89 episodes

Welcome to the Legendary Leaders podcast series!

This podcast aims to inspire thousands and thousands of people to start living their best lives! My podcast guests will be sharing their own personal paths to success, the moments when they may have hit a wall that turned into their biggest breaking point, and we will be sharing some top tips on how to proactively create some exciting changes in your life.

These leaders will be talking about how they started their journey, what inspired and drove them, along with the challenges they had to overcome along the way to get to where they are now, having achieved a more content and balanced life. The podcasts will cover an array of topics from the importance of selfcare and mindset, through to bravery and authenticity, and the importance of building communities and support networks.

I have interviewed leaders who have all taken varied and interesting paths, from content creators, journalists through to designers, coaches, musicians and actors a business mentors, speakers and many, many more. They all faced tough challenges which served as motivation to live their best lives yet!

I hope you enjoy listening to my series of podcasts as much as I have done creating them, and I really hope you take away lots to inspire, encourage and motivate you on your journey to becoming a Legendary Leader.

The Legendary Leaders Podcast Cathleen Merkel – Mindset & Leadership Coach, Trainer and Speaker

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Welcome to the Legendary Leaders podcast series!

This podcast aims to inspire thousands and thousands of people to start living their best lives! My podcast guests will be sharing their own personal paths to success, the moments when they may have hit a wall that turned into their biggest breaking point, and we will be sharing some top tips on how to proactively create some exciting changes in your life.

These leaders will be talking about how they started their journey, what inspired and drove them, along with the challenges they had to overcome along the way to get to where they are now, having achieved a more content and balanced life. The podcasts will cover an array of topics from the importance of selfcare and mindset, through to bravery and authenticity, and the importance of building communities and support networks.

I have interviewed leaders who have all taken varied and interesting paths, from content creators, journalists through to designers, coaches, musicians and actors a business mentors, speakers and many, many more. They all faced tough challenges which served as motivation to live their best lives yet!

I hope you enjoy listening to my series of podcasts as much as I have done creating them, and I really hope you take away lots to inspire, encourage and motivate you on your journey to becoming a Legendary Leader.

    Dr. Anne Dranitsaris & Heather Dranitsaris-Hilliard - Tips to Develop and Shape Yourself into a Legendary Leader

    Dr. Anne Dranitsaris & Heather Dranitsaris-Hilliard - Tips to Develop and Shape Yourself into a Legendary Leader

    Do you exercise your power of authority as a leader without feeling the need to give it away? It is important to understand that you’re entitled to have and fulfill your needs without needing approval from others. To show up as an objective leader, you must learn to let go of emotions, set boundaries, and delegate some tasks to take care of your needs.
    In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Anne and Heather, a mother-daughter team, they are organizational and leadership development experts at Caliber Leadership Systems, a boutique consulting firm, specializing in dismantling dysfunction in organizations. They are dedicated to empowering individuals, leaders, and organizations to achieve their potential by leveraging their expertise in the neurobiology of human development, combined with system thinking approach.
    Listen in to learn how to develop and establish yourself as a definitive leader, to be able to develop your employees. You will also learn the importance of creating time and space to lead and engage with your employees as a leader.

    This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalogue of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    How to self-manage as a leader, by understanding your needs and how they drive your behaviours. Stop giving your power away by believing you aren’t entitled to your earned entitlements. How to lead things forward, by keeping your employees out of the emotion and into the objective. Learn to create time and space to engage and lead your people to have high turnover. Episode timeline:
    [1:13] Intro [5:09] Get to know Anne and Heather and how they teach leaders to lead from a skill-based perspective. [6:35] How self-awareness and willingness to do the difficult things build legendary leaders. [9:30] They share their mother-daughter unique experience and how it has helped them establish a working relationship. [20:11] How they reconnected and learned to allow each other to lead in individual power. [27:07] How they develop leaders by helping them understand their needs and how they affect their behaviors. [34:35] How to detach from the need for approval to recognize and fulfill your individual needs. [40:16] Strengthen your development muscle, by believing you’re entitled to your earned entitlements. [45:05] How they’ve developed their employees to stay out of the emotion and into the objective. [52:53] The importance of delegating tasks and setting boundaries to take care of your needs as a leader. [1:02:00] How to take leadership seriously as you would any other profession while still engaging with your people. [1:10:48] How to be genuinely curious and let go of judgment when dealing with employee unproductivity. [1:18:47] Heather explains how developmental work has helped her become a better communicator. [1:25:24] You Think You Can Lead book – the leadership skills you need to develop as a leader. Quotes:
    “Legendary leaders don’t give their power away; they’re comfortable in exercising their power and authority.”- Heather [25:09] “We have entitlement because of the work that we put in, and when we don’t own it, we give our power away.”- Anne [41:23] “Leadership is a profession, but you don’t have to have any education to be a leader.”- Anne [1:03:58] “We have to build up our own ability to establish, exercise, and maintain our authority as leaders because that’s what makes the difference to whether we’re effective or not.”- Heather [1:29:53]  
    Connect:
    Find | Dr. Anne Dranitsaris and Heather Dranitsaris-Hilliard

