The Courageous Leaders Club

105: Michelle Booth: Unmasking Success: True Happiness Beyond Societal Expectations

May 30, 2024 Joanna Howes Season 14 Episode 105
105: Michelle Booth: Unmasking Success: True Happiness Beyond Societal Expectations
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The Courageous Leaders Club
105: Michelle Booth: Unmasking Success: True Happiness Beyond Societal Expectations
May 30, 2024 Season 14 Episode 105
Joanna Howes

I’m so grateful to Michelle Booth, Head of Growth and Innovation at Lloyds Bank for her bravery in sharing her story of seemingly having it all yet feeling deeply unhappy and suicidal. 

To discover what was important to her and not conforming to what society says you ‘should do and have’.

Michelle's story is a testament to the importance of authenticity and self-discovery in the pursuit of genuine fulfilment.

Key discussion points:

  • Emotions are not a weakness; understanding and expressing them appropriately can strengthen leadership and team cohesion
  • Concerns about the potential misuse of emotions to avoid critical feedback
  • Acknowledging that Psychological safety is an input, not an output
  • How stand-up comedy and a clowning course helped to overcome failure
  • the essential components required to drive innovation and creativity within organisations
  • The importance of giving and receiving feedback effectively - it's not the leader's job to manage people's feelings but to maintain a space where emotions and feedback can coexist
  • The power of humour and resilience
  • The illusion of certainty and embracing uncertainty as a catalyst for innovation and growth



This episode serves as a powerful reminder to follow your own path and do what is right for you.


Let us know your thoughts! Please leave us a comment to keep the conversation going.


For Leadership and team coaching and training, you can message me at joanna.howes@thechangecreators.com and we can book a call.

website: https://www.thechangecreators.com
linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joannahowes/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2kZ-x8fDHKEVb222qpQ_NQ

Show Notes

I’m so grateful to Michelle Booth, Head of Growth and Innovation at Lloyds Bank for her bravery in sharing her story of seemingly having it all yet feeling deeply unhappy and suicidal. 

To discover what was important to her and not conforming to what society says you ‘should do and have’.

Michelle's story is a testament to the importance of authenticity and self-discovery in the pursuit of genuine fulfilment.

Key discussion points:

  • Emotions are not a weakness; understanding and expressing them appropriately can strengthen leadership and team cohesion
  • Concerns about the potential misuse of emotions to avoid critical feedback
  • Acknowledging that Psychological safety is an input, not an output
  • How stand-up comedy and a clowning course helped to overcome failure
  • the essential components required to drive innovation and creativity within organisations
  • The importance of giving and receiving feedback effectively - it's not the leader's job to manage people's feelings but to maintain a space where emotions and feedback can coexist
  • The power of humour and resilience
  • The illusion of certainty and embracing uncertainty as a catalyst for innovation and growth



This episode serves as a powerful reminder to follow your own path and do what is right for you.


Let us know your thoughts! Please leave us a comment to keep the conversation going.


For Leadership and team coaching and training, you can message me at joanna.howes@thechangecreators.com and we can book a call.

website: https://www.thechangecreators.com
linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joannahowes/
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2kZ-x8fDHKEVb222qpQ_NQ