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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24 April 2024

DISC Assessment: A Guide to Profile Styles for Business

Ever wonder why you “click” with some people and “clank” with others?

DISC is a behavioral assessment tool, kind of like Myers-Briggs Clifton Strengths, but I like it because it only has four Styles.

In this deep dive episode, I’ll take you through the DISC methodology, how to identify your DISC Profile Style and what to look for in others to identify their Style. You’ll get some tactical and practical takeaways for how to communicate more effectively for each Style. We’ll also go through how to tell your “natural style” and “adapted style” and what to do if they are too far apart.

I facilitated running DISC reports for my CEO and leadership team as Chief of Staff. It was a great way to get to know each other better, communicate and collaborate more effectively, streamlined and accelerated us “gelling,” and was also fun guessing everyone’s Style.

Resources:

Taking Flight

Assessments 24x7 

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Timestamps

00:34 The Power of DISC Report in Leadership

01:58 Understanding DISC Assessment and Its Importance

02:41 The Platinum Rule in DISC

03:18 The Three-Part Framework of DISC

13:08 The Four DISC Styles: Dominant, Influential, Steady, Conscientious

16:09 Strengths and Challenges of Each DISC Style

16:43 The Dominant

18:42 The Influencer

20:37 The Steadies

23:22 The Conscientious Style

26:08 Importance of Diverse Styles in High Performing Teams

27:22 Identifying the Best Style for Different Scenarios

30:00 Understanding Natural and Adapted Styles

32:52 Adapting Communication Styles for Effective Interactions

39:32 Understanding Commonalities and Differences in DISC Styles

41:07 Practical Takeaways and Recommendations

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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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22 April 2024

Air Traffic Controller to Chief of Staff: The Power of Humility & Prioritization with Jim Terheyden

You’ve heard the analogy used to describe a COS, but is it true? Jim Terheyden was a real-life air traffic controller in the Marines. Hear his take!

Jim and I also talked about the theme of humility in the role, managing team dynamics, spearheading an overseas initiative, and knowing which balls to drop when you get overwhelmed.

Jim on LinkedIn

Smartcar

Jim Terheyden is a seasoned leadership expert with a rich background as a former Marine air traffic controller, bringing military precision to strategic business guidance. His adeptness at navigating complex team dynamics and steering projects through uncertainty has made him a venerated Chief of Staff in the business world. Jim champions the cultivation of resilience, adaptability, and emotional detachment in decision-making, ensuring organizations thrive even amidst unpredictability. His experience highlights the importance of humility and collaboration, making him a guiding force for companies looking to foster a culture of dynamic leadership and team synergy.

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Timestamps

00:55 The Analogy of Air Traffic Controller and Chief of Staff

01:41 The Invisible Impact of a Chief of Staff

02:13 The Challenges of Interdepartmental Clashes

03:48 The Role of a Chief of Staff in a Startup

06:01 The Importance of Humility and Flexibility in Leadership

10:48 The Role of a Chief of Staff in Facilitating Team Dynamics

13:38 The Challenge of Managing a Remote Team

14:12 The Importance of Trust in a Team

21:19 The Role of a Chief of Staff in Project Management

31:16 The Importance of Investing in Your Team

36:50 Key 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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17 April 2024

Getting Real with a Congressman: Mental Health and Vulnerability

Learn how the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee overcame panic attacks and severe physical pain.

Emily has a special connection to this Congressman as she served as their intern right after university!

Hear about the special connection the Congressman had with his Chief of Staff throughout the process.

 

Read Lost and Broken


Resources listed in the back of the book:

American Psychological Association

Anxiety & Depression Association of America

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Find Treatment

National Institute of Mental Health

Muscle Activation Techniques

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Timestamps

00:09 Book Club: 'Lost and Broken' by Congressman Adam Smith
00:21 Emily's Special Connection to the Congressman
01:16 The Role of a Chief of Staff in a Congressman's Journey
02:03 The Journey of Congressman Adam Smith
05:47 The Struggles of Imposter Syndrome
07:26 The Physical and Mental Challenges Faced
09:40 The Importance of Seeking Help
11:17 The Role of a Chief of Staff in Crisis Management
16:39 The Human Side of Leadership 20:07 Quote from the book

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Free Resources:

Get in touch with Emily:

 

WHO AM I?

