Meet Danielle

On this week’s episode of The Innov8social Podcast we have Danielle Harlan, who is the Founder & CEO of the Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential based in San Jose. Danielle has a doctorate in political science and Masters in Education from Stanford University. She served as Chief of Operations at the Carnegie Foundation and has also been an instructor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and has guest lectured at the University’s Institute of Design, i.e. Danielle is an alumnus of Teach for America and has taught internationally in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, and South Africa.

In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk on the topic of “Reimagining Leadership for the 21st Century”. She discusses the concept of the “new alphas” — a new framework for leadership for changemaker “daring to lead differently”. It is an update on the traditional alpha model that focuses on achievement and high performance, but doesn’t account for fulfillment, long-term well-being, and impact.

Through her research, observation, and interviews of  “new alpha” leaders she notes that they are especially committed to personal excellence, building positive relationships, and valuing character and ethics. You can learn more about her theory of the new alphas in her TEDx talk below.

Danielle’s work at the Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential centers around cultivating leadership at an individual and also working with groups to develop organizational leadership goals and practices.

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  • Focus: “We believe that excellent people are the foundation for effective leadership. Guided by this belief, we provide personal and professional development and training to advance individual and organizational performance.”

Danielle’s TEDx Talk

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