Leaders are generous learners, seeking out new ways to grow while sharing their learning with others.
And podcasts are one of my favorite ways to do this! 🤓
Here are my Top 10 favorite November leadership podcasts that inspired & challenged me.
Read through individually or SPOILER ALERT, you can skip to the end for a curated playlist of all ten!
1. A Bit of Optimism: How To Be An Optimist with Pat Berges
Simon Sinek talks with Pat about how an unexpected life event taught him how to become an optimist and the power it held for his new journey.
👉 Optimism is a skill we can build.
👉 Visualization is a strategy that pulled through when others didn’t.
2. The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish: Alan Mulally: The Power of Working Together
Alan talks through his leadership and life philosophy of “love by design.”
❤️ The purpose of life is to love and be loved. In that order.
🙏 Live an integrated life, where you’re paying attention to the things that you really believe are important in your life to serve.
🤝 They’re not working for me, they’re working for what we’re trying to accomplish.
3. Focus On This: Leveraging the Power of Attention
👉Repetition and visibility play key roles in helping us focus on what’s important.
👉This is why rituals are so powerful because we’re repeating these things intentionally. And the more we repeat stuff, the more we internalize it. And the more we internalize it, the more that stuff begins to change us.
👉Make your goals and mantras visible. Find a way to see them every day.
4. The Marie Forleo Podcast: Feel More Grateful in 30 Seconds
Are you practicing gratitude and not feeling the emotional benefits?
Because gratitude shouldn’t be just a mental exercise, it should fill you up emotionally.
Try getting specific. Instead of writing down five things you’re grateful for, in general, write down five reasons you’re grateful for one thing.
Going deep with gratitude will be more impactful. And that’s backed by research.🤓
5. The Learning Leader Show with Ryan Hawk: Do Your Habits Today Align With Your Goals Of Tomorrow?
Ted Rath, VP of Player Performance For The Philadelphia Eagles, shares life and leadership wisdom that focuses on a mindset and process to support continuous improvement.
🎯 What is your daily routine to help you make progress towards your goals?
👂 The greatest players love being coached & seek out feedback.
☀️ Every day is an opportunity.
He also shares three things that people need from their leaders: to feel appreciated, protected, and to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
6. Ted Talks Daily Great Leadership Is a Network, Not a Hierarchy with Gitte Frederiksen
When problems are complex, we need everyone to be a leader.
Gitte shares three things you can do to distribute leadership:
- remove labels
- share everything
- be kind.
These require breaking away from tradition, giving up control, and getting messy in the process. But in turn, we get an increase in ownership and help with balance. All of that creates something that is more resilient, sustainable, dimensional, and beautiful.
When we replace the power of the few with the influence of many, it allows us to do more and do it better.
7. Maxwell Leadership Podcast: How to Gather Great People Around You
Ego and momentum are key to attracting top-level leaders on your team AND are both up to you as the leader.
😬 Ego is something every leader will have to check at some point. We have to be mindful to course-correct when this happens.
😳 Leaders with big egos do NOT attract top people.
Be sure to check out the 9 steps to attracting great people free resource.
8. Life Kit How To Rethink the Way You Spend Your Time – and Life With Oliver Burkeman
The author of Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management For Mortals shares, “The trouble with attempting to master your time, it turns out, is that time ends up mastering you.”
A better approach is seeking out what is meaningful. Instead of asking ourselves, “Will this make me happy?” (because it turns out we aren’t that great at predicting what will actually make us happy), ask “Will this path enlarge me or diminish me?”
This one of my favorite recent reads and this podcast gives you a thought-provoking glimpse into the insight Oliver offers.
9. The Daily Stoic with Ryan Holiday: This Is How You Strengthen Your Soul
Just like training muscles or learning a new skill, you have to exercise your soul.
According to the great Jesuit Monk Anthony DeMello, there are three intellectual feats that we struggle with on a regular basis, that are harder than just about any physical activity on the planet. Just three. They are, he said, in this order:
❤️ Returning love for hate.
🤝 Including the excluded.
🤓 Admitting you are wrong.
This is not a modern issue. There are few of these kinds of souls, which makes it way more important.
Try to find ways to be more loving, more inclusive, and more open-minded each day and strengthen your soul.
10. How to Be Awesome at Your Job: How to Solve Tough Problems through Both/And Thinking with Marianne Lewis
While Either/OR thinking is our default, we can start using Both/AND thinking by changing the kinds of questions we ask and having an abundant rather than scarcity mindset.
The problem is not the problem. The problem is the way we think about the problem.Paul Watzlawick
Start thinking like the creative geniuses do. Picasso took advantage of light/dark, Einstein used movement/rest, Virginia Wolfe saw life/death, and Mozart made timeless music with harmony/discord.
See the real value in the tensions of a paradox and watch conflicts turn into opportunities.☯️
🎧 Want to give these a listen? Check out my Top 10 Leadership Podcasts from November 2022 playlist here.
And once you listen and hear something that resonates with you (because I guarantee you will!), share and tag me!
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