The Lead Up Podcast
Episode 227 Dealing with Stress and Trauma as a Leader with Quint Studer

Episode 227 Dealing with Stress and Trauma as a Leader with Quint Studer

March 24, 2021

Quint Studer joins Mike for another great interview on this episode.

What's the difference between stress and trauma? 

Quint shares, "in my opinion, I think stress is usually more short-term."

There's also trauma that just continues for so long. It just wears you out. And eventually, you just started what I would call, I can't survive this trauma. 

They talk about the psychological trauma that often can't be seen, but it's there. And certainly, we've experienced that over the last 12 months from a social distancing standpoint, and a leadership standpoint. 

Mike asked Quint, "what do leaders need to be aware of, when they can't see that trauma in their team, but it's there?"

Quint shares resources to help you identify and manage stress and trauma for yourself and to help others. What you don't want to do is identify a need, and say, but we don't have anything to take care of you.

Resource links:

We've moved from stress to trauma. Here's what that means for you article by Quint Studer

Dealing with Stress and Trauma Toolkit

Episode 226 5 Steps to Connect with Your Employees

Episode 226 5 Steps to Connect with Your Employees

March 17, 2021

Episode 226 has 5 steps you will want to use to connect with your employees. 

As we all know relationships are critical in leadership. As a leader, you have to use each step to engage and grow the relationship with your employees. 

Great leadership is a rare find. People want to work with great leaders and help them succeed. 

Listen to understand- we all know this but are you practicing this step? When employees feel heard they feel valued.

Share and share often- do you communicate in your head but not to your team? Keeping your team informed is crucial. 

Be Transparent- trust is the foundation for all relationships. You lose credibility if your team doesn't trust you. Share what you know. 

Get to know one another- Create a connection with your team. Do you know your employee's goals? As a leader don't you want to help them reach their goals? Let them get to know you. 

Celebrate positive behaviors and actions - individually and publicly. Share what you expect and when an employee accomplishes something, celebrate it. 


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Episode 225 Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership with Dan Edds

Episode 225 Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership with Dan Edds

March 10, 2021

Episode 225 is full of gold nuggets for the leader or organization wishing to improve employee engagement and leadership talent. 

Mike and Dan discuss how to Crack the code of Sustainable team performance while Dan digs from the interviews he conducted while writing this great book. 

For 25 years Dan Edds has been a practicing management consultant, working with state & local government, healthcare, K-12 education, higher education, and nonprofits. He is the author of 2 books, the first, Transformation Management, and his most recent, Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership, Cracking the code of sustainable team performance. His latest book demonstrates how elite organizations are revolutionizing the practice of leadership, recreating the world of work, and setting new standards for employee engagement and customer value.



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Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership: Cracking the Code of Sustainable Team Performance




Episode 224 3 Ways to be an Empathetic Leader

Episode 224 3 Ways to be an Empathetic Leader

March 3, 2021

Empathy - the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Empathy is harder for some to express because it causes them to be vulnerable, others it comes more naturally. 

Mike shares how the recent death of his sister has really changed the way he wants to be as a leader. He shares 3 ways for leaders to be empathetic and create a better relationship with those on your team.

Compassion is the first way to be an Empathetic Leader. Compassion comes easier for some people, others really have to work hard at showing and feeling compassion for others. Stepping in and experiencing someone else's feelings and understanding their suffering even when it's uncomfortable for you can take your leadership to a whole new level. 

Availability is the second way, as opposed to select-ability. What he means is you can't select who or when you are available. You have to be available even when it may be an inconvenience for you. 

The third way is support. Stepping in and just checking on people when they are struggling even when they say they don't need anything. Most people won't ask for help or tell you when you ask that they need anything. But when you do step in, it is noticed and appreciated. 


Empathy worksheet 

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