First in a Series: Q&A Leaders On Leadership 


Hank Fieger, President, HFA, Barcelona Spain

Hank Fieger, President of international management consulting, training and coaching firm, HFA, based in Barcelona, Spain, has worked with many Fortune 100 companies in over 20 countries. His expertise is in Behavioral Executive Coaching, Team Building, Executive Presentation Skills and Leadership Communication Skills. Using a model of open and honest communication, Hank combines his knowledge of business and psychology to help others embody “people management” skills in leadership roles. Hank’s first book, “Behavior Change…A View From The Inside Out”, a handbook on the art of change, is available on Amazon.

Q&A (unedited) On Leadership

If you had to name three characteristics of great leaders what would they be?

They have a clear vision for what’s possible.

They have the ability to communicate that vision to the hearts and minds of their followers.

They are in tune with what people are wanting.

As organizations get larger there’s often a tendency toward dampening inspiration. How do you encourage creative thinking within your or your clients’ organizations?

I encourage creative thinking by reconnecting people to their core values? By understanding what is most important to them, they begin to see what’s possible.

In order of importance or weight, what do you feel is most important: mission, vision or core values?

I think core values are most important, followed by a vision. The mission is the working statement that captures the values and the vision.

How do leaders ensure their organizations activities are aligned with their own core values?

Communicate, communicate, communicate.

What is corporate culture and how is it crafted?

Corporate culture is the unspoken, and sometimes spoken rules about how things are done here. It’s crafted usually from the key individuals at the top of the corporation.

What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?

I think that every true leader has a bit of a revolutionary in them. Most people resist change, and yet what leaders need to do is to help people and organizations to change and adapt to what is needed in order to be sustainable.

What is one mistake you see leaders making more frequently than others?  In your opinion, is it different for women leaders?

The one mistake I see is that leaders sometimes make decisions that they think will keep them in the role and keep them having power. I think that women leaders also fall into this trap and sometimes to prove themselves in a “man’s game,” they may even try harder. They also revert back to managing the transactional day to day business, rather than staying focused on the big picture.

What advice would you give someone going into leadership position for the first time?

Is your advice different if that person is a woman?

Be true to yourself and to your values. It’s a privilege to be in a leadership role, so go for it. My advice for a woman is no different. Don’t give your true power away in the attempt to be more like a man, or to succeed in what you may believe to be a man’s world.

What is one behavior or trait that you have seen derail more leaders’ careers?

To sell out to what they believe people want from them, rather than being true to what is really needed.

The Reincarnation of Executive Women


scenic view of mountains during dawn
Photo by Stephan Seeber

This morning I got up early thinking it was gonna be a pretty good day. although it feels and looks like it’s gonna snow outside, I don’t have to go anywhere – just walk the dog in wonderful central park and then snuggle up to the computer with Pandora Radio (set on Pink Martini) – blogging about my new life working at home and sharing my reincarnation with other women.

What more could a girl want ;0

There’s definitely something comforting about just knowing that whatever I do in a day, I’m accomplishing something and hopefully helping someone else. It occurs to me that this is really what I’ve always wished for – precisely, I’ve got the home office set up already, I’ve got the high speed connection for crying out loud, I’ve got the database that most people would kill for, I’ve got a reputation for being a discriminating business woman.

So now, I feel responsible to my fellow business women to make sure my own story gets told an so does yours. No barriers to keep us from making a killing out there. Especially we dynamos who have been so so successful and for some reason (husbands, ex husbands, children, other responsibilities, no time or cash to build on what we have, go back to school, just take time out to uncover where our passions really are) just haven’t banked on it.

Now, I’m faced with the same economy everyone else is. Though I have plenty of reasons to be good and grateful about my own personal position, I know I can’t just sit still. First, I’m not that kind of person and second, I can’t afford to.

Just days before finding my new vocation I sat down and made that infamous list of what I want and why I want it.  It started with doing whatever I want when I come to work every day. Finding a task that makes me happy. and Making MONEY! My vision board is all about traveling first class around the world. Can’t do that without cash.

So, what could be better than blending what comes naturally to me anyway, coaching other people with a home based money making business opportunity???? I think I’ve been wishing for that for my entire career.

No, I don’t think it, I know it.

Consider this the launch of Executive Women 2.0 and blog your heart out. We’re all in this together. And maybe the Internet makes it possible!   At last!

To our success,
EP