“Back to the fundamentals of leading yourself”, a conversation with Laurent Jacquet, Partner at TPC Leadership Belgium

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“Back to the fundamentals of leading yourself”

In episode 5 of The Leadership Sessions,  Tom Van Dyck, Senior Partner at TPC Leadership Belgium, and Laurent  Jacquet, Partner at TPC Leadership Belgium explore Going back to the fundamentals and taking complete responsibility for our  lives.

“Ask what is it that I believe in… because if we don’t, we feel lost,  we don’t feel authentic, relationships are not strong enough…” 

Having recently published his book “New Leaders” Laurent delves  into his personal mission to create better leaders. From the hockey  pitches of international competition, Laurent traces the influences and reflections that have led him to develop a clear philosophy  and approach to help new leaders immediately step up and add  value to their teams. Their discussion focuses on the need to understand oneself, to question one’s own beliefs and opinions in  order to be authentic in one’s interactions, motivations and  relations, and how this is just as true for old hands as it is for new,  junior leaders.

The Leaderships Sessions is a podcast series of captivating conversations with exceptional leaders from around the world  sharing their insights, experiences, thoughts, and personal  opinions about what leadership means and what it takes to be  effective. 

On your personal journey of creating better leaders:  

  • “It really is a journey about contrasts” 
  • “In an environment in top sport, you have to imagine a place full of emotions…  there’s an incredible dynamic… and the interesting aspect there for me was I  couldn’t find that back into my professional life.” 
  • “I really wanted to have that same engagement in my professional life than I  had in my sports, so I went on a quest of meaning I went on a quest of  purpose” 
  • “I really wanted to have that same engagement in my professional life than I  had in my sports” 

On the magic formula:  

  • “The number one thing we should all do is take complete responsibility of our  lives” 
  • “There’s this thing that says: you are the CEO of your life. It’s exactly that” “I moved to taking responsibility for everything. That’s a very hard thing to do,  but it’s very freeing!” 
  • “We all have a backpack… the thing we need to do is to basically, open that  backpack, look what’s inside, and really ask ourselves, is this really mine? The  things I received from my parents, the values, the beliefs, all these things? Are  they really mine? 
  • “…the things I received from my parents, the values, the beliefs, all these  things, are they really mine?”
  • “Ask what is it that I believe in… because if we don’t, we feel lost, we don’t feel  authentic, or relationships are not strong enough. And it’s going to be much  harder in the end to positively influence others”
  • “It’s a conscious and continuous effort that happens through actions through  trials and errors. So, you need to be okay with making these mistakes and  failing” 

On Why People Should Pick Up His Book: 

  • “We’re too much focused on the skills first, sometimes we forget what we want  to achieve in doing what we do, ” 
  • “There’s this special philosophy that helps new leaders, from tomorrow on,  immediately, start to have an impact on their teams” 
  • “It comes back to fundamentals about leading yourself, and some key  concepts about how you can take people with you because they want to  follow you not because they have to…” 
  •  “It comes back to fundamentals about leading yourself …”

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