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Leadership Spotlight: Darlene Templeton

All women deserve to reach their true potential. Darlene Templeton, CEO of Templeton & Associate, is a professional speaker, certified executive coach, and founder of AMAZING Women Alliance. She spent 36 years at IBM coaching and training executive women before starting her own entrepreneurial journey. In her Leadership Spotlight below, Darlene explains how she found her passion in helping women be their authentic selves and her own journey of authenticity.


How would you describe your biggest accomplishments in your current role?

Helping women achieve their goals, be authentic and live their dreams!


What has made you so passionate about this business?

I have been in the corporate/business world for 49+ years and I have had some AMAZING mentors, managers, coaching, and support through those years.  I also had some not so AMAZING support.  This led me to become more passionate about helping other people find their authentic leadership voice and to achieve their goals, both personally and professionally.  We must have a strong support system in order to make [our goals] happen.


What key strength serves you best in your business?

My PASSION allows me to serve in a greater capacity through my various roles of Leader, Business Expert, Communicator, and Coach.  I wouldn’t be here without the passion I have for what I do and whom I serve. I will endeavor to continue reaching and having a positive impact on as many people as possible.


Is there one moment or experience that has was transformative about helping you find your path and that eventually led to this cause?

It was critical when I realized that I didn’t need a college degree to be successful at IBM.  I had “impostor syndrome” and once I decided that was all about me, my confidence grew, my career grew, and I really found my authentic leadership style and self.  This was as critical turning point in my career and in my life.


Has it been a challenge to balance your career aspirations with your personal and family needs? How have you managed to do this? Suggestions or tips?

It’s always a challenge, as there is really no balance for me personally.  It’s more about integrating and figuring out what works for you and your family.  There is no one “model,” as everyone and every situation is different.  The framework I’ve used includes these steps:

  1. I highly suggest that you MUST find time to take care of YOU first. Self-care is so important and if we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of others.
  2. Prioritize what’s important to you and your family and make decisions based on those things.
  3. Learn how to say “NO.” It’s okay to say no.  No can be healthy.


Who is your role model and why?

Lee Moczygemba – She is my speech coach, my biggest cheerleader, my smartest teacher, my idol, and she is SOOOO supportive of me and SOOOO many other women.  She has had a HUGE impact on so many women’s careers as well as their lives.  I want that same legacy, and that is to be a servant leader that helps as many people as I can.


What would you tell your 20-year-old self?

Be confident, find your passion and be authentic! This is important and effective for all of us!!


List up to three things you would want to share with other women?
  1. Learn how to say NO and set boundaries. It will change your life!
  2. Build your trusted support group, or your Board of Directors. This is critical both personally and professionally.  We can’t do it alone!
  3. Don’t take it personally. As women we take so much personally and 99% of the time, it’s NOT about us.  Step back and resign as the General Manager of the Universe: It will be life changing!


You can learn more about Darlene and her philosophy by viewing her webinar “Banishing Perfectionism & the Impostor Syndrome

Author Bio

Darlene Templeton
CEO of Templeton & Associates

Darlene Templeton is the CEO of Templeton & Associates, and she specializes in speaking, executive coaching, business strategy, training and leadership development for women! She is also the Founder of AMAZING Women Alliance, a group of high achieving women professional women who are finding their voice, growing their confidence and empowering and inspiring other women to succeed, both personally and professionally!  With her 36 years at IBM, where she coached executive women, her extensive business experience, and her own successful entrepreneurial journey, she uses her proven signature approach to help leaders discover their own personal power, leverage their strengths, grow their executive presence and achieve their goals and dreams.  Darlene is a soughtafter speaker and trainer with a special talent for easily connecting with audiences and workshop participants, Darlene creates immediate feelings of trust and integrity.  Gifted with humor and a natural-born storyteller, her presentation style is exceptionally enthusiastic, energizing and fun!  

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