    Business Website: https://dranitsaris-hilliard.com/    |   www.dismantlingdysfunction.com
    On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DranitsarisHilliard
    Weekly Newsletter: https://bit.ly/dismantli

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Cat Moore - How to Build Powerful Connections That End Loneliness

    Cat Moore - How to Build Powerful Connections That End Loneliness

    How often do you experience loneliness in your life or at the workplace? What if you had a safe space where you could share your experiences while listening and connecting with others? When you’re an introvert, it’s easier to avoid communication, but what if you took the initiative to approach others and form a community where you actively listen and share without judgement?
    In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Cat Moore, an award-winning innovation fellow and the Director of Belonging at the University of Southern California. She's disrupting a national loneliness crisis from Gen Z to Boomers with creative, grassroots-driven innovations in friendship and belonging. She’s also a speaker, activist + consultant across sectors, partnering with leaders from faith-based orgs to tech and healthcare, the military to entertainment to create homegrown ecosystems of belonging using her simple You Belong™ experiences.

    She graduated USC summa cum laude in philosophy with a focus on social ethics + community, but her CLICK™ method stems from 25 years of chronic loneliness and community-making in local LA cafes. She is working on her first book, "You belong: finding our way home to each other."
    Listen in to learn how to communicate your feelings and actively listen to others to form connections aimed at ending loneliness. You will also learn how to create safe spaces for people to share their experiences and needs within the workplace systems.
    Key Takeaways:
    How to avoid loneliness by communicating your feelings to others with similar feelings. Learning how to show up for each other so we can live with integrity and purpose. How listening to others shapes us into the dynamic of resonance and safety.  How to transform our habits and become more connected with others. How to humanize workplace systems by creating meaningful conversations that build relationships. Episode timeline:
    [1:13] Intro [8:23] How the recent years' events are pulling us away from rest and closer to burnout. [11:05] How to be honest and create space to express our feelings when experiencing loneliness. [13:55] Cat, on how she created a community of single mothers who supported each other during the pandemic. [17:44] The importance of creating spaces to see and value people as who they are, rather than their functions. [21:07] How Cat supports people experiencing loneliness as the Director of Belonging, having experienced it first-hand. [31:01] How to build confidence and trust, by sharing and actively listening to others. [34:34] The negative narratives she held for herself and how her pregnancy experience changed them. [43:59] The micro habits we can form and replace our habits of connecting with the world. [47:30] The power of initiating an empathetic and caring connection with others. [49:57] How Cat learned to form connections and relationships with simple deeds in a coffee shop. [55:51] How we can be honest with our experiences and what we need at the workplace. [1:03:42] Cat, on what she’s working on to continue supporting lonely people. Quotes:
    “There’s too much work and when there’s too much work, you get out of balance.”- Cat Moore [8:44] “Everyone is in desperate need of places and people where they can show up and not have it all together.”- Cat Moore [27:34] “If we don’t feel heard, we have no possible way of moving forward with our lives in integrity and purpose.”- Cat Moore [28:27] “The more successful you are, the harder it is to admit where you really might need to be supported.”- Cat Moore [29:42] “It’s not about finding the solution for anybody; it’s about being there and actively fully listening.”- Cathleen Merkel [30:34]  
    Connect:
    Find | Cat Moore
    Business Website: www.Cat-Moore.com
    On LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cat-moore-15664462/
    MICRO-WORKSHOPS: https://cat-moore.com/consult
    NEWSLETTER: https://tinyletter.com/CatMoore
    BIO:
     
