Leveraging Leadership

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Emily Sander

30 October 2023

30m 25s

Two-time COS Aarti Bhatnagar: Transitioning Roles, Delegation, and Sustaining Business Rhythm



In this episode, Aarti Bhatnagar, a former Chief of Staff turned leadership coach, takes listeners on a deep dive into her career journey, highlighting the dexterity and dynamism required in the Chief of Staff role. Aarti’s experience spans from management consulting to spearheading high-impact social initiatives, equipping her with invaluable insights into business leadership. 

We also explore her transition into coaching, the lessons she learned, and the wisdom she gleaned from seasoned leaders. Aarti emphasizes the importance of low ego in leadership roles, advising listeners on how to stay grounded and ignite their inner leader. She also unpacks the power of delegation, underlining its vital role in her successful career transition. 

Whether you're a current Chief of Staff, an aspirant, or simply interested in the intricacies of business leadership, this episode offers a wealth of insights and inspiration. Tune in to hear Aarti’s compelling journey and her insights into leadership.


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Aarti is open to conversations about leadership, coaching, and the Chief of Staff role. Whether you're currently a Chief of Staff, aspiring to be one, or simply intrigued by the intricacies of business leadership, Aarti welcomes your insights and inquiries. Connect with her today!


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0:00:06 - Aarti's journey to becoming a leadership coach and her role as Chief of Staff.

0:03:20 - The multifaceted Chief of Staff role.

0:08:42 - Setting weekly priorities and adapting to change.

0:11:15 – "Walking deck" and improving communication as Chief of Staff.

0:16:32 - A strategic initiative to enhance communication within her company.

0:23:49 – The transition from Chief of Staff to leadership coach and lessons learned.

0:26:17 – Understanding a principal's strengths and adapting for effective leadership.


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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.


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