Take the Lead by Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone

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Self-Guided Workshop

A former senior adviser to two U.S. presidents says ditch your command-and-control style & take advantage of emerging trends.

About This Workshop

Betsy Myers - Take the Lead by Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone

Change is all around us and today’s leaders are confronted with a changing workforce. The command-and-control leadership style that worked in the past does not necessarily work today. Leaders must see that change has already happened and that, they must take advantage of emerging trends to embrace change.

Betsy will discuss the leadership skills needed to take you into the next decade while emphasizing diversity in the workplace.

Creating Your Own Circle: If you'd like to create your own private small group for your organization, colleagues or friends, please email as at help@cojourneo.com and we'll be happy to help you coordinate.

Who should take this workshop?

Executives, entrepreneurs, founders, CEOs, leaders and aspiring leaders

What is the recommended time commitment for this workshop?

1 hour per session + 2 hours for "Office Hours"


Betsy Myers

Betsy Myers


Betsy Myers is currently speaking and leading workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership. In addition, she is on a nation-wide book tour to promote her book, Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You, which was released September 2011.

In May 2011, Betsy was appointed Founding Director of the Center for Women & Business at Bentley University. The Center will focus on educating students about their leadership potential while conducting research about how and why companies should promote and retain women. Betsy will work to build relationships with corporations and share information about putting these practices into place.

With deep experience in the corporate, political and higher education arena, Betsy served as a senior adviser to Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign. She joined the campaign in January 2007 as the Chief Operating Officer tasked with the challenge of building a $100,000,000 organization and established the campaign with a business operational model and customer service mentality.

Ms. Myers also represented the campaign as a senior adviser and as Chair, Women for Obama. She traveled extensively in 2008 speaking to undecided voters and particularly on women’s outreach. These efforts included a working partnership with Women for Obama and the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum. She spent significant time working on unity efforts -- meeting with Clinton supporters across the country hearing their concerns and inviting them to join the Obama efforts.

Prior to this appointment, Myers was the Executive Director of the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She came to CPL in 2003, with a track record of strategically building and realigning organizations. Betsy focused the Center's teaching and research around personal leadership and the fully integrated person. This centered on her strong belief and conviction that the hardest person we will ever manage is ourselves. This culminated in a partnership with CPL and The Hoffman Institute. The results and impact were immediate and staggering. She also increased the Center’s efforts around women and leadership while working closely with the Harvard’s Women’s Leadership Board (2000-2007).

A senior official in the Clinton Administration, Betsy was the President's senior adviser on women's issues. As Deputy Assistant to the President, she launched and was the first Director of the White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. She played a critical role in Clinton's re-election effort in 1996 and figured prominently in shaping the Administration's legislative agenda on issues such as domestic violence, reproductive choice, breast cancer, and women in business.

Ms. Myers also served as the Associate Deputy Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development in the U.S. Small Business Administration. She implemented the SBA’s national requirements under President Clinton’s Welfare to Work Initiative and was responsible for the agency’s technical assistance, management, and distance learning programs. In a previous post, Myers was the Director of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership at the SBA. She served as an advocate for the 7.8 million women entrepreneurs in our country. Currently, Betsy serves on the Council of National Advisors of Springboard Enterprises. Springboard is a national, not-for-profit organization that educates, coaches, showcases and supports high growth women-led businesses that are seeking venture capital for expansion.

Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Betsy spent six years building Myers Insurance and Financial Services based in Los Angeles. She specialized in the small business and women’s market providing insurance and retirement planning.

A Public Service Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School, she graduated with a M.P.A. in 2000, and then served as the School’s Director of Alumni Programs and External Relations before directing the Center for Public Leadership.

Betsy resides in Boston, Massachusetts.


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    Be Rigorous in Your Pursuit of Self-Knowledge

    Leadership is all about one thing: Self Knowledge. How do I deal with conflict? How do I communicate? Am I passive-agressive? What are the behaviors that get in my way, that don't work for me?

  • 2

    Be Willing to Ask the Questions

    A leader can't and won't have all the answers. It's the people on the frontlines who know more than you! Our strength as leaders comes from our willingness to ask the right questions of those around us.

  • 3

    Leaders Bring Out the Productive Feelings in Themselves and Their People

    Fifty to 70 percent of workers report feeling disengaged in the workplace. How can a leader begin to acknowledge their employees? How does a leader value, include, appreciate and "hear" their workers?