What’s underneath leadership, and how do we fully incorporate ourselves and those around us?

When leading, there is so much more to consider than the decision at hand. The situations we’ve already been in as well as the situations we’re moving to – while seemingly unrelated – influence each other. Leadership embodies followers; the ability to recognize and read the situation we are in; and directs the flow of power (for individuals and the group). Jess Dewell hosts Terry Starbucker St. Marie to discuss the elements and benefits of using human leadership.

Starting the Conversation…

  • How to incorporate values into every business action?

Host: Jess Dewell
Guest: Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie

What You Will Hear:

Leadership from the outside.

Character traits people notice about effective leaders.

Changing mindset from I to We.

Examples of looking back at being more human in our leadership.

Live Audience Question:  Should leaders today try to conform to the new workforce, or should the new workforce conform to existing leaders?

Build shared meaning from the beginning.

Live Audience Question: It sounds like there are some universals in leadership true through time and space. We know the obvious ones. Is there one that you were surprised to discover?

Live Audience Question: Why “human” leadership what’s the main differentiator between HUMAN and the other (and how should we name that other – non-human)?

Principles of leadership resonate.

Live Audience Question: It sounds like there are some universals to leadership, true through time and space.  What did you uncover that was surprising?

Influences around us impact our leadership.

Embody human leadership.

It’s up to us to own our place in time and space.

There was a reason for that experience, and the work must be done.

It’s BOLD to embody human leadership.

Notable & Quotable:


Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: We get to a point where we have to face the fact we will hear criticism.

Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: Turn that corner and be vulnerable.

Jess Dewell: Find space. Because everything can wait 5 minutes for a pause – before we make a quick decision.

Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: Everyone wants to be led, to be part of something bigger.

Jess Dewell: We have more challenges that we face today because of how fast technology changes.

Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: It’s a folly to connect profit with happiness.

Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: I know that if we can build a team that can put that smile on your face every day, this business will be successful.


Jess Dewell: People are willing to do the hard work when they are not alone.

Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: I thought having a mantra that everyone used would be so unifying.

Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: Once they understand the framework, when I do these things we work toward, I am going to be happy.

Jess Dewell: As a leader, we are ultimately responsible, yet have very little control.

Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: I will always cherish my relationships with my mentors.

Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: I am still trying to refine my craft, my passion.

Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: Your way is not the only way.

Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: Put your heart out in front of your head and go do it.


Tags: vulnerability, leadership, connection, feedback, influence, change, driven, purpose, happiness, respect