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7 Questions on Leadership with Luz

Name: Luz

Title: CEO Orise Management

Organisation: Orise Management

I have been working for 15 years in finance as an auditor and as risk manager in banking before changing my career in 2015. I have founded Orise Management, a coaching and training company specialised in supporting individuals and organisations to overcome complex situations and transformation journeys.

Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!

I hope Luz's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

As a coach and entrepreneur, I have multiple networking circles: my clients, my business partners, my team members, other coaches and trainers, prospects, suppliers. It is important to maintain a constant link with them, keeping them informed and ensuring that they are all onboard to reactively collaborate.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I think that I have been a traditional leader focused on delivering performance when working in finance and that I am a human center leader now. Becoming a coach, I have increased my awareness and this led me to question the way I was leading before: my conviction is that leading by influence is more fruitful and rewarding that looking for performance ... and the paradigm is that it actually makes you more performant collectively.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Being an entrepreneur, there is no routine. I can spend my day physically engaged, facilitating team coaching or training or I can spend my day alone doing deep work at my desk. I actually like this diversity.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

Non-intervention is a type of intervention. Being a solution focused person, I tend to always look for a solution, sometimes on behalf of people that might be more responsible than me for the outcome. Letting space to those persons, keeping an observer eye is needed to ensure that everyone is empowered and shows accountability.

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

"Leadership and Self deception" from the Arbinger institute. Firstly, the book is written like a novel, you can easily read it and there is no jargon. It really helped me understand that everytime we consider a person as an object (a way to obtain something) we may stop considering this person as a human, having the same doubts, fears, motivations as me. By doing so, we lose our own humanity. We find excuses, forge our own limiting beliefs, blame others but actually we limit our growth mindset.

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Don't be impatient to become a leader. Work instead on raising your self awareness and become a leader of yourself first.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

There are not one but many meaningful stories: everytime a client tells me "I couldn't have done this without you", everytime a student tells me "I wouldn't have dared to do this without you". I feel so deeply happy when I hear those words. My clients' achievements are mine, I feel proud of them and I feel glad to be useful to them. This really is my meaning in life.

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