Self-Aware Leadership (Shalini Verma)

Episode # 5

Dec 5, 2022

In this fascinating episode, Shalini Verma shares how she transformed her leadership and results by tuning in to her body and emotions, and how she’s helping others do the same. She and Sharon discuss the business benefits of conscious leadership and the science behind it.

Welcome to To Lead Is Human. This show helps listeners envision how they can uplevel their leadership and shape cultures of accountability, respect, and candor.

Shalini Verma is the Director of Program Management at Google. Her passion is to inspire leaders to transform themselves and the world.

“ I want to be leading with heart, and I want the mind or the ego to be in service of the heart. I don’t want to be leading with my mind and my ego. ”

Shalini Verma
Shalini Verma

Shalini Verma is a high-energy leader at Google working on software development frameworks that bring Google’s products to life. She has a passion for the discovery and development of tools and techniques through cross pollination, collaboration and experimentation. These tools help remove physical and mental pain, foster creativity and innovation, develop decision making and leadership skills, and bring peace of mind.

While she has a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and a Masters in Business from Harvard, she is continuously humbled and awe-inspired by the education she receives from her two boys and her journey within. Shalini lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her boys and her husband, Rohit Gupta, an Emergency Medicine Physician.

Sharon Richmond

For more than 30 years, Sharon Richmond has partnered with C-level executives from mid-size and small, fast-growing companies who want to up-level their leadership and build companies they are proud of. Clients accelerate their leadership by embracing mindset and behavior changes, building self-awareness and self-management skills, and focusing on the three things all leaders must ensure: focus, energy, and delivery.

Sharon’s purpose as an executive coach is to help leaders 10X their impact by leveraging the power afforded by their roles to build organizations that are forces for good, both economically and socially. She also advises CEOs on shaping organization culture and leading change.

Sharon has taught leadership at Stanford GSB, where she now helps leaders increase influence, manage conflict, and prepare to build high-performing teams.

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  • Guest: Shalini Verma
  • Host: Sharon Richmond
  • Producer: Cynthia Lamb
  • Executive producer: Danny Iny
  • Assembled by: Geoff Govertsen
  • Audio Post Supervisor: Evan Miles, Christopher Martin
  • Audio Post Production: Post Office Sound
  • Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
  • Making our host sound great: Home Brew Audio

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