51 episodes

How to Take the Lead is a show exploring all things leadership.

Every week we'll be exploring a different part of life as a leader, questioning everything we've ever learnt and sharing a few of our own stories along the way.

If you want to learn how to do leadership your own way, join hosts Lee Griffith (from www.sundayskies.com) and Carrie-Ann Wade (from www.cats-pajamas.co.uk) as they debunk myths, tackle stereotypes and generally put the leadership world to rights.

New episodes are released every Thursday. To get involved, share your thoughts and stories or to ask questions visit www.howtotakethelead.com or DM us via instagram, LinkedIn or twitter.

How to Take the Lead Lee Griffith and Carrie-Ann Wade

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How to Take the Lead is a show exploring all things leadership.

Every week we'll be exploring a different part of life as a leader, questioning everything we've ever learnt and sharing a few of our own stories along the way.

If you want to learn how to do leadership your own way, join hosts Lee Griffith (from www.sundayskies.com) and Carrie-Ann Wade (from www.cats-pajamas.co.uk) as they debunk myths, tackle stereotypes and generally put the leadership world to rights.

New episodes are released every Thursday. To get involved, share your thoughts and stories or to ask questions visit www.howtotakethelead.com or DM us via instagram, LinkedIn or twitter.

    What do we need to unlearn to lead well?

    What do we need to unlearn to lead well?

    Have you heard about unlearning? It sounds like the opposite of what we are all about here at How To Take The Lead - learning, growth and development. But understanding what we need to unlearn as leaders is key to that growth and development.
    In this episode we cover:
    what we mean by the concept of unlearningwhy unlearning a crucial part of our leadership journeyshow you know what you need to unlearn in order to improveSeeking feedback and engaging others in your unlearning
    As it's the last episode of this series you can also hear our highlights from series 4. Both of us particularly loved the conversation about self-leadership.
    Resources and helpful linksHow well do you lead yourself? - How to Take the Lead
    About How to Take the LeadHow to Take the Lead is a show exploring all things leadership.
    Every episode we explore a different part of life as a leader, questioning everything we've ever learnt and sharing a few of our own stories along the way.
    If you want to learn how to do leadership your own way, join hosts Lee Griffith and Carrie-Ann Wade as they debunk myths, tackle stereotypes and generally put the leadership world to rights.

    Get involvedIf you enjoyed this episode why not subscribe to the podcast. We would love it if you left us a rating or review and feel free to share the link to this episode with anyone else you think would find it interesting.
    If you want to watch this episode, subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss out.
    And you can be a part of our Substack community, where you can get extra bonus goodies, network with a community of leaders and get direct access to us both.
    We're also over on Instagram for more behind the scenes, news and views.
    Plus if you want to work with us to challenge and change leadership in your organisation get in touch by dropping us an email howtotakethelead@gmail.com or DM us on the socials.

    • 41 min
    Taking risks

    Taking risks

    What is your risk appetite as a leader?
    It's well evidenced that high-performing teams are those who are willing to take collective risk. But it's not easy to get to that place, especially if it's outside of your comfort zone.
    In this episode, we chat all things risk and why your approach to it matters. We discuss:
    how we define risks and how our approaches varyrisk awareness versus risk-takinghow your DISC profile - or preferences - can affect how you view and take risks the requirement of psychological safety in building risk appetitewhat good risk taking looks likehow to identify where you sit on a risk scalehow to become less risk averse tackling risky behaviours in others without being a killjoygetting alignment with your Board and taking people with youembracing your inner risk-taker
    Resources and helpful linksSurrounded by idiots by Thomas Erikson
    About How to Take the LeadHow to Take the Lead is a show exploring all things leadership.
    Every episode we explore a different part of life as a leader, questioning everything we've ever learnt and sharing a few of our own stories along the way.
    If you want to learn how to do leadership your own way, join hosts Lee Griffith and Carrie-Ann Wade as they debunk myths, tackle stereotypes and generally put the leadership world to rights.

