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Listen Up! Podcasts to Grow Your Leadership Skills

I don't read many leadership books these days mostly because I tend to read right before I go to bed and I usually can't make it past a couple of pages before my eyes snap shut.

As a lifelong learner always seeking to keep my saw sharpened, I've turned to podcasts instead so I can listen to them while I'm pedaling on my bike trainer, driving in the car or walking my dog. I especially like podcasts that are thirty minutes or less because they tend to keep my attention more.

I turned to my LinkedIn community for their top leadership podcast recommendations to save me time navigating through the overwhelming amount of content out there (did you know there are almost 2,000,000 podcasts and over 43 million episodes available???).

Here are some of their favorites:

  • Work Life - Hosted by Adam Grant. "Takes you inside some unusual places where they've figured out how to make work not suck."

  • Channel Mastery - Hosted by Kristin Carpenter. "Helping listeners maintain their success and resilience in our world's constantly changing retail landscapes."

  • The Knowledge Project - "A podcast about better thinking, problem solving and decision making."

  • Extreme Ownership- Hosted by Jocko Willink. "Discuss discipline and leadership in business, war, relationships and everyday life."

  • Unlocking Us - Hosted by Brene Brown. "Unpack and explore the ideas, stories, experiences, books, films and movies that reflect the universal experiences of being human."

  • Dare to Lead - Hosted by Brene Brown. "Conversations with change catalysts, culture shifters and more than a few troublemakers who are innovating, creating and daring to lead."

  • How I Built This - Hosted by Guy Raz. "The stories behind some of the world's best known companies."

  • Coaching for Leaders - Hosted by Dave Stachiowiak. "Leadership wisdom through insightful conversations."

  • Entreleadership - Hosted by Dave Ramsey. "Lively discussions and tips on leadership and business by some of the top minds in business."

  • Lead to Win - Hosted by Michael Hiatt and Megan Hiatt Miller. "From personal productivity to personal development, self-leadership to team leadership, and intentionality to influence, get the insights and tools you need to win at work and succeed at life."

  • What's Her Story - Hosted by Samantha Ettus and Amy Nelson. "Each episode features a woman at the top of her field sharing her story - the personal and professional - as she has never told it before."

  • Talent Angle - "Every month, we’ll talk with those on the forefront of HR innovation — innovators, academics, HR professionals, economists, coaches — to explore the most interesting and cutting-edge ideas in the world of HR and people development."

  • Finding Mastery - Hosted by Michael Gervais. "This podcast dives into the self-discovery process and the mental skills that allow people to be great — things like confidence, calm, grit, focus, trust, optimism, setting a vision for your life and more."

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Happy listening,


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