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"Beyond Survival: The Resilient and Authentic Leader" - An Interview with Ria Story | The Transformative Leader Podcast 018

In this episode, Ria Story, Motivational Leadership Speaker, shares her incredible story of surviving and overcoming an abusive background to succeed despite the odds. She shares how, by being determined to thrive and empower others to do the same, she quickly went beyond mere survival and embraced leadership as a calling. You do not want to miss the valuable perspective Ria shares on resilience and authenticity, and how they are both essential elements to being an effective, empowering leader.

Like many, Ria faced adversity in life. Raised on an isolated farm in Alabama, she was sexually abused by her father from age 12 – 19. Desperate to escape, she left home at 19 without a job, a car, or even a high school diploma. Ria learned to be resilient, not only surviving, but thriving. She worked her way through college, earning her MBA with a cumulative 4.0 GPA, and had a successful career in the corporate world of administrative healthcare. 

A Counter-intuitive Approach to Creating a Culture of Accountability

 

How would you rate the level of accountability in your organization? How about your own personal accountability? 

Many organizations that suffer from poor results and low morale attribute their inability to make sustainable improvements to lack of accountability in the organization. When I ask teams to rate the level of accountability in their organization on a scale of 0-10—10 being a state where every individual feels and acts completely in an accountable manner—I generally get a rating between 4 and 6. When asked to rate their own personal accountability, individuals on the same team generally respond with a rating of 7-9. In other words, the thinking goes, “If everybody else were as accountable as I am, the world would be a great place.” This, of course, is normal. As I have mentioned before, our natural tendency is to judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior. But where do we go from here? How can we shift the level of accountability in the organization to 9-10?