18 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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    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

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.

    The reunion

    The reunion

    In this bonus episode of How To Take The Lead it’s our end of series after party ... or reunion show, if you watch too much Below Deck like Lee!
    In this episode we reflect on and discuss the things we wished we'd covered in the first series, bits we missed, what we've learnt and everything in between, including:
    · 10:22 – that Jack Duckworth moment
    · 11:29 – how The Wellcome Trust handled racism
    · 14:27 – Virgin Atlantic ditch the power suit
    · 16:32 – everyday sexism
    · 20:08 – when can we stop asking if a woman can lead the country?
    · 24:40 – storytelling when you maybe don’t feel like it
    · 26:45 – there’s so much more to explore
    There’s no top takeaways from us but we are excited to announce we have launched our How To Take the Lead social media channels. You will be able to find all the good stuff on Insta and Twitter:
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/howtotakethelead/ (@howtotakethelead)
    Twitter https://twitter.com/How2TakeTheLead (@how2takethelead)
    So why not give us a follow to see what we're up to on our summer hiatus and share your thoughts on what we've covered in series one.
    If 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, using #HowToTakeTheLead
    Series two of How To Take The Lead lands in October 2022!
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    You can find out more about Lee Griffith via http://www.sundayskies.com/ (www.sundayskies.com) and about Carrie-Ann Wade at http://www.cats-pajamas.co.uk/ (www.cats-pajamas.co.uk)

    • 33 min
    What should you be making time for?

    What should you be making time for?

    In the series one finale of How To Take The Lead we consider what you should be making time for as a leader. It’s a question we both get asked a lot so we share our views on what to prioritise and how to protect your time.
    We share our thoughts, experiences and learning, including:
    · 03:03 – expectation versus reality
    · 09:46 – the value of protected time
    · 17:30 – what should you be doing with your protected time
    · 22:33 – the importance of boundary setting
    · 34:30 – do you have to be the doer?
    · 41:15 – how to make the most of your time
    Our top takeaways in this episode include practical tips to manage your time, boundary setting and reframing guilt.
    If 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, using #HowToTakeTheLead
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    You can find out more about Lee Griffith via http://www.sundayskies.com/ (www.sundayskies.com) and about Carrie-Ann Wade at http://www.cats-pajamas.co.uk/ (www.cats-pajamas.co.uk)
    Get social with us via:
    Lee on https://www.linkedin.com/in/leegriffith/ (LinkedIn), https://mobile.twitter.com/leecgriffith (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/sundayskiesuk/ (Instagram).
    Carrie-Ann on https://www.linkedin.com/in/carrie-ann-wade-12b86912/ (LinkedIn), https://twitter.com/crayoncw (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/catspjs_uk/ (Instagram.)

    • 44 min
    Trust matters

    Trust matters

    In this episode of How To Take The Lead we talk about trust and what this means as a leader. Trust is something we discuss a lot in the leadership space and we explore what we really mean by trust.
    In this episode we share our thoughts, experiences and learning, including:
    · 03:50 – the neuroscience of trust and how this translates to the workplace
    · 08:12 – how do you build trust as a leader
    · 13:30 – trust and performance
    · 18:45 – how to measure high trust
    · 21:15 – can you rebuild trust as a leader?
    · 29:55 – how to build trust
    As always we share our top takeaways and in this episode we cover authenticity, doing what you say you will and recognise that building trust takes time.
    We reference Simon Sinek’s conversation about trust and performance. You can view it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJdXjtSnZTI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJdXjtSnZTI)
    If 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, using #HowToTakeTheLead
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    You can find out more about Lee Griffith via http://www.sundayskies.com/ (www.sundayskies.com) and about Carrie-Ann Wade at http://www.cats-pajamas.co.uk/ (www.cats-pajamas.co.uk)
    Get social with us via:
    Lee on https://www.linkedin.com/in/leegriffith/ (LinkedIn), https://mobile.twitter.com/leecgriffith (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/sundayskiesuk/ (Instagram).
    Carrie-Ann on https://www.linkedin.com/in/carrie-ann-wade-12b86912/ (LinkedIn), https://twitter.com/crayoncw (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/catspjs_uk/ (Instagram.)

