundation where you define your management and leadership practices. Do you see the significance here? Who you are as a person and who you are as a manager become one. You’re the same person! The result is greater stability, consistency, and credibility in all facets of your life…because who you are on the outside is a direct reflection of who you are on the inside. Or, simply put, what you see is what you get, and that’s what Leading From Within is all about.


I can’t wait to also tell you about the birth of the Zen Leadership Institute and how powerful a resource it will be for each of you to become the leader you were meant to be…and in all facets of your life. Stay tuned for more.

For more information, inspiration and to register for our September 18th through 20th Leading From Within adventure CLICK HERE!