Hello, and welcome to the Leadership Done Right Podcast, Episode 21: Personal Development is a Key to Success with Tal Shnall. Tal has spent most of his career in the hospitality industry. He has extensive background and knowledge in leadership, training, management, etc.
Get to Know Tal!
Tal is a Customer Service and Leadership Trainer with more than 20 years of hospitality operations experience. He has worked for the top hotel brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Starwood and Intercontinental Hotel Group. Tal specializes in training development for front line employees, managers and business leaders to deliver exceptional customer experience for their clients. He is continually adding value to create sustainable results by creating a culture of excellence as a competitive advantage.
Personal Development is a Key to Success
In an environment where leadership skills were not readily taught, Tal decided that if he was going to be a great leader he had to take matters into his own hands. He realized that personal development is the key to success so he began reading many books, experimenting with what he was learning, and attending conferences and seminars to learn additional leadership skills.
In his personal development journey, he did a lot of internal reflection by asking questions like, “Who do I want to be as a leader?”, “What kind of a leader do I want to be?”, and “How do I want others to see me?”. When he asked these questions it was a turning point in his life because he took responsibility for his own growth and leadership development.
Other Great Discussion
In addition to personal development, Tal and I also discussed several other great topics like leading by example, leadership development, servant leadership, create your identity as a leader, etc.
The Speed Round
- Who is the one leader you look up to most and why? My parents, because they have been great local inspiration.
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Never give up on what you are trying to accomplish and continue to work hard at it.
- What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? Personal development, everyday I dedicate an hour to personal development.
- If you could recommend one book to our listeners, what would it be and why? 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- On a light-hearted note, what is your favorite hobby? Working out.
Connect With Tal
What’s the best way to connect with Tal?
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tal-shnall-89b66763/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tal.shnall
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/tshnall
One Final Question
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice when you first started your leadership journey, what would it be and why?
Be more courageous! Make mistakes and learn through those mistakes and have confidence in your abilities.
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