    Get involvedIf you enjoyed this episode why not subscribe to the podcast. We would love it if you left us a rating or review and feel free to share the link to this episode with anyone else you think would find it interesting.
    If you want to watch this episode, subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss out.
    And you can be a part of our Substack community, where you can get extra bonus goodies, network with a community of leaders and get direct access to us both.
    We're also over on Instagram for more behind the scenes, news and views.
    Plus if you want to work with us to challenge and change leadership in your organisation get in touch by dropping us an email howtotakethelead@gmail.com or DM us on the socials.

    • 44 min
    Disruptive leadership

    Disruptive leadership

    Is being a disruptor about making trouble? We don't think so and it's one of the things we explore in this conversation about disruptive leadership. In this episode of How To Take The Lead we consider how disruptive leadership can support your teams/ organisations.
    We discuss:
    what being a disruptive leader really means?the challenges disruption can causehow to take other people on a journey of change as part of disruptiontesting out disruption in small, more manageable ways changing or shifting your mindset in relation to dispruptionbeing comfortable with your role or the role of others in disruptive leadership.
    Resources and helpful linksRebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking - Matthew Syed ConsultingDisruptive Ideas by Leandro Herrero | Goodreads
    About How to Take the LeadHow to Take the Lead is a show exploring all things leadership.
    Every episode we explore a different part of life as a leader, questioning everything we've ever learnt and sharing a few of our own stories along the way.
    If you want to learn how to do leadership your own way, join hosts Lee Griffith and Carrie-Ann Wade as they debunk myths, tackle stereotypes and generally put the leadership world to rights.

    Get involvedIf you enjoyed this episode why not subscribe to the podcast. We would love it if you left us a rating or review and feel free to share the link to this episode with anyone else you think would find it interesting.
    If you want to watch this episode, subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss out.
    And you can be a part of our Substack community, where you can get extra bonus goodies, network with a community of leaders and get direct access to us both.
    We're also over on Instagram for more behind the scenes, news and views.
    Plus if you want to work with us to challenge and change leadership in your organisation get in touch by dropping us an email howtotakethelead@gmail.com or DM us on the socials.

    • 35 min
    Are you a thought leader?

    Are you a thought leader?

    Should you be a thought leader? WHAT exactly does it mean to be a thought leader? In this week's How to Take the Lead, we discuss our thoughts on this topic, arguing the case for more leaders to talk out about things they're expert in.
    We explore:
    whether anyone can become a thought leader or if it's hierarchical what you need to bring to be a thought leader - and our equation that makes a thought leaderhow thought leadership can help you as a leaderorganisational benefits of thought leadership and how to work with your organisationwhat activities can contribute to thought leadershipthe role of controversy in thought leadershiplegacy of thought leadership ideashow you work out where your thought leadership subject lies.
    Resources and helpful linksAbout How to Take the LeadHow to Take the Lead is a show exploring all things leadership.
    Every episode we explore a different part of life as a leader, questioning everything we've ever learnt and sharing a few of our own stories along the way.
    If you want to learn how to do leadership your own way, join hosts Lee Griffith and Carrie-Ann Wade as they debunk myths, tackle stereotypes and generally put the leadership world to rights.

    Get involvedIf you enjoyed this episode why not subscribe to the podcast. We would love it if you left us a rating or review and feel free to share the link to this episode with anyone else you think would find it interesting.
    If you want to watch this episode, subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss out.
    And you can be a part of our Substack community, where you can get extra bonus goodies, network with a community of leaders and get direct access to us both.
    We're also over on Instagram for more behind the scenes, news and views.
    Plus if you want to work with us to challenge and change leadership in your organisation get in touch by dropping us an email howtotakethelead@gmail.com or DM us on the socials.

