Leveraging Leadership

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Podcast by Emily Sander

Leveraging Leadership

Are you looking to become a better leader? Do you want to learn the ins and outs of business leadership? If so, you're in the right place! Introducing the Leveraging Leadership Podcast, a show that unpacks the art of business leadership. Hosted by Emily Sander, a C-suite executive turned leadership coach, this podcast gives you access to the best tools and strategies to enhance your leadership skills and become the leader you've always wanted to be. Don’t miss your opportunity to grow as a leader! Tune in to the show every week on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Latest episodes

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28 February 2024

What to Do if Your CEO Says ‘I Don’t Know’ About Structuring Your COS Role in the Interview Process

What to do when interviewing for a Chief of Staff role and the CEO responds with "I don't know" to key questions about the role's responsibilities and structure. Emily outlines two potential scenarios and outlines how to navigate each situation. Emily also shares ongoing takeaways that every COS should remember. 

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Timestamps

00:50 Two Scenarios of CEO's Response

04:15 How to Interpret 'I Don't Know' from a CEO

05:34 Key Takeaways for Aspiring Chiefs of Staff

08:08 Continuing the Conversation about Your Role

09:28 Conclusion and Next Steps

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Emily Sander is a C-suite executive turned leadership coach. Her corporate career spanned Fortune 500 companies and scrappy start-ups. She is an ICF-certified leadership coach and the author of two books, An Insider’s Perspective on the Chief of Staff and Hacking Executive Leadership. Emily works with early to senior executives to step into effective leadership with one-on-one coaching. Go here to read her story from seasoned executive to knowledgeable coach.

Get your free Chief of Staff Skills Assessment Checklist here.

Download your free Chief of Staff Toolkit here

To learn more about Emily and Next Level Coaching, click here.

Follow Emily on LinkedIn | YouTube

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26 February 2024

Natalie Crohn: Chief of Staff at Johns Hopkins on Coaching Fridays, OneNote, Relationship Building

In this episode of Leveraging Leadership, host Emily Sander, a former Chief of Staff turned Executive Leadership Coach, sits down with Natalie Crohn, who has served as Chief of Staff at two different organizations. The pair share their experiences in the role, with topics from authenticity and networking to the handling of day-to-day challenges and strategic planning, there's plenty of insight to take away. Also, don't miss Natalie's unique Chief of Staff-themed cocktail recommendation. Hit subscribe to continue your leadership journey with us.

Natalie Crohn on LinkedIn

Natalie Crohn has expertly navigated a diverse professional journey, from social work to IT consulting, and ultimately, into a strategic Chief of Staff role. She initially started in healthcare, transitioned into IT consulting, and circled back to healthcare, gaining diverse expertise. Natalie discovered her passion for strategic management at Catalent, a biopharmaceutical company, and later expanded her skills as the Chief of Staff at Magellan Health and currently, Johns Hopkins Health. Alongside her career, Natalie actively champions organizational culture, diversity, and inclusion initiatives. Deemed an authentic leader, Natalie is always eager to learn, develop, and serve others.

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Timestamps

00:57 Guest Introduction: Natalie Cron

01:27 Natalie's Journey to Chief of Staff

05:28 Transitioning Between Chief of Staff Roles

09:46 The Importance of Authenticity in Leadership

11:59 The Role of Coaching Fridays in Leadership Development

17:26 The Importance of Authenticity in the Workplace

24:12 Advice for New Chiefs of Staff

28:08 Tools for Staying Organized as a Chief of Staff

32:09 The Chief of Staff Cocktail: A Fun Analogy

33:21 Final Thoughts

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Emily Sander is a C-suite executive turned leadership coach. Her corporate career spanned Fortune 500 companies and scrappy start-ups. She is an ICF-certified leadership coach and the author of two books, An Insider’s Perspective on the Chief of Staff and Hacking Executive Leadership. Emily works with early to senior executives to step into effective leadership with one-on-one coaching. Go here to read her story from seasoned executive to knowledgeable coach.

Get your free Chief of Staff Skills Assessment Checklist here.

Download your free Chief of Staff Toolkit here.

To learn more about Emily and Next Level Coaching, click here.

Follow Emily on LinkedIn | YouTube

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21 February 2024

What are Chief of Staff Duties in Business? Learn 5 examples of what a COS actually does day-to-day

Curious about the responsibilities of a Chief of Staff? Emily shares five specific duties in business she handled in her role. From spearheading the recruitment of key executives to revamping marketing strategies and ensuring the CEO's well-being, these examples offer a glimpse into the daily life of a Chief of Staff. Use them to assess whether this role aligns with your own responsibilities, share them with those wondering about the Chief of Staff's duties, or gain valuable insights into the diverse activities this position involves.

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Timestamps

01:03 Exploring the Daily Tasks of a Chief of Staff

02:00 Recruiting and Training Key Hires

04:51 The Importance of Flash Reports

08:09 Gap Filling: A Key Responsibility of a Chief of Staff

10:06 Revamping Corporate Marketing

12:58 Maintaining CEO Sanity: A Crucial Role of a Chief of Staff

17:41 Takeaways

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Emily Sander is a C-suite executive turned leadership coach. Her corporate career spanned Fortune 500 companies and scrappy start-ups. She is an ICF-certified leadership coach and the author of two books, An Insider’s Perspective on the Chief of Staff and Hacking Executive Leadership. Emily works with early to senior executives to step into effective leadership with one-on-one coaching. Go here to read her story from seasoned executive to knowledgeable coach.

