6 Podcast Episodes You Should Listen to Right Now to Improve Your Leadership

We have gathered 6 podcasts episodes with experts and industry leaders. They discuss what it’s like to lead teams during this crisis and shed light on what it takes to be a strong and effective leader with both mental and practical tips.

If you decide to view this as an opportunity, you can strengthen your leadership skills, develop more honest and transparent communication efforts, and build a stronger company culture.

Now sync up an episode and expand your perspective.

1. Best Practices For Managing Remote Teams with Hassan Osman

“If people are not willing to take action to help someone who is dying (due to the bystander effect), then they will probably not take responsibility for assigned tasks. In remote teams, this bystander effect is compounded even further because of the lack of face-to-face interaction. So this is why you need to assign responsibility the right way.”

“Use direct language whenever you assign responsibility to avoid confusion and ambiguity.”

“Always assign a task to a single person, because if you assign it to a group, you will create that same bystander effect.”

Hassan Osman is a Program Management Office (PMO) Director at Cisco Systems where he leads global virtual teams on delivering large and complex programs. He is the author of several Amazon Bestselling books, including Influencing Virtual Teams and Don’t Reply All


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2. How Businesses Need To Start “Tightening Up Into Letting Go”

“As you tighten up and shift the company’s plans… brand courage allows leaders to realize there is opportunity here.”

“The more risks you can take with that voice, the more it will improve creativity, messaging, and memorability for your company.”

“The lesson is to avoid, at all costs, passivity… it’s the kiss of death.”

This episode is full of actionable tactics, strategies, and pivoting mindsets that will allow you to better deal with our new reality.


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3. Learn How To Lead In A Crisis with Ken Coleman

“You cannot take care of anybody else if you cannot take care of yourself… you can play this superhero for a while, but it is not going to last.”

“If you as the leader cause your own demise and crash, you are not just taking you out, you are taking a good portion of the organization out. If I want to lead others, I have to first lead myself.”

“If you want to build trust, transparency, a strong team… as a leader it’s ok to say, ‘I do not have the answer, that’s why I hired all you brilliant people.’”

Learn how to stay calm, get clarity, and lead your business with courage with insights from bestselling author Ken Coleman.

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4. When to Show Emotion, with Bonni Stachowiak

“We must be over communicating… and we also need to be communicating about what we don’t know.”

“Authenticity is very powerful and you can really see when a leader is faking it, and not really able to be present in the moment that is emerging. And a lot of what is going on is fear… bring some wisdom about fear and what it does to us.”

“Leaders are people too, they are human. Most of us want to be led by someone who is transparent and real and doesn’t try to pretend that they are not facing struggle and difficulty too.”

Bonni Stachowiak is the host of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast and a professor of business and management at Vanguard University. Prior to her academic career, Bonni was a human resources consultant and executive officer for a publicly traded company. She is the author of The Productive Online and Offline Professor.


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5. A Crisis Leadership Session with General Stanley McChrystal

“Leaders have to understand that what they are trying to do in an organization is to create this equivalent: the level of integration and collaboration that a war requires.”

“Leaders do have to be tough enough now, but a lot of that starts with being absolutely upfront with people. In small organizations, every small business is under pressure, you have to get in front of your people… and be brutally candid with their team members but not to the point of being unable to make tough decisions or push people when we need to push hard.”

“Everyone’s looking for a box of crisis tricks. But the hard truth is that it simply doesn’t exist” says retired General Stanley McChrystal. Instead of looking for a new style, lead with the same things that motivate people on a normal basis: be honest, communicate clearly and build your team up.


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6. Interview with John Maxwell on the neuroscience of leadership + tips on how to lead during a crisis

“It’s ok to be uncertain, it’s not ok to be unclear.”

“If we prepare correctly today, we don’t have to repair tomorrow.”

“Leaders don’t provide answers, they provide an awareness and preparation for people to do well in the moment today.”

“If we test more and fail more we learn more. When people say, ‘how do I increase my learnings?’ – you increase your testing and you increase your failing.”

Crises can be watershed moments, pushing us to get out of our comfort zone, teaching us to embrace our fears and helping us to make the most of living in the moment, as discussed in this podcast with leadership expert and best-selling author John Maxwell.


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As we transition from what was normal into this new way of working together, we should embrace the ability to try out new techniques and strengthen communication with our teams.

Remember, the only constant in life is change, so rather than fighting against it, embrace it. As Ken Coleman says, do not be afraid to claim ignorance in not knowing the right answer but rather unify with your team to solve problems together.