    • 43 min
    Self-leadership

    Self-leadership

    What is self-leadership?
    Why is it important?
    How do you practice it?
    These are all questions we discuss in this episode of How To Take The Lead.
    Self-leadership is about how you show up as a leader and this can mean many things. It might be the boundaries you set and communicate. Perhaps it is how you are using your time and what this demonstrates to those around you. And it could be you need to prioritise your wellbeing.
    Creating the conditions for your success - whatever you have determined that to be - requires you to be intentional in your self-leadership. This episode will give you practical advice and tips to support your self-leadership journey.
    Resources and helpful linksThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen CoveyDare to Lead Hub - Brené BrownAre we really listening? - How to Take the LeadWhy you need a personal leadership strategy - How to Take the Lead
    About How to Take the LeadHow to Take the Lead is a show exploring all things leadership.
    Every episode we explore a different part of life as a leader, questioning everything we've ever learnt and sharing a few of our own stories along the way.
    If you want to learn how to do leadership your own way, join hosts Lee Griffith and Carrie-Ann Wade as they debunk myths, tackle stereotypes and generally put the leadership world to rights.

    Get involvedIf you enjoyed this episode why not subscribe to the podcast. We would love it if you left us a rating or review and feel free to share the link to this episode with anyone else you think would find it interesting.
    If you want to watch this episode, subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss out.
    And you can be a part of our Substack community, where you can get extra bonus goodies, network with a community of leaders and get direct access to us both.
    We're also over on Instagram for more behind the scenes, news and views.
    Plus if you want to work with us to challenge and change leadership in your organisation get in touch by dropping us an email howtotakethelead@gmail.com or DM us on the socials.

    • 39 min
    Tackling toxicity

    Tackling toxicity

    We've talked a lot about culture and how it impacts performance, morale and organisational reputational. If you've been a long-term listener you will have heard our own experiences of working in organisations with poor culture and toxic behaviours. But in this episode we want to tackle it head on and explore what can be done about overcoming toxicity in organisations.
    We discuss:
    how we define toxic leadershipwhat tips the balance between an organisation being dysfunctional versus toxicwhat organisational indicators might be telling you about the state of toxicitysigns that toxic behaviours are at play in your organisation how to recognise if you're displaying toxic behavioursevidence, self-reflection, honest conversations that leaders need to have to understand the culture you're creating or perpetuatingthe top three challenges that need to be addressed to tackle toxic leadership calling out poor behaviours and creating the right conditions to role model for othersthe drain of good people leaving organisations - what can be done about it?how to deal with the personal toll of being on the receiving end of toxic leadership and the baggage that you can carry with you
    Resources and helpful linksStaying curious - How to Take the Lead S3, E10Leadership - is it all about power? How to Take the Lead S3, E9
    About How to Take the LeadHow to Take the Lead is a show exploring all things leadership.
    Every episode we explore a different part of life as a leader, questioning everything we've ever learnt and sharing a few of our own stories along the way.
    If you want to learn how to do leadership your own way, join hosts Lee Griffith and Carrie-Ann Wade as they debunk myths, tackle stereotypes and generally put the leadership world to rights.

    Get involvedIf you enjoyed this episode why not subscribe to the podcast. We would love it if you left us a rating or review and feel free to share the link to this episode with anyone else you think would find it interesting.
    If you want to watch this episode, subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss out.
    And you can be a part of our Substack community, where you can get extra bonus goodies, network with a community of leaders and get direct access to us both.
    We're also over on Instagram for more behind the scenes, news and views.
    Plus if you want to work with us to challenge and change leadership in your organisation get in touch by dropping us an email howtotakethelead@gmail.com or DM us on the socials.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Janeycbee ,

Worth subscribing too for sure!

I adore these conversations between Carrie-Ann and Lee. It’s like eavesdropping on a conversation between friends when you get to hear the goss and take away titbits too!

So much valuable content and I love that they are practical things to try too.

Definitely one to subscribe too.

Lorna_creates ,

Ask some who knows!!!

If you want to know how to be a better leader, skip making the mistakes of other, ask those who have been there!
These two share their knowledge and experiences in a way that is passionate, fun and down right hilarious! Anyone looking to further their journey and career- add this to your list immediately.
Like speaking to your friends over a drink and a few light bulb moments along the way!

enrjdoggjrjsjsjdid ,

Refreshing

Carrie-Ann and Lee definitely don’t sound like women who wear boring grey suits to work. It’s refreshing to hear leaders talking about doing things differently and it’s clear they are both great examples of people who lead in their own way.

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