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Melanie Pump - How to Build a Safe and Healthy Workplace as a Female Leader

    Melanie Pump - How to Build a Safe and Healthy Workplace as a Female Leader

     
    How safe is the work environment you’re creating for your team as a leader? Having a positive and safe work environment is very beneficial in encouraging employee growth and innovation while discouraging insecurities.
    In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Melanie Pump, an accomplished CFO, Director, business leader, and the author of Detox: Managing Insecurity in the Workplace book. Melanie went through a lot of hardships in her earlier years and started her career without a high school diploma but went on to become an accomplished financial executive and business leader.
    Listen in to learn the importance of creating a safe environment for employee growth and innovation within an organisation. You will also learn the importance of over-communicating transparency and clarity with your team. to improve organisational health.

    This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalogue of leadership and professional development programs, unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.
    Key Takeaways:
    The benefits of a positive work environment to encourage employee growth and avoid insecurities. The long-term impact of psychological safety and unsafety in our progression. How to care for your employees as a whole, so they can experience success in their careers. How to provide a safe and healthy work environment for people to grow and innovate. The importance of over-communicating transparency and clarity with your team. Episode timeline:
    [1:13] Intro [5:19] Melanie on her career journey and why she advocates for the benefits of a positive work environment. [8:29] How her challenging background has helped her become an empathetic leader. [10:57] Melanie’s experience with psychological unsafety in high school and the long-term impact that had on her. [14:59] How to be thoughtful with our worlds as leaders to avoid creating an insecure work environment. [16:19] How she turned her life around and flourished in her career, in a safe work environment. [20:47] How to show up wholly and authentically as a leader, to allow others to do the same. [24:27] How to encourage employee growth and innovation with a safe and healthy work environment. [32:29] She explains how being an empathetic leader has benefited her in creating trust. [34:54] Melanie’s workplace insecurities in her earlier years and how they negatively impacted her career. [40:44] Why we all have insecurities and how an unsafe environment can be risky for us. [44:17] What causes a toxic work environment, plus tips on how to create a healthy work environment. [48:38] The importance of respect, trust, and the right people in your team to flourish as a female leader. [50:39] How to model healthy behaviours to experience psychological safety. [52:13] The routines that help Melanie stay calm and relaxed outside work. Quotes:
    “Each of us may make a difference both for the good and the bad, those good bits, if you hang on to them, can carry you forward.”- Melanie Pump [14:17] “If we’re allowed to be our whole person at work, we’re going to be even more successful.”- Melanie Pump [19:47] “If you aren’t treating people right in creating a safe environment for employees, the business won’t be successful.”- Melanie Pump [23:39] “People may stay in your organisation, but if it isn’t a healthy organisation that promotes growth, they’ll stall and be stagnant in positions, rather than grow in the organisation.”- Melanie Pump [25:15] “It’s not the big transformation; it’s how we can show those behaviours on a very consistent level.”- Cathleen Merkel [47:23]

    Connect:
    Find | Cathleen Merkel
    At cathleenmerkel.com
    On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel
    On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching
    On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel
     
    Find | Melanie Pump
    Business Website: https://www.melaniepump.c

    • 56 min
    Rob Dubin - How to Live a Happy and Balanced Life

    Rob Dubin - How to Live a Happy and Balanced Life

    How happy and fulfilled are you with your life? Are you living out your purpose, do you have a life balance? Living a truly happy life is much more than being happy at work, it is the ability to live in the present moment without the distracting thoughts of your past or future.
    In this Episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Rob Dubin, motivational speaker, and keynote speaker. He was a successful filmmaker with a dream career, but retired after 20 years, bought a sailboat, and spent the next 17 years sailing around the world. Rob’s insights on creating a fulfilling career and having a rich life, transform audiences. He explains how he and his wife figured out the secret to living a happy and fulfilling life.
    Listen in to learn about the framework on how to figure out and prioritize your dreams that are not necessarily about work dreams without fear. You will also learn how being grateful, living in the moment, and contributing to others can add to your happiness.

