The Small Business HR Podcast

Ep. 8

8. Developing Your People with ‘Bluer Than Indigo’ Leadership Principles w/ Dr. Jonathan Westover

In this episode 8, we talk with Dr. Jonathan Westover about how the color indigo—and a servant leadership mentality—inspired the leadership lessons he wrote about in his new book, ‘Bluer than Indigo’ Leadership: The Journey of Becoming a Truly Remarkable Leader.
Jonathan Westover

Dr. Jonathan Westover

Chair/Professor of Organizational Leadership | Managing Partner and Principal
Utah Valley University | Human Capital Innovations

Can a remarkable leader teach others to be even more remarkable leaders? Can students surpass the teacher? That’s the idea behind Dr. Jonathan Westover’s new book, ‘Bluer than Indigo’ Leadership: The Journey of Becoming a Truly Remarkable Leader.

We sat down with Dr. Westover, Chair/Professor of Organizational Leadership at Utah Valley University and Managing Partner and Principal at Human Capital Innovations, to hear how the color indigo—and a servant leadership mentality—inspired the leadership lessons he wrote about in his new book.

We also talked about:

  • What makes the best leaders effective and successful
  • How variety makes (or breaks) working in the HR industry
  • How to disrupt the cycle of bad leadership principles
  • Tips for how HR can coach and mentor leaders to be ‘Bluer than Indigo’ leaders
  • How to build a psychologically safe environment at work (hint: it starts by being people-centric)

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Bluer than Indigo Leadership means, first and foremost, focusing on developing others. In doing that, I learn and grow my capacities as a leader. And then everyone thrives: I thrive as a leader; individuals thrive on my team. Everyone grows and develops."

Dr. Jonathan Westover

I’m a firm believer that we’re all leaders—formal or informal, we all take on leadership roles—and we all have an opportunity to develop our leadership skills.”

Dr. Jonathan Westover

It’s not about saying, ‘this is the right way to do it.’ It’s about sharing principles and providing a pathway for people to go on their own journey of self-discovery and figure out what works best for them.”

Dr. Jonathan Westover

There’s no one size fits all leadership approach. Anyone can lean into their genuine, authentic self and be an impactful leader.”

Dr. Jonathan Westover

The most effective leaders know their people, develop a genuine trust with them, and coach and mentor them. The best thing you can do as a leader is model the behaviors you want your employees to embody.”

Dr. Jonathan Westover

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