054. Magnifying What’s Going on So You Can Grow with Dov Baron

Twice cited as one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers to hire, also cited in the Meeting and Event Professionals Guide to The Top 100 Motivational Speakers and Named as one of the Top 30 Global Leadership Guru’s.

Dov is a man with a finger on the pulse of the evolving world of NextGen leadership. He is a bestselling author of several books. His latest book is Fiercely Loyal; How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent. He is the host of the national (US) TV show “Pursuing Deep Greatness with Dov Baron” on ROKU TV, and the host of the Number One Podcast for Fortune 500 Listeners (globally) “Dov Baron’s Leadership and Loyalty Show” on iTunes and is carried on FM & AM Radio Stations across the US.

He also writes for and has been featured in many industry magazines including being featured on CNN, CBS Small Business Pulse, SHRM, Yahoo Finance, Boston Globe, Business in Vancouver, USA today, CEO, Entrepreneur and many more.

Dov Baron has been speaking internationally for over 30 years. Dov Baron has had the honour of presenting for many esteemed audiences including; US Air Force, The Servant Leadership Institute, The World Business Conference in Tehran The State Department, and The United Nations. He is considered by many as a leading authority on Authentic Leadership. Dov is also the founder of Full Monty Leadership and The Authentic Speaker Academy for Leadership, and the global number 1 podcast for fortune 500 leaders entitled: Dov Baron’s Leadership and Loyalty Tips for Executives.

Outside of his speaking and training, Dov works privately with multi-disciplinary leaders and executive teams to build the bonds that create organizational cultures that become Fiercely Loyal.

Dov is a master of human dynamics, understanding what consciously and unconsciously drives of individuals and teams. He has the ability to bond individuals and teams in such a way that they become fiercely loyal. Through his global work he learned from clients and colleagues alike that making decisions is both rational and emotional. Those most at risk of making poor decisions are people who are blind to the factors influencing them. Fortunately, many leaders want to understand their own leadership and improve. These are the leaders that call Dov.

Life-Changing Story:

In June 1990, while free rock climbing, Dov Baron fell approximately 120 feet and landed on his face. The impact shattered most of the bone structure of his face, disintegrating some of his upper jaw and fracturing his lower jaw in four places. After nine reconstructive surgeries, no external evidence remains of the damage; however, this experience was life-changing.

Before the fall, Dov had spent years building a reputation as a dynamic speaker and teacher in the field of personal and professional development, but it wasn’t until years after the fall that he began to see the beauty and elegance of what had really happened – the return to his own CORE –what he calls his ‘Authentic Self’.


Today, Dov has been sharing his wisdom and expertise privately and on international stages with professional leaders for more than 30 years. Dov’s influence has created a massive social media platform with over 200,000 followers via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, iTunes etc.

He has interviewed and worked with leaders featured on: Oprah, Ellen, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, CBS, Huffington Post, Larry King, New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and many other top rated media.

In addition to being an author and a radio host, Dov is also the leading expert on Developing Authentic Leadership and he is the world’s only Corporate Cultural Momentum Strategist, serving top performance individuals, corporations and organizations to generate both exponential growth and fierce loyalty.

His passion mixed with humour and ‘get to the point’ no BS style are contagious. Within moments, you will feel a genuine connection with a man who authentically walks his talk. Dov believes that the world needs more leaders who are Authentically committed to living their purpose, standing in their truth, sharing their inner genius, and empowering others to do the same.

Key Points from the Episode with Dov Baron:

  • Dov helps individuals and companies build their ability around leadership, with a specific focus on purpose-driven leadership
  • Dov was born into a ghetto in Northern England into a huge family where he was the oldest child
  • He committed to leaving when he was 14 because he saw terrible things all around him, and knew he didn’t want that for himself
  • Dov believes there was something within him that allowed him to see the world with a different perspective than those around him, and he saw himself not fitting in in many ways. Some people see that and decide to conform, while others realize they need to move on, which is how he responded to not finding a place to fit in.
  • He left home at 15, and left England at 21. At that point, he had been married since 16 and had a child. He didn’t leave to get away from them, but rather to stay true to his long-standing desire to leave what he had come up in and going along with the clarity of his desire to leave and grow.
  • He set out on a journey to study with different spiritual leaders around the world. He didn’t just study the religions and their philosophies, but immersed himself in their cultures and societies to really take in their messages.
  • Dov got into speaking to companies about leadership almost by accident when a client asked him to come speak to his company.
  • He opened his first talk by saying, “Put your hand up if you’re a racist.” He was certainly provocative, but it set the audience up to be surprised by their biases and how they stand in the way of their ability to truly lead.
  • After several years of going full force speaking and burning out a bit in the 80s, Dov and a friend of his go to climb a mountain in Whistler in British Columbia, Canada in 1990. They climbed Brandywine Falls, and Dov wanted to climb behind the waterfall despite the height, wet rocks and steepness. After getting behind the falls and being soaking wet, he wanted to go off the path and free-climb on the rocks to come down.
  • While climbing, a rock let loose, hit him in the face, and knocked him off the cliff, sending him tumbling down 120 feet to the ground. After an extraction effort, he got to a local hospital, where the numerous injuries were listed off with loads of broken bones and damaged organs. Dov was transferred to a bigger hospital, and in the ride there, he employed the practices he had been studying like meditation.
  • Upon arrival at the hospital, they found nothing broken below his face.
  • He had a very long, drawn-out recovery where he died five times. Unlike what you hear about near-death-experiences where there’s a light, Dov saw darkness, and felt a fight or a struggle to get back into his body. In those moments, his daughter who was by his side described the setting as like a movie where it was very loud with the commotion of the hospital and then suddenly going silent.
  • Dov raised the idea that these big events change your life. His view is that they actually don’t. Instead, they magnify what you really are – all the anger, frustration and other feelings inside him that he hadn’t dealt with came to the surface.
  • It isn’t about coming back. Back doesn’t exist. We can only go forward to what’s next or what’s new and make that work.
  • He realized there are only three paths: go back (which he realized he couldn’t do), stay where he is and be the victim, or find a way to move forward. That means finding the meaning of his life. He realized he had never really found his purpose and needed to.
  • He realized what mattered to him was around helping other people find their purpose.
  • The change does not come in the devastation, but rather in the choice point after the devastation when we realize we will not be the same, we won’t go back and we won’t stay stuck.
  • You know you are living your purpose when the work you’re doing will impact the lives of people whose names you don’t know, or better yet, names you will never know. 
  • Once you find it, then the real question is whether you’re willing to live it. A good sign that you’ve hit on the real thing is that living it scares you, which Dov sees as a good thing because it pushes him.
  • People talk about fear of failure, but he doesn’t see it that way. He think we are actually afraid of how we will look in the eyes of others, will we be embarrassed, will people judge or reject us? When you’re purpose driven, you will be rejected, so you need to recognize this rejection is what you’re really afraid of so you can get over that fear.
  • We got into what makes a great leader, and Dov summed it up in this one idea – the job of a leader is to create more leaders, not to create followers.
  • The advice he gives people to move forward is simple. Stay curious. If you think you’re there, you’re not, so keep looking and wondering.
  • Sometimes the move loving thing you can do for someone is not to be complimentary, but to call them out on the carpet for not living the life they were meant to live.


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