I really had no idea where I'd end up, but I knew it had to be different...

Life has a strange way of stringing together strands of hidden connections. At the age of eight, I asked my mom to let me take a personality test. You see, I was deeply inquisitive about people. Fast forward, after college, my intention was to pursue a career as an underwriter in the insurance industry. I did end up in the Insurance industry, but not in the way I had planned...

You see, a twist of destiny would lead me to work for an HR leader who believed in me more than I believed in myself. He became my loudest advocate and exposed me to anything that allowed me to shine using my talents of creating calm out of chaos for processes and people.

 

I LOVED my work! However, when I left my HR Executive role after two decades to take a mid-career break to focus on spending time with my family, write Assemble the Tribe, and knock a few items off my bucket list, I felt a shift...

My passion for people and processes remained, but deep down inside, I knew my next season would be different.

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Somewhere along the way, it crystalized that my purpose is to help people unleash their potential and transform their tribes in life and leadership. Sounds like HR...duh!

 

In the process of writing my first book, I also discovered that tribes aren't just about finding people to add to our networks; Tribe is about how we show up in our lives and leadership. It's also about examining our capacity to invite new tribes - teams, colleagues, mentors, friends, and even strangers - into our lives and figuring out how to leverage our belonging to make a difference in the lives of others. In a world constantly torn apart, Tribe also helps us to find the path to reclaiming wholeness when the tribes we choose reject us.

In the end, like it or not, we need people, and they need us, which means there are endless opportunities to reexamine and invest in our relationships and networks. 

These days, when I'm not with my family, I spend most of my time writing, creating, and supporting corporate and faith-based organizations, leaders, and women who are ready to make a shift. I believe:

 

There is only one you. We all have value that needs to be unleashed.  
How we show up in life and leadership matters. Even the little things we do have an impact.  
There is power in tribe. We are better together than we are on our own.  
The impact of our mindset and words should never be underestimated. Thoughts shape destiny, and conversations change lives. 

"Your true purpose lies at the intersection of who you were created to be and your desire to share it with others."

 

Tribe time.  Sharing stories. Writing and musing. Ministry, flowers, shoes, books, long walks & tea. 

 

Mornings before 6 am. Hot weather. Avoiding conversations.  Ignoring self-care & personal growth.

 

A few more random facts about me...

*I grew up on a 23-acre island In Bermuda.

*I was part of a group that recorded an album (I can sing, but not singing). 

*Growing up I had 93 pets. Now I have none.

*One of my tribes performed over 2,500 random acts of kindness in one day.

leah jm dean | bio

Leah JM Dean is an advisor, author, speaker, and coach to organizations, leaders, and women across the globe.  She is the author of the best-selling book Assemble the Tribe and is also the Founder of The Tribe Advantage, a leadership program for women. 

A former HR Executive,¬†Leah shares strategies to help organizations, leaders, and women unleash their potential and unlock her signature tribe-building formula, Believe¬†+ Belong = Be Different ¬ģ, to build more inclusive cultures where people can belong and experience belonging while achieving exceptional results.¬†As the Founder and CEO of Conduit International Ltd., Leah has worked with organizations and executives across numerous industries, including insurance, reinsurance,¬†financial services, education, not-for-profit, faith-based, hospitality, healthcare, food and beverage, and business consulting.

Her story is one of passionately searching for a tribe only to discover that tribes are not about just ‚Äúfinding our people.‚ÄĚ Tribe is also about moving past our fears and rejection and choosing to build new tribes & systems that will¬†impact the world. She uses science,¬†stories, and her proprietary group research with over 1200 women¬†to help her audiences and clients confidently navigate life & leadership with authenticity, courage, and heart.¬†

Leah lives in Bermuda with her husband and two children. 

‚ÄúOur lives are forever changed when we create the space to grow and assemble our tribes.‚Ä̬†leah jm dean

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