If we haven’t yet before - Hi👋 I’m Emily, Chief of Staff turned Executive Leadership Coach. After a thrilling ride up the corporate ladder, I’m focusing on what I love - working with people to realize their professional and personal goals. Through my videos here on this channel, books, podcast guest spots, and newsletter, I share new ideas and practical and tactical tools to help you be more productive and build the career and life you want.

 

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15 April 2024

From Strongwoman to Life Coach: Zoe Thompson's Secrets to Resilience!

It’s not every day you get to talk to someone who has lifted a car, helps people tap into their inner and outer strength, and is an NLP and CBT practitioner!

But that’s what happened in this episode of Leveraging Leadership. Zoe Thompon stopped by and we had a great conversation around building resilience personally and professionally, balancing health and productivity, making choices and saying “yes”, reframing thoughts and acting “as if.”

Zoe Thompson on LinkedIn

Phoenix Coaching Website

Zoe Thompson is a former international strongwoman competitor and a 20-year UK Police Service veteran. Now a transformative strength coach, she leverages her expertise in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to empower individuals in their personal and professional lives. With a deep understanding of resilience and self-discovery, Zoe guides her clients to unlock their full potential, fostering growth through reframing thoughts and actions. Her coaching methods are enriched by her own experiences, where she mastered the art of balancing rigorous competition with single parenthood and a demanding career.

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Timestamps

01:32 Zoe Thompson's Background and Journey to Strong Woman Competition

05:53 The Impact of Physical Challenges on Personal Growth

10:07 Exploring Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

13:40 The Power of Perspective and Choice in Personal Development

20:42 Understanding Emotions and Their Importance

22:56 The Power of Body Language

24:22 How Our Physical State Impacts Our Mental State

25:09 Asserting Presence in Meetings

31:06 The Importance of Rest and Downtime

34:42 The Art of Balancing Productivity and Rest

36:58 Cultural Differences in Expressing Appreciation

39:03 Connecting with Zoe and Learning More

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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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10 April 2024

How to deal with “incompetent” team members

This episode is about being a good situational leader when a team member is driving you nuts

First, make sure you’re using the right word to describe them. Are they truly incompetent (i.e. unable to perform a task, are incapable of it) or is this a training or communication issue - is it a “YOU thing”?

Are you “bracketing” them correctly? Teams will be made up of three groups, over performers, average (this is not a bad thing, you need these folks), and underperformers.

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Timestamps

00:09 Understanding Incompetence in a Team

00:59 Differentiating Between Incompetence and Different Work Styles

01:44 Recognizing the Reality of Team Performance

03:38 The Importance of Diverse Work Styles and Ambitions

04:28 Addressing True Incompetence

05:08 Evaluating and Assessing Team Members

05:59 Conclusion

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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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08 April 2024

Fractional Chief of Staff: What it is and how it works

Nathan Lian went from working at JP Morgan, to startups, and is our first guest who works as a part-time Chief of Staff. Learn the differences and similarities between a full-time Chief of Staff role. 

We chat about:

-       How he selects which companies to work with

-       How many companies he works with at one time

-       What kind of projects he works on within companies

-       Which team members he interacts with

-       How he keeps himself organized being COS for multiple companies.

Nathan on LinkedIn

Nathan is a strategic leadership expert who has seamlessly transitioned from the high-pressure environment of investment banking at JPMorgan to mastering the Chief of Staff role in the fintech startup sphere. As a fractional Chief of Staff, he specializes in navigating companies through critical phases of growth and transformation, leveraging his experience in scaling marketing efforts, strategic finance, and executive team dynamics. Nathan is known for his ability to influence without direct authority and for his dedication to aligning his professional endeavors with his personal values and passion for innovative fintech solutions.

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Timestamps

00:43 Nathan's Journey to Chief of Staff

02:53 The First 90 Days as a Chief of Staff

06:06 The Challenges of Being a Chief of Staff

17:38 The Role of a Fractional Chief of Staff

21:03 Balancing Multiple Projects as a Fractional Chief of Staff

27:26 Choosing the Right Projects as a Fractional Chief of Staff

40:23 Advice for Aspiring Chiefs of Staff

43:21 Conclusion and 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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