#109 Force Multipliers and Questioning How You to Show Up in the World with DeDe Halfhill

DeDe Halfhill is a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and executive coach certified through Georgetown University’s Executive Leadership Coaching Program. DeDe’s mission is to teach the critical skills today’s leaders need to navigate difficult conversations on hard topics to create a more purposeful, inclusive culture.

She has over 25 years of experience in command positions and currently helps others become effective leaders. Throughout her career, DeDe has held many pivotal roles: advisor to the top leader of the Department of Defense, commander of Air Force bases in Barksdale and Iraq, a national security fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, congressional fellow advising an Indiana senator, senior advisor to the Air Force chief of staff, and Chief Public Affairs Officer for the Thunderbirds. She has been a trusted influence for solutions to some of the military’s most pressing issues.

Dr. Brené Brown lauded DeDe as a “leadership hero and a total badass.” She holds a Master’s degree in Management from American Military University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Iowa. Additionally, DeDe has completed several prestigious military programs, including Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, Squadron Officer School, and Defense Information School.

Today, DeDe describes her journey from military insider to emotional intelligence expert and how she learned a new way to support young leaders. She discusses the small steps you can take to encourage young people in your life. She talks about the value of looking inward and the importance of reflecting on your accomplishments to understand how you show up in the world. We deliberate on enhancing creativity using tools like stillness and spending time in nature. DeDe educates us about vulnerability and shares some stories about the resistance she faced when trying to get members of the United States military to be more vulnerable. She offers advice on healthily navigating vulnerability. DeDe also discusses different types of vulnerability and why it’s more important to put yourself out there than to be perfectly eloquent.


“By taking action, you’re actually building confidence.”
– DeDe Halfhill


This week on In the Doctor’s Chair:

  • What a career in high-level government positions taught DeDe about emotional intelligence
  • How DeDe transitioned from leadership development to leadership support
  • The best ways to support young leaders
  • The value of reflecting on your past accomplishments
  • DeDe’s recommendations for reflecting on how you show up in the world
  • What a force multiplier is and how it can help you look forward
  • How time and space can help enhance your creativity
  • DeDe’s gratitude practice
  • How nature bolsters creativity
  • The importance of vulnerability and navigating it in a healthy way
  • The challenges DeDe faced when talking about vulnerability in US military culture
  • Why vulnerabilities in security or communication systems are different from vulnerabilities in human relationships\

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