The Lead Up Podcast
Episode 239 The Leadership Challenge with Jim Kouzes

Episode 239 The Leadership Challenge with Jim Kouzes

June 29, 2021

On this episode of The LeadUp Podcast Mike is joined by special guest Jim Kouzes. 

Jim is a best-selling author of The Leadership Challenge

They waste no time diving into the gaps in leadership today. According to Jim, the biggest gap is between frontlines and the senior executives.  The farther you get from the leader the lower the scores. 

All the ZOOM meetings and technology that we use now to communicate with our teams can take out some personalized conversations. Jim suggests making some time at the beginning of the meetings to get better acquainted with the team.

Jim also shared the importance of meeting with each individual during the workweek. This could be a 10-minute face-to-face or a phone call. 

Research shows most leaders do not get their first leadership training until 10 years after being in a leadership role. Can you imagine being on a plane and the pilot not telling you they had been flying but without any training? 

Leadership training is so important - leadership is about relationships.

The more you set a good example and make the values of the organization clear the more engagement you will have with the team. Studies show when employees feel like they are making an impact and that they matter the longer they will stay with their company. 

Jim says they are finding in research that employees are needing more compassion and support from their leaders more than ever.

We should ask ourselves as leaders -What are the skills and abilities that I need to have, in order for them to perform at their highest level? After all, what's the job of a leader anyway to make people better, worse, or stay the same?

Listen to the entire interview for more great insight from Jim. 


Learn more about Jim on his website.

You can find Jim on LinkedInTwitter, and FB

Episode 238 Leading After the Trauma with Diana Hendel

Episode 238 Leading After the Trauma with Diana Hendel

June 16, 2021

We welcome our special guest, Diana Hendel to this episode of The LeadUp Podcast. 

Diana is a former CEO of Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children's and Women's Hospital in California. She is the co-author of Why Cope When You Can Heal? : How Healthcare Heroes of COVID-19 Can Recover from PTSD and author of Responsible: A Memoir

Diana shares, how midway in her career, she found having an executive coach to be a valuable asset to her growth as a leader. Her coach helped her work through areas of vulnerability that she might otherwise push aside.

Diana talks with Mike about trauma and crisis and how they can create a lot of unnecessary stress.

"Crisis does not make us a leader, it reveals whether we are a leader," Mike.

Diana shares a traumatic experience she had while being CEO. An employee came into her hospital and shot and killed 2 supervisors and then turned the gun on himself.

She learned a very important lesson as a leader that day - that it was crucial for her to be able to guide those she leads through this crisis.

She was the leader but had also gone through the same trauma the rest of her team had endured.

In her book, she talks about the importance of not just coping but processing the cause to move towards healing and closure. 

Be sure to pick up a copy of Diana's books and follow her on FB and LinkedIn



Episode237 3 Things To Know To Build Your Team

Episode237 3 Things To Know To Build Your Team

June 9, 2021

In episode 237 Mike shares 3 Things to Know to Build a Team.

Whether you are the Hiring Manager or just a leader in general hiring the wrong person can disrupt the whole team.

Mike shares the importance of knowing yourself so that you don't make the same mistakes when hiring that you have in the past.

Every interview question you ask needs to be built around the values of the organization. 

Mike has interviewed 1000's of candidates for various levels of positions and reviewed even more resumes. He is very aware of how important it is to not waste time and money on someone that is not in line with where you want your team to go.

Did you know 67% of companies in America say they make hiring mistakes? One way to solve this is to have processes in place from hiring to training and continued connection after the first 90 days. 

We offer some great tools on our website that can help improve your hiring process. Just click the links below or contact us for more information on how we can help you developed your hiring and onboarding systems. 

The Master of Hiring Action Pack

Become a Master of Hiring-webinar

Be sure to follow Mike on FB, LinkedIn, and YouTube

Episode 236 View from the Top with Aaron Walker

Episode 236 View from the Top with Aaron Walker

June 2, 2021

On this special guest episode, we are joined by Aaron Walker. Aaron is the author of View From The Top, a must-read to fully understand how to live a life of success and significance.

Aaron shares with us the importance of striving for excellence, doing the hard stuff, and surrounding ourselves with people that will lift us to be our best. 

"You've got to always be sharpening your saw, you've always got to be getting the little extra edge. Not just going out there, like a bottle rocket without a stick on it, you know, spewing around everywhere."~ Aaron Walker

Aaron tells us why we've got to look outward more, we've got to look for opportunities around us to be a leader. Having mentors to help us think through our ideas and help us grow. When we can find an environment that we can be honest, authentic, transparent, and vulnerable, that we can then eradicate those things from our life and get on solid ground so that we can build an amazing life. 

Listen to the entire episode for more insight from Aaron and Mike. 

You can follow Aaron on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter 

Aaron's website View from the Top  


Click here to purchase the Daily Compass Quarterly Planner Mike mentioned in the podcast.


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