About Hector McEachern

During his 30-year human resources management career with Wachovia Corporation, Hector McEachern played a key role in keeping the company on the leading edge as the HR field expanded and matured exponentially. Not content to put all that experience on the shelf when he retired in 2009, Mr. McEachern founded The McEachern Group and now acts as its president. Our firm provides guidance on human capital strategies, executive coaching and diversity leadership, organizational change through mergers and acquisitions, and organizational consulting.

While at Wachovia, Mr. McEachern rose from personnel manager to become manager of corporate human resources, chief diversity officer, and, most recently, executive vice president and human resources business partner director. In the latter position, he provided executive oversight of the corporation’s operating committee for human resources and other business lines, including leadership for 12 HR officers and 240 HR professionals. Prior to that, Mr. McEachern established the corporation’s Office of Diversity through which he steered a comprehensive cultural assessment of the organization’s workforce and designed and implemented a company-wide cultural awareness and diversity initiative.

A long-time leader in his profession, Mr. McEachern is a former member of the American Bankers Association’s Human Resources Executive Committee and former chairman of the Bank Administration Institute’s Human Resources Division. He also commits himself to numerous educational and charitable endeavors, including being former chair of the Fayetteville State University board of trustees, member of the boards for LeMoyne-Owen College and Guilford College, on the board of advisors for UNCG, life member of the board of advisers for The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, and on the Wells Fargo Greensboro advisory board.

 

From McEachern’s Pen:

During more than 30 years leading groups and coaching other leaders, I have experienced first hand the impact of what I call insightful leadership. I view insightful leadership as a key differentiator in people that enjoy both personal and corporate success.

So many have mastered the theory of leadership, have read many books on the subject, but when it comes to application they get stuck. The reason for this is often a lack of self-awareness.

Insightful leadership can only be given by those who are grounded in a set of thoroughly examined and deeply held core principles and values. It evolves from a keen sense of self-awareness developed by authentic personal reflection.

You may reflect on questions like:

  • What is my life’s story?
  • Which leaders do I admire and why?
  • What is my purpose?
  • What values do I practice?
  • Where have I succeeded as a leader?
  • Where have I failed as a leader?
  • What motivates me?

The answers to these and other similar questions start to frame what I call your leadership approach.

Insight emerges when a leader is able to stand in his core. Some call it ‘centering’ while others describe it finding true north. Regardless of the label, when a leader reaches this place and can embrace his or her style, means of action, and approach to any given situation they will find themselves ready to truly lead as never before.

Mahatma Gandhi stands out as one who was grounded in self-awareness and was, therefore, able speak authentically and compellingly to any audience. He once spoke extemporaneously to the House of Commons for two hours without notes and kept everyone spellbound. When reporters asked his assistant about Gandhi’s ability to speak so eloquently for so long, he replied that what Gandhi says is what Gandhi feels, is what Gandhi believes, and is what Gandhi does. Gandhi was self-aware and absolutely grounded in his values and beliefs. Because of that grounding he could speak freely in any situation and naturally tailor his words to his audience. He was able to speak clearly and persuasively because he was sharing himself.

Great business leaders do the same. They are self-aware and grounded in their values and beliefs, which allows them to inspire and persuade each colleague, employee, and client in different ways with no hint of disingenuousness or a lack of authenticity. Perhaps paradoxically, part of self-awareness is becoming aware of others. This emotional intimacy is the only way to effectively assess your audience to give them what they need.

The coaching process provides clients with the tools to unlock self-awareness emotional intimacy and, ultimately, success.