• Sarah E. Brown

Competence is M.O.R.E than Performance with Kym Harris-Lee

How do you strengthen leadership without compromising interpersonal relationships?


Honest and thoughtful feedback cultivates relationships that enhance a leader’s ability to influence, collaborate, motivate, and lead.


Dr. Kym Harris-Lee is a board-certified executive coach, speaker, and published author. Described as a “velvet hammer,” she utilizes a strategic and intuitive approach to guide clients out of their comfort zones in a way that minimizes discomfort and amplifies desired results.


Along with coaching individuals and corporate clients, Dr. Kym has served as a personal coach for the Kennesaw State University Coles Executive MBA and MBA Programs. She is currently a member of the faculty team for Smith College Executive Education.


She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, and a Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University Having enjoyed a career as an executive in both business and higher education focused on talent and leadership development, Dr. Kym has learned a lot about what it takes to masterfully manage and negotiate a successful career.


Her lessons come from helping senior leaders identify and develop their high potential talent; conversations with other leaders working to navigate organizational cultures; and from her own personal experiences and missteps as a leader and executive. What she has learned from all of this is that competence is more than performance.


Dr. Kym has used her knowledge to develop the M.O.R.E.®Mindset coaching methodology, which capitalizes on the individual uniqueness of her clients while fine-tuning the way they show up and the experiences they create with every interaction.


Dr. Kym is the author of From Life to Lessons – Living and Leading with Emotional Intelligence. Her second book, Unmasked – What it Means to be Emotionally Intelligent ® will be available in 2021.


In this episode, Kym shares how inviting feedback plays into showing up with authenticity, hence, driving leaders to become the best version of themselves, cultivating a healthy relationship with others to become even more effective leaders.




What you will learn from this episode:


  • Learn about a deeper awareness of yourself and others to achieve more without compromise

  • Learn how to figure out what to do exactly with feedback, how to interpret it, and how to act on it so leaders can show up more with authenticity

  • Learn why it’s important to balance strong performance results with building relationships that matter


Competence if more than performance.
- Dr. Kym Harris-Lee


Valuable Free Resource:


Learn why it’s important to balance strong performance results with building relationships that matter and discover six strategies for getting started: Visit https://drkymharrislee.com/unleash/



Topics Covered:


02:39 - Getting vague feedback and not knowing how to act on it poses a challenge to leaders.


03:55 - The idea of 'having to work hard' to be successful and the wrong notion of showing up authentically is the biggest mistake Kym sees with women


06:49 - What does the M.O.R.E. mindset acronym stand for, focusing on the four pillars critical to emotional intelligence.


08:49 - Getting feedback is the most important way to really get a sense of how people experience you. This is one actionable tip that can help address the challenge leaders face


10:40 - As it is hard to get honest feedback from the feedback provider, Kym gives an idea of how to get feedback with very thoughtful responses from them.


11:50 - COMPETENCE IS M.O.R.E.® THAN PERFORMANCE UNLEASH THE POWER OF M.O.R.E.®: Learn why it’s important to balance strong performance results with building relationships that matter and discover six strategies for getting started.: Visit https://drkymharrislee.com/unleash/


12:29 - A lot of us struggle with the meaning of authenticity. What is the difference between raw and refined authenticity?




Key Takeaways:


“The idea that ‘I have to work hard to be successful’ gets you noticed, but it's a tactic that will only get you so far.” - Kym Harris-Lee


“One thing important from an authenticity perspective is to understand how people experience you and inviting feedback is something I encourage leaders to do so that they can really get a sense of what the perceptions are.” - Kym Harris-Lee


“Feedback is the most important way to really get a sense of how people experience you.” - Kym Harris-Lee


“While it's important to ask for feedback, it is equally as important to act on the feedback. Because otherwise without acting, people will stop giving you feedback because they will feel that you don't value their insights and the way in which they are experiencing you.” - Kym Harris-Lee




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