Episode 56

Published on:

24th May 2022

From Frustration to Forward Thinking: one leader’s journey

From Frustration to Forward Thinking: one leader’s journey

Learn from an experienced architect and leader, Aju Johnson,

Ten lessons learned in moving from frustration to forward thinking:

1.  Be real about your emotions.  Call them out!

2.  Understand that it may take time to heal.

3.  Identify what you are responsible for.

4.  Connect with a mentor who believes in you.

5.  Recognize that the sacrificial cost of growth does not end when difficulties arise.

6.  Borrow the belief others have in you until you can believe in yourself again.

7.   Recognize that moving forward is REALLY HARD work.

8.   Pursue personal growth daily.

9.   As a leader, build a culture of personal growth and development with your new team.

10.  Move into your new space with creativity and flexibility.


You can reach out to:

Aju Johnson at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ajujohnson/

Nina Ellison for Speaking engagements,


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About the Podcast

The Art of Leadership
The Art of Leadership focuses on soft skills... some of the hardest skills a leader will ever learn.
The Art of Leadership with Dr. Niña Ellison focuses on the soft skills of leadership, their value and the power of their influence. As a leader, if you are interested in moving from success to significance then balancing both hard and soft skills is essential!

Hard skills are demonstrated through technical expertise that results in clearly measured goals being reached. They are vital to the success of any initiative or program. On the other hand, soft skills emphasize the transformation of people. They highlight behavioral changes and making a difference in people’s lives.

This podcast is for leaders who are seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest soft skills a leader will ever learn. You can connect with Niña at https://www.ninaellison.com

About your host

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Niña Ellison

In 2019, after years of leading teams varying from international disaster relief and healthcare to the US Corporate world, Niña founded Healthy Leadership to focus on her passion for partnering with leaders in their growth and sustainability. Her own journey into soft skill development has convinced her that while her technical skills helped her get her foot in the door, her soft skills moved the influence of her leadership from success to significance.

As a soft skill specialist Niña takes monthly deep dives in her podcast series, The Art of Leadership, to explore the underlying dimensions of soft skills. She knows that soft skill development is not so much about WHAT but HOW a leader leads.
• From a 10,000 foot view a leader pursuing soft skills asks, “How do I problem solve; How do I manage time and energy?”
• From a 1,000-foot view that same leader, as they dig deeper into soft skills, begins asking questions like, “How do I listen; or How do gain self-control?”
• From Ground Zero the leader recognizes that there are underlying dimensions of soft skills as they ask, “How do I model respect for all; How do I sustain hope; How do I demonstrate appropriate love in the workplace; How do I maintain the right attitude?” How do I lead by serving?

Nina believes that behind every wildly effective and sustainable system and process are leaders and teams who have interwoven soft skills into every phase of their work.