In this episode, you will meet Mike Gasca. Mike has been praised for his management capabilities by many colleagues over the years.
He is passionate about developing people and has a tremendous, hands-on experience to share.
With him, we will discuss how to engage people in a project, how to build your own leadership identity and practice. Mike will walk us through 2 of his main transformative and insightful experiences.
Last but not least, we will talk about Mike's personal transition from female to male and how he is building the man and the leader that he is today.
3:26 First, can you tell us a little bit about what led you to managing a team? Who you are, how you landed your first managing position and what this first challenge was.
6:11, Do you regret having to learn everything by yourself, what do you think about learning leadership on-the-job?
7:15 In your first experience as Customer Service Team Leader, you managed a multilingual team of 12 to 40 people. How did you feel about this new role?
8:46, How did it go? What was particularly challenging, and how did you overcome these challenges?
9:43, What lessons did you take away from this experience?
11:33, What part(s) of your role did you like the most?
12:32, Right after that, you became Content Executive Team Leader. At that point, you have more experience, the team is a lot smaller, so one might think this second experience would have been easy compared to the previous one. But it was not, and it brought new challenges, and new lessons on how to engage people.
Can you tell us more about this new context?
14:14, To what extent was it a different leadership challenge?
14:46, How did you adapt?
15:48, How did you get people to work on your project and be committed to your vision?
17:02, What do you do when you can’t be completely transparent with the team and there are information you must hold?
17:58, Looking back at these 2 experiences, what is your view on authority and influence?
20:17, How would you sum up main pillars for engagement?
23:26, When we first discussed to prepare this interview, you told me that your journey was a “self-made man” experience, and I thought it was very true.
Can you tell us more about what you mean by “self-made man”?
26:00, How do you think your personal journey influenced the way you lead other people and teams?
28:29, Leadership is still very much associated with men, and we try to define masculine and feminine leadership. Through your transformative experience from female to male, what is your view on these debates around leadership and gender? How difficult was it to craft your own leadership in this context?
I give you the final say. To whom whould you like to send a message and what would be that message?
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