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Parenting Great Kids Podcast - Episode 222

The 12 Leadership Habits of “Unicorns”

with guest William Vanderbloemen

Hosted by Dr. Meg Meeker | December 23, 2023 | 41:04 min.

If you want to raise strong leaders, there are key skills to set your family up for success. William Vanderbloemen joins Dr. Meg Meeker to discuss the 12 habits of successful individuals, also known as “unicorns.” William shares insights from his book, “Be the Unicorn,” and emphasizes that these habits are not innate skills but intentional practices that anyone can learn.

Today's Guest(s)


William Vanderbloemen

William Vanderbloemen is the CEO and founder of Vanderblumen Search Group and the author of Be the Unicorn. With a successful track record spanning over 15 years in talent identification and succession planning for organizations, he brings a wealth of expertise to the table. 

Prior to his founding of Vanderbloemen Search Group, William studied executive search under a mentor with over 25 years of executive search at the highest level. His learning taught him the very best corporate practices, including the search strategies used by the internationally known firm Russell Reynolds.


You’ve heard that leaders aren’t born, they’re made. And that’s great news. So what exactly sets exceptional leaders apart from the rest? After studying over 30,000 extensive interviews with top candidates for leadership roles, the standout unicorns at the very top consistently demonstrated strengths in 12 key areas – ranging from self-awareness to decisiveness and more. Anyone can cultivate these habits to become a strong leader. 

William shares his experience and findings, as well as draws from his personal journey, transitioning from a pastor to the business world, and highlights the challenges of balancing career aspirations with parenting responsibilities. His relatable stories and actionable insights provide for excelling in both professional and parental roles.

In this episode, you will learn how to:

  • Foster Positive Family Dynamics for a Happier Home Life.
  • Cultivate Open Communication to Strengthen Family Relationships.
  • Achieve Work-Life Balance by Implementing Twelve Successful Habits.
  • Develop Self-Awareness to Enhance Personal and Professional Growth.


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