Trust Your Instincts: Christina Lattimer


One of the coolest—most fearless—things about Christina Lattimer is that she lives her own advice: trust your instincts.

Start a consultancy business based your own leadership model during the worst economic downturn of a century? Check.

Build a global social community of like-minded “people development” souls? Check.

Interview one of the most prominent business leaders (Sir Richard Branson) in the world? Check.

Own up to making “every mistake in the book” as a leader, and devote yourself to giving others the benefit of what you learned. Check.

Fear of failure, making mistakes, doesn’t stop Christina.

Today, she helps leaders develop confidence in their own inner guidance too. Her e.Mile People Development Magazine is a Top 100 Socially Shared Leadership Blog, and her e.MILE global community of people development experts grows daily. (e.MILE is an acronym for MOTIVATE: INSPIRE: LEAD: ENGAGE.) Christina is also recognized as a “Top 101 Leadership Speaker” in the United Kingdom.

Fearless Females Forum:  5Cs with Christina Lattimer

“Realize that everything you need is inside you…it is there, trust me.”

  1. What’s the most courageous decision you’ve made?

My most recent decision career wise was to leave my job in the UK Public Sector to start up on my own. What made it scarier at the time was that we were in the middle of the worst economic downturn people-discovery-leadership-framework-1200x600_cever. I had been self-employed before, designing and delivering training as an associate consultant. This time was different because I wanted to launch my own cause which was dear to my heart, which is my consultancy, People Discovery.

  1. What choices are most important to you?

Choosing and honoring one’s values are important to me. At a very basic level it is about doing what you say you are going to do. As I mature, I realise honouring my values hones character and forces real honesty.

At work, a leader must demonstrate values daily. It’s no good saying “I’m honest open, non-judgemental etc.,” only to do it differently. It’s far more honorable to say, “Actually, I want to make most decisions autocratically and while I to honor you as an employee, I have a short bottom line and you will be in trouble if you make mistakes.” It’s not pretty, but at least it’s honest.

  1. What fears have you conquered?

I’ve encountered fear most of my career. I always understood fear was to be worked through and not a deal-breaker. When I was given a team of around 30 people at the age of 23, I was scared; I thought some of the characters in that team would eat me alive. It was a sink or swim situation which gave me invaluable experience to go on and lead teams successfully for many more years.

I fear failure often, no matter how many times I beat it, fear still manages to surface, although now I get to laugh at myself when that old familiar feeling comes along.

  1. What conversation made the most impact on you?

In my first job, I was given feedback by the head of my division; it was like seeing God in those days! He asked me how I thought I was doing, and I said I thought it was ok, he laughed at me and gave me some information to show I was one of his best achieving workers, I had no idea, honestly. He asked me some questions about the war, which I knew nothing about. What he drove home to me was that although I was bright and could get stuff done obviously, I lacked life experience, in more ways than one. He changed my life though, I finally began to realise my own promise.

  1. What do you want women to get clear about?

I want women (and men) to listen to their intuition and to trust their instincts. Whether it’s at work or in their personal life. If something doesn’t feel right, then don’t do it! Get your inner confidence first, and then make decisions. Realize that everything you need is inside you, and if you can’t find it, then keep rummaging around until you do, it is there, trust me.

Cheers to Christina Lattimer for reminding us to trust our instincts and never let fear be a deal-breaker! For consistently excellent content on being a trust-your-instincts leader, subscribe to e.Mile People Development Magazine.


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