    • 31 min
    How to be a better ally

    How to be a better ally

    In this episode of How To Take The Lead we focus on allyship as a leader. Neither of us profess to be experts in this area, in fact we are on our own learning journeys, but we feel this is an important aspect of being a leader.
    In this episode we share our thoughts, experiences and learning, including:
    · 07:52 – why does allyship matter?
    · 11:53 – what can leaders do?
    · 18:01 – making change happen
    · 21:53 – challenging your own biases
    · 29:00 – data warning
    · 38:00 – fear factor
    · 43:50 – institutional racism, Cricket Scotland and are we really learning?
    · 53:46 – how to... be a better ally
    In this episode we recommend the books:
    https://uk.bookshop.org/books/diversify-an-award-winning-guide-to-why-inclusion-is-better-for-everyone/9780008242084?aid=10221 (Diversify by June Sarpong)
    https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9131/9781529348408 (Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed)
    If 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, using #HowToTakeTheLead
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    You can find out more about Lee Griffith via http://www.sundayskies.com (www.sundayskies.com) and about Carrie-Ann Wade at http://www.cats-pajamas.co.uk (www.cats-pajamas.co.uk)
    Get social with us via:
    Lee on https://www.linkedin.com/in/leegriffith/ (LinkedIn), https://mobile.twitter.com/leecgriffith (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/sundayskiesuk/ (Instagram).
    Carrie-Ann on https://www.linkedin.com/in/carrie-ann-wade-12b86912/ (LinkedIn), https://twitter.com/crayoncw (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/catspjs_uk/ (Instagram.)

    • 55 min
    Storytelling

    Storytelling

    In this episode of How To Take The Lead we explore the power of storytelling in the context of leadership. Whether you are a natural born storyteller or you are a leader who deals in facts and figures, we discuss the importance of storytelling to build connections.
    In this episode we share our thoughts, experiences and learning, including:
    · 03:38 – creating sticky content
    · 10:51 – listening to all the stories
    · 14:53 – stop shoehorning in irrelevant stories
    · 25:59 – stories and data working together
    · 32:25 – How to ... use storytelling as a leader
    As always we share our top takeaways and in this episode we highlight the need to ensure your story is aligned to your purpose, not being the hero in your story and also the need to practice, practice, practice.
    We also recommended the following books:
    http://www.stevedenning.com/Books/squirrel-inc.aspx (Squirrel Inc. by Steve Denning)
    https://robbiesenbach.com/unleash-power-storytelling/ (Unleash the Power of Storytelling by Rob Biesenbach)
    Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller
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    If 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, using #HowToTakeTheLead
    You can find out more about Lee Griffith via http://www.sundayskies.com/ (www.sundayskies.com) and about Carrie-Ann Wade at http://www.cats-pajamas.co.uk/ (www.cats-pajamas.co.uk)
    Get social with us via:
    Lee on https://www.linkedin.com/in/leegriffith/ (LinkedIn), https://mobile.twitter.com/leecgriffith (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/sundayskiesuk/ (Instagram).
    Carrie-Ann on https://www.linkedin.com/in/carrie-ann-wade-12b86912/ (LinkedIn), https://twitter.com/crayoncw (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/catspjs_uk/ (Instagram.)

    • 34 min
    What's still in store this series

    What's still in store this series

    We are just over halfway through our first series of the How To Take The Lead podcast so we wanted to share a short bonus episode to thank you for your support and let you know what we’ve got coming up for the rest of the series.
    Still to come this series...
    01:30 – leadership storytelling
    01:46 - trust and leadership
    02:20 – allyship and your role as a leader
    03:31 – where should leaders focus their time?
    We are looking forward to sharing these episodes and would love to hear your views and thoughts. And don’t forget we want to know what leadership topics you would like us to cover in the next series.
    To find out more visit http://www.howtotakethelead.com/ (www.howtotakethelead.com). If you enjoyed this episode why not subscribe to the podcast. We would love it if you left us a review and feel free to share the link to this episode with anyone else you think would find it interesting, using #HowToTakeTheLead
    You can find out more about Lee Griffith via http://www.sundayskies.com/ (www.sundayskies.com) and about Carrie-Ann Wade at http://www.cats-pajamas.co.uk/ (www.cats-pajamas.co.uk)
    Get social with us:
    Follow or message Lee on https://www.linkedin.com/in/leegriffith/ (LinkedIn), https://mobile.twitter.com/leecgriffith (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/sundayskiesuk/ (Instagram).
    Follow or message Carrie-Ann on https://www.linkedin.com/in/carrie-ann-wade-12b86912/ (LinkedIn), https://twitter.com/crayoncw (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/catspjs_uk/ (Instagram.)
    Until our next episode, get out there and take the lead.

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 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.