3 Leadership Podcasts That Are Perfect For The Journey
Whether you are already actively working in a leadership role or you aspire to move up the leadership ladder within an organization you will want the best resources for your journey. Prior to podcasts being mainstream and readily available I read dozens of books, participated in workshops, conferences, and observed leaders around me in order to gain knowledge and skills.
With today's technology it seems we are inundated with information, subscription websites, and other programs that can often be difficult to fit into our already busy schedules. The upside of technology is the ability to listen to a podcast anytime from practically anywhere and they are usually FREE.
I have done the heavy lifting for you by sorting and sifting through the masses of information out there. I would like to share the 3 podcasts that I have found to be the most informative, helpful, and inspirational to me in my leadership journey. These 3 podcasts are all very unique and bring balance to the life of a busy leader or executive. Each of these podcasts are recorded weekly so it is very easy to find the time to listen and learn.
#1 on my list is Coaching for Leaders.
This podcast runs an average of 35-45 minutes with Dave Stachowiack who is the founder and host. Accompanying his weekly podcast is a wonderful website full of resources and archives making it easy to go back and listen to past episodes and find some of your most desired topics or favorite leaders who have been guests on the show. This podcast is rich on leadership content and brings real world leaders to the table to discuss ethics, decision making, organizational structure, workplace culture, human resources, legal issues, and all things on a leaders radar.
One of my favorite things about this podcast is the practicality of the content and the fact that Dave has some amazing guests (Simon Sinek, Adam Grant, and Tara Mohr to name a few) who share additional resources if you want to take a deeper dive into the topic (websites, recently published books, etc.). I have probably discovered no less than a dozen phenomenal books because I have heard the author as a guest on this podcast.
#2 is Michael Hyatt and Michele Cushatt's This is Your Life.
This podcast runs on average 30-40 minutes. According to Michael Hyatt's website the podcast is dedicated to intentional leadership. This podcast is beneficial for everyone, not just leaders. The content helps with overall life skills, organization, building habits, setting healthy limits, work-life balance, and the list goes on. I really like the format of the podcast in that Michael and Michele engage in discussion, but always stay on point. About mid-way through the podcast there will be a break and upon return Michele will recap the steps or content leading up to the second half. I like this refresher and if I am taking notes it is very helpful.
#3 happens to be the first podcast that got me hooked, Dave Ramsey's EntreLeadership.
This podcast is hosted by Ken Coleman, author of One Question. When I recommend this podcast I usually go through the entire explanation that Dave Ramsey isn't just the "money" guy, he has an entire organization built around supporting and developing leaders, in particular, entrepreneurs. You do not have to be an entrepreneur to benefit from the rich content and amazing guests that Ramsey Solutions is able to leverage and bring to listeners. Lou Holtz was recently on the show and the celebrity leader list has included John Maxwell, Henry Cloud, Simon Sinek, Jim Collins, Gretchen Rubin, Shawn Achor, Patrick Lencioni, Donald Miller, etc. As you can see the list is endless and averaging around 50 minutes an episode it is time well spent.
While these are my favorites and I count them as part of a well-balanced leadership diet, I would love to hear from you about the podcasts that have supported you on your journey. Feel free to comment and share!