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The Mind Takeaway Podcast - Leadership, Psychology and Creativity

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In our quest to help create a world without inequality, poverty and war, we share insights gained through our work about leadership, psychology and creativity.You will also hear conversations with ordinary people who do extraordinary things due to their increased awareness, curiosity and intuition, … read more


#35: Inner Voices and Leadership Lessons with Sabina Nawaz

If you hold a leadership position or aspire to be in one then this episode may be of interest to you.

We speak to Sabina Nawaz, a global CEO coach, leadership keynote speaker, and writer working in over 26 countries. She advises C-level executives in Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, nonprofits and academic institutions. Sabina started her career in software development at Microsoft and then led the company’s executive development and succession planning efforts for over 11,000 managers and 700 executives. She spoke at hundreds of seminars, events, and conferences including TEDx. Currently, She sits on the board of Power and Systems, a leadership development institute.

Sabina believes the greatest privilege of working with executives is bearing witness to their acts of courage. You can read her articles on Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and Inc.

Before we start our conversation with Sabina, Peter and I would like to invite you to join the Authentic Leaders Community where we explore our innate capacity to lead, be creative, draw on our own resilience and build human connection in an age of technology, digitisation and information overload.

You can also find the link in the show notes:

Enjoy listening!

You can connect with Sabina and find out more about her here:




01:05  Sabina recalls her life-changing story of holding a knife to her own throat in India, Calcutta.

08:44 How taking leaps of faith can be beneficial when everything in your brain is screaming “Don’t go there!”

10:19 Why it takes an imbalance of positivity to have a balanced hearing, as we humans tend to pivot on the negative. The ratio of 5 positive voices: 1 critical voice creates balance.

11:20 The more senior you are, the less truth you receive in your role and the challenges of receiving the truth.

13:48 How we love to have heroes and villains, and this is part of the human condition.

16:06 How to get people to listen to feedback and act on it.

19:13 You have to come back to your own why first, and by wanting to be better your business results will improve.

20:19 How can leaders set up a system to withstand pressure so you are not putting everything on your shoulders?

23:00 Why is it leaders comfortable in their own skin are able to handle challenges during a crisis?

25:07 One of the relationships that get ignored the most during this crisis is the one with ourselves.

29:35 All bets are off, everything has changed, so let's challenge these assumptions that we have.

31:44 Sabina talks about some of the ways we get in the way of ourselves and our immunity to change.

38:07 How the practice of gratitude has been a game-changer for Sabina and how it can benefit you too.

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