The Power of Genuine Leadership, with Dr. Patrick Donahue
Dr. Patrick Donahue

In his role, Pat is responsible for setting the strategy and direction for leadership development at Danaher. Before joining Danaher, Pat served as the Director of Global Leadership Development at Eli Lilly which consistently ranked in the Top 20 globally in the AON Hewitt study of Top Companies for developing leaders. Pat joined Lilly in 2000 as a Senior Sales Representative promoting the endocrine system products. He then became an Operations Associate for the endocrine business unit where he improved integration of diabetes, osteoporosis, and endocrine teams. Pat’s next role was as a District Sales Manager in the Chicago Diabetes District for four years. Prior to joining Lilly, Pat was the Division I Associate Head Basketball Coach at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. In this role for ten years, Pat led his teams to two NCAA tournaments and four  NIT tournaments. He also served as a faculty member in the Bradley University Foster School of Business teaching Organizational Development. Pat has previously been on the Board of Directors for Chaucie’s Place whose mission is to generate awareness of and prevent child abuse through its education and prevention programs. Pat has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Elmhurst College, a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University and a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. Pat’s dissertation explored the relationship between leader authenticity and trust. Pat currently serves as an adjunct faculty member with the prestigious Lacy School of Business at Butler University.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How a leadership conference early in Pat’s career at Eli Lilly sparked the realization that he had the opportunity to impact others by bringing his coaching skills to the business world
  • Why authenticity is such a powerful leadership characteristic
  • How the process of receiving his doctorate inspired Pat to write his book, The Power of Genuine Leadership, How Authentic Leaders Earn Trust
  • What is the key role that consistency plays in Pat’s Authenticity Trust Model
  • Why it is so fundamentally critical for communication to be supported by courage and accountability
  • What the three behavioral components of the Authenticity Trust Model are
  • How his ability to be genuine resulted from the confidence of his Mother and the approval of his Mother-in-Law

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