ILA Podcast

The Highest Calling

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

with Diane L. Dixon


Quotes From this Episode

  • “I think the thread that ran through all of the stories were the positions that sponsors put them in. And so often they were positions that they had not had experience in before, and having to work through the inner emotion of saying, “Can I do this? I’ve never done this before. Am I going to fail? Should I take this on?”
  • “A sponsor will actually put you in that position and suggest that you be on a high visibility board, task force, or committee or team. They are introducing you to other executive leaders and, most importantly, to leadership opportunities that help you to grow.”
  • On the CEOs in her study – “…everything pointed to their ability to learn quickly and to adapt.”

About the Guest

Dr. Diane L. Dixon is a facilitator of learning, author, consultant, adviser, and speaker.  She has dedicated her career to human and organizational learning, focusing on leadership and organizational development for more than 30 years. Her experience includes designing and facilitating leadership development programs and processes; developing change management and transition strategies; facilitating strategic planning meetings; and team development.  Diane’s work in healthcare organizations and research on hospital CEOs inspired her interest in minority executive leadership.

Host Scott J. Allen

Scott Allen

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Learn more about Scott here.

About Phronesis

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live.