More times than not, I often hear people who are trying to make a career change or they want to take on more responsibilities, say “I don’t know where to begin.”

In the newest episode of my What’s Next! podcast, I interview Ron Carucci, who shares the four things that successful leaders have all done, and how you can position yourself for that success as well. He refocuses our thinking on leadership training, self-development, and a true understanding of diversity and, more importantly, diversity of thought. Ron also talks about some of his new ground-breaking research on honesty.

The key to self-development in leadership is the impact you have on other. After a ten-year long study that included more than 2,700 leaders, Ron discovered that choice, context, breath and the connection between people are the four things that the most successful leaders did consistently in order to create the most impactful influence.

Choice: Being Confident in Great Decisions

Great leaders are those who are comfortable enough to stick the landing and are confident in making hard choices. They understand the greater good of the organization and the decisions that would most likely work.

Context: Knowing Your Organization

Leaders who thrive in an organization are contextually intelligent. They have a clear understanding of why things are done the way they are. They also have a greater sense of adapting to their work environment before imposing their knowledge without being thoughtful about why.

Breadth: Connecting Organizational Dots

Executives develop breadth by broadening their exposure to the full organization, taking assignments across disciplines, and paying particular attention to linking organizational seams.

Connection: Developing Trusting Relationships

Not only do great organizational leaders know how to bring people together but they prioritize their connections based on those they could help. They focus on the people they can help, not those they can get something from.

Overall, the way Ron shapes our thinking about training, self-development, and understanding diversity is invaluable to those looking to learn how to create truly diverse communities and support a thriving company culture helmed by true leadership.

Ron Carucci is a co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, where he works with CEOs and executives pursuing transformational change for their organizations, leaders, and industries. He has a thirty-year track record helping some of the world’s most influential executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization, and leadership. He is a best-selling author of 8 books, including the recent Amazon #1 book Rising to Power.

Listen to our conversation and subscribe to the What’s Next! podcast on Apple Podcasts.


  • Tiffani Bova

    Each Day Trying to Make a Difference

    Tiffani Bova is the global customer growth and innovation evangelist at Salesforce and the author of the Wall Street Journal Bestselling book Growth IQ: Get Smarter About the Choices that Will Make or Break Your Business (Portfolio), she is on Thinkers50 list of the world's top management thinkers. Tiffani, a top influencer in Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, the Future of Work, and Sales, is a regular contributor to Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur Magazine, Marketing Matters on Wharton Business Radio - SiriusXM in addition to a variety of industry-leading podcasts on sales, marketing and digital business. Her own podcast What’s Next! with Tiffani Bova has became one of the top 100 business and management podcasts on iTunes in 2019, and won top Sales and Marketing Podcast by Top Sales Magazine. Tiffani was also recently recognized as one of Inc. Magazine’s 37 Sales Experts You Need to Follow on Twitter, a LinkedIn Top 50 Sales Influencer, a Brand Quarterly Magazine Top 50 Marketing Thought Leader, and one of the most Powerful and Influential Women in California according to the National Diversity Council. Bova is a highly sought after keynote speaker having delivered over 300 keynote presentations around the globe to over 300,000 people on sales transformation and business model innovation.