Beth Rashleigh wrote the book on crisis proof leadership (literally), and she’s not done sharing her expertise with the world. When she’s not writing, she helps leaders and teams unlock their full potential as a leadership coach and trainer. We asked her a few questions about how she built and continues to grow her business and why networking is key for consultants.
PbPI: What made you decide to become an independent workforce consultant?
Beth: I felt the pull to work with different types of organizations. I’ve worked in the healthcare space for a long time in leadership development and really wanted to continue to support those professionals, but I was also ready to learn about other industries and their unique leadership challenges.
PbPI: Why is having a solid network of other people professionals important to you?
Beth: Having a network of people that understand both the work you do and the joys and challenges that come with it has been invaluable to me as I’ve pursued my business the last three years. I have cultivated a community of people that I know support and cheer for me just as much as I support and cheer for them.
PbPI: How do you manage your time as a busy people professional?
Beth: I facilitated Franklin Covey time management training classes for years and I’m lucky that I had many of the principles deeply engrained as habits before I started my business. Weekly planning and setting up my week to make sure that I get the most important tasks done, including things in my personal life, has been key.
PbPI: How do you avoid stress and burnout?
Beth: I don’t know that you can avoid stress, but I work hard to say yes only to work and projects that excite me. That helps ensure that any stress is viewed as excitement…or at least most of it.
Avoiding burnout the last few years has been a challenge for everyone, but one of the things that has helped me is continuing to learn and grow creatively. If I have something new and exciting to dive into, it helps me stay focused and excited about my work.
PbPI: What are some of your goals for the future?
Beth: I’d love to continue to grow my business and continue supporting leaders in whatever way I am able. I’ve also got another book brewing in my brain that I’m hoping makes its way to the shelves in the next year or so.
PbPI: What changes or trends do you see on the horizon in your industry?
Beth: Leading people through this new post-pandemic era will require leaders to continue to be agile and flexible with their teams and themselves. A service leadership mindset will continue to be a differentiator in leadership success. Leaders will need to continue to grow and expand their self-awarenees and people leadership skills to engage and retain their teams.
Beth Rashleigh is the Founder of Rashleigh Consulting. Beth loves helping leaders and teams unlock their full potential. She is a Certified Professional Coach, a Master Practitioner in the Energy Leadership Index and hold certifications in many assessments and leadership development training programs. Her first book, “Crisis Proof Leadership,” was published in December 2021.Learn more about Rashleigh Consulting at rashleighconsulting.com.