Sandy’s work in the area of executive coaching, team alignment, and breakthrough leadership has earned her the reputation of being the person to have in the room to ask THE question that will make the difference and inspire true transformation. Sandy has presented to more than 250,000 business professionals around the world. Her work has been featured in Harvard Business ReviewHR MagazineTraining MagazineWorking Mother Magazine, and Executive Female. Sandy has worked with global leaders, teams and organizations in a wide range of industries (manufacturing, government, financial services, retail, and service).

1. What is the one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?
Every leader must possess the characteristic to be Open, Present and Connected. This (from my POV) is the gateway characteristic that allows for listening, courage, and the ability to ask powerful questions.

2. What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?
The biggest challenge facing leaders today is waking up to realize – metrics measure and people lead. Metrics don’t lead! The trap of focusing solely on the task/metric/goal is a death sentence for long term inspiration of a team/organization.

3. What would you tell your 20-year old self about preparing to lead?
Take the discipline of college study and study YOU. Get interested in what works/doesn’t work about YOU. Invest in self-discovery.

4. Who (or what) inspires you?
A warm shower inspires me! I have been to countries with no running hot water for 5 days without a warm shower. Inspiration is everywhere.

5. What book is on your nightstand?
I don’t have a book on my nightstand – I have the quote from Brené Brown (a gift from Allie):

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”