Luke lorio

D. Luke Iorio, CPC, PCC, ELI-MP, is President & CEO of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), Shrewsbury, NJ, where he oversees all aspects of the Institute, including corporate operations, strategic business development, marketing, admissions and sales, joint ventures, and strategic alliances.

By D. Luke Iorio, PCC, CPC, ELI-MP, President & CEO at iPEC

The majority of leadership articles focus on what you can do to better lead, impact, and influence others. However, leading others isn’t possible unless you’re, first, leading yourself.

Those around you follow your lead, right? At least that’s the intention.

ceo magazine, leadership

CEOs and other C-Level executives are expected to bring results – to keep their eyes on the bottom line driving productivity, efficiencies, time to market, new products and services. So, what approach are they utilizing to facilitate that bottom line? That’s the question most CEOs ask themselves in order to find the payoff.  

ceo magazine, leadership
Luke Iorio, President & CEO, iPEC

Thomas Paine’s advice to “lead, follow, or get out of the way” was good leadership theory when it was written over 200 years ago; but, if he lived today, Paine would have been more likely to say “Leader, get out of the way.” The concept of a leader making decisions and issuing directives that are blindly followed by staff members is an antiquated one in this era of employee engagement and involvement.  Often, the best way to get things done as a leader is to stand behind employees, helping them lead the charge.


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