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All-in-one Meeting Guide

Centered Leadership Part 3: Connecting


The Centered Leadership model will help you lead with impact, resilience, and fulfillment at work and in your life. There are five parts to Centered Leadership: Meaning, Framing, Connecting, Engaging, and Energizing. Watch “Introduction to Centered Leadership”.

In Connecting, the focus of this meeting, we learn to build trust and form relationships that enable us to have greater impact. Feeling connected is the key to sustained fulfillment.

Meeting Goals

  • Identify your relationship best practices and the mindsets that limit you
  • Develop a strategy for cultivating and/or deepening a relationship that is important to you
  • Increase trust in your Circle

Pre-Meeting Prep

Meeting Agenda

100 min (based on 10-member group size)

  • 1


    20 min

    Warm up, catch up, and get going

  • 2

    Activity 1: Key Takeaways

    5 min

    Review the core concepts of the “Connecting” video

  • 3

    Activity 2: Self-Assessment

    10 min

    Rate how regularly you practice the elements used to build trust: reliability, congruence, openness, and acceptance

  • 4

    Activity 3: Strategies for Trust Building

    55 min

    Reflect on your strengths and areas for improvement and develop strategies for overcoming the mind-sets that hold you back

  • 5

    Activity 4: Increasing Trust in Your Circle

    25 min

    Identify actions and mindshifts you can take to create more trust in your relationship with each member

  • 6

    One Action

    10 min

    The little push you need to go for it

  • 7


    10 min

    What’s next and a few final words

Portrait of Joanna Barsh

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Joanna Barsh, director emeritus of McKinsey & Company and author of Centered Leadership and How Remarkable Women Lead.