Ep 22: How to Lead with Confidence & Kindness with Fran Hauser

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We have curves and we have edges. You can be nice and you can be strong. it is possible to do both and the most effective leaders lead with both kindness and strength.
— Fran Hauser

Fran Hauser is a best-selling author and successful startup investor, and she did not have to sacrifice her personality to achieve it. In her book, The Myth of the Nice Girl, Fran talks about how to bring your best self to work, and how to achieve a career you love without becoming a person you hate. Learn how Fran successfully navigated her career in a leadership style true to herself, how to successfully transition between roles, how to build trust with managers, and the key to
pitching an investor or mentor to invest in you.

Fran gives us simple, actionable strategies that can change your career today. In this episode, you will learn:

  • The unproductive territory of people-pleasing (5:24)

  • When Fran began thinking of herself as a leader (6:37)

  • Why you need to be known for something (9:06)

  • How to choose a path when you are at a crossroads (19:33)

  • Why you must separate the personal from the professional when hiring (35:40)

  • Ways to cultivate and keep trust (41:56)

  • Concepts from the book that resonated most with readers (46:13)

Some questions we discuss:

  • What is the myth of the “nice girl”? (1:28)

  • Why did Fran choose the word “nice” for her book? (3:17)

  • What were Fran’s career motivations? (10:08)

  • What is Fran’s advice to those who realize entrepreneurship is not as glamorous as it seems? (21:28)

  • What exercises has Fran done to figure out what she wants in life? (31:53)

  • How do you find the right mentor? (48:53)

  • Fran Hauser’s quick fire answers to “one thing” questions. (52:52)

Links and Resources

“We can give ourselves permission to go with the flow, it’s okay to not have everything figured out. Listen to your gut, listen to your joy.”
— Fran Hauser