Get your free Chief of Staff Skills Assessment Checklist here.

Download your free Chief of Staff Toolkit here.

To learn more about Emily and Next Level Coaching, click here.

Follow Emily on LinkedIn | YouTube

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19 February 2024

Ed Sullivan: US Marine Corps Chief of Staff, Proxy Decision-Making, Strategic Ops, Command Dynamics

In Leveraging Leadership, Emily Sander interviews Ed Sullivan, Marine Chief of Staff. Ed shares 30 years in the Marines, covering his journey from ROTC cadet to Colonel. The conversation explores proxy roles, leadership challenges, the significance of trust and communication, and high-stakes decisions. They discuss evolving military strategies, personal leadership styles influenced by observation and philosophy, and the discipline required for effective military leadership. Ed's insights provide a behind-the-scenes look at military command roles and highlight the importance of camaraderie in leadership.

Plus, both Ed and Emily have Meditations by Marcus Aurelias on their bookshelves as a must-read!

Ed Sullivan on LinkedIn

Book Reference: Meditations by Marcus Aurelias

Ed’s Bio

Ed Sullivan is a retired Marine Chief of Staff with over 30 years of distinguished service. His career began as an ROTC cadet and evolved into various leadership roles, including a foreign area officer and an attache to the Sultan of Oman. Ed's tenure included critical positions in intelligence and information systems for the U.S. Special Operations Command and oversight of Marine Corps recruiting and training operations. His expertise encompasses international diplomacy, strategic decision-making, and a deep commitment to the values and camaraderie of the Marine Corps. Ed's leadership journey reflects a profound dedication to service and excellence.

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Timestamps

00:51 Guest Introduction: Ed, the Military Chief of Staff

01:27 Ed's Journey in the Marines

07:07 Ed's Experience as a Marine Corps Foreign Area Officer

08:42 Ed's Transition to Chief of Staff

11:37 Ed's Role as Chief of Staff at Marine Corps Recruit Depot

20:28 Understanding the Role of Chief of Staff in a Military Context

26:44 Building Trust and Communication within the Team

29:36 Decision-Making in Military Leadership

32:33 Managing Staff and Operations

39:33 The Challenges and Solutions in Organizing Family Day

43:05 The Evolution of Military Leadership

49:54 The Power of Stoic Philosophy in Leadership

51:38 Final Thoughts

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Emily Sander is a C-suite executive turned leadership coach. Her corporate career spanned Fortune 500 companies and scrappy start-ups. She is an ICF-certified leadership coach and the author of two books, An Insider’s Perspective on the Chief of Staff and Hacking Executive Leadership. Emily works with early to senior executives to step into effective leadership with one-on-one coaching. Go here to read her story from seasoned executive to knowledgeable coach.

Get your free Chief of Staff Skills Assessment Checklist here.

Download your free Chief of Staff Toolkit here.

To learn more about Emily and Next Level Coaching, click here.

Follow Emily on LinkedIn | YouTube


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14 February 2024

Book Club: Essentialism by Greg McKeown - The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Are you ready to be a great leader and get more done?

Join Emily as she breaks down the key points of the book Essentialism by Greg McKeown. One of her top books for leaders. In the episode, learn the “way of the essentialist”, focusing on what really matters, how to decide on what opportunities to pursue (and which to pass on), what it means to “protect the asset,” and the story of Herbie The Hiker. 

This episode is perfect for people who want to learn how to make smart choices and be more productive.

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Timestamps

01:29 Essentialism: Living by Design, Not Default

02:03 The Concept of Non-Essentialist vs Essentialist

04:04 Protecting the Asset: You

06:09 Evaluating Opportunities: The Minimum and Extreme Criteria

08:54 The Art of Decision Making: Cutting or Killing

09:53 The Story of Herbie the Hiker: Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles

11:48 The Power of Concentrated Energy: The Lamp vs The Laser Beam

13:37 Takeaways

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Emily Sander is a C-suite executive turned leadership coach. Her corporate career spanned Fortune 500 companies and scrappy start-ups. She is an ICF-certified leadership coach and the author of two books, An Insider’s Perspective on the Chief of Staff and Hacking Executive Leadership. Emily works with early to senior executives to step into effective leadership with one-on-one coaching. Go here to read her story from seasoned executive to knowledgeable coach.

Get your free Chief of Staff Skills Assessment Checklist here.

Download your free Chief of Staff Toolkit here.

To learn more about Emily and Next Level Coaching, click here.

Follow Emily on LinkedIn | YouTube

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12 February 2024

Maggie Olson: T-Mobile Chief of Staff to Founder of Nova Chief of Staff, Certification Courses

In this episode, Emily and Maggie, both Seattle natives and UW alumni, go into Maggie's role as a Chief of Staff at T-Mobile for Business. Maggie shares insights into her responsibilities, from filling gaps in back-office functions to building a Chief of Staff team. The conversation emphasizes the importance of asking for help and leveraging resources. Maggie discusses her transition from Chief of Staff to founding Nova Chief of Staff, offering a certification course for aspiring and current Chiefs of Staff.

Plus hear their sidebar tangent on Nordstrom personal shoppers!

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