     
    This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.
    Key Takeaways:
    How unfulfillment with life contributed to the great resignation. The importance of having a life balance rather than striving for a work-life balance. How companies can teach their employees happiness by focusing on lifelong wellness. Find a solution to your fears, by breaking them down into little chunks and getting specific about each. How to be happy by living in the present moment and not in the past or future.  Get rid of your old stories and tell yourself a new story that will help you become who you want to be. Episode timeline:
    [1:13] Intro [7:41] He explains how he now helps other people go after their dreams. [8:54] How he’s managed to create happiness in his life by having gratitude as his primary emotion. [11:36] The 3 paradigm shifts that contributed to the great resignation and what we can do about it. [20:05] Rob’s framework on how to figure out and prioritize your dreams without fear. [29:46] Rob narrates how he shifted tragic events in his life by having an internal locus of control. [38:29] Learn to be happy by living in the present without beating yourself about the past or agonizing about the future. [41:40] A framework to happiness – steps on how to be happy by letting go of your past stories. [51:40] He explains how contributing to others added to his happiness during his sailing journey. [56:44] How being grateful and living in the moment can contribute to your happiness. [1:01:21] The 3-step process to finding your passion and figuring out how to make a living out of it. [1:05:53] The power of curiosity in opening life opportunities and lessons. Quotes:
    “Good motivational speakers don’t just offer an opportunity for how you can have a better life, but they solve a problem that you’re aware that you have.”- Rob Dubin [11:58]
    “Happiness is an emotion that only exists in the present moment; if you want to be happy, spend more time in the present moment.”- Rob Dubin [39:54]
    “The reason most people don’t go after their dreams even before the fear, is they worry what other people will think of them.”- Rob Dubin [50:23]
    “Happiness is that emotion that we all want, and it only exists in the moment; if you’re not paying attention to it, you’re not going to get it.”- Rob Dubin [59:20]
     
    Connect:
    Find | Cathleen Merkel
    At cathleenmerkel.com
    On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel
    On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching
    On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel
     
    Find | Rob Dubin
    Business (Rob Dubin): https://www.robdubin.com/
    On LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robdubin/
    On Email: rob@robdubin.com
    SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts.
    About Cathleen Merkel:  
    About Rob Dubin
    Rob

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Nira Lall - How to Heal Yourself and Align with Your Wholeness

    Nira Lall - How to Heal Yourself and Align with Your Wholeness

    Are you truly aligned with who you are and what you want to do? Achieving your wholeness means healing, connecting with your body, advocating for yourself, and showing up as your true self.
    In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Nira Lall, an embodiment coach, and healer for women. She teaches spirit-led women how to radiate wholeness, lead from their healthy feminine energy, and embody high-frequency expansion in all areas of their life.
    Nira went through a period of healing and honouring herself a few years ago to rediscover her wholeness without caring about external influences. She describes her journey and how it influenced her to start helping other women rediscover their true selves.
    Listen in to learn the importance of taking rest to connect with your body and align with your wholeness. You will also learn how to advocate for yourself and understand that it is all part of the collective.

     
    This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.
    Key Takeaways:
    How to be whole, by healing yourself and showing up as, who you truly are. How to connect to your body and be the medicine of your own life. The power of listening to your body, to understand what you need and find your strength.  Stop making yourself busy and instead, take time to rest and listen to what your mind and body need. Learning to honor and choose yourself, even at the expense of losing some people in your life. Episode timeline:
    [1:13] Intro [4:48] Get to know Nira and how she helps empathic women heal and master their energy and emotions. [6:59] How life has changed and the pressure that people have been experiencing. [9:07] Wholeness – having the courage to be truly yourself and to do what aligns with your true self. [12:21] Nira on her journey and how she shifted to heal and connect with her body. [21:54] How she developed compassion for herself and learned to listen to her body to understand what she needed. [32:50] Nira explains how she learned to honor herself and set boundaries, at the expense of losing others. [44:44] How we can shift the paradigm for generations by living and showing up in our wholeness. Quotes:
    “We sometimes move away from who we really truly are; the path of wholeness is moving towards a place where in every moment, you’re asking, what you would do if you felt whole.”- Nira Lall [10:08] “We don’t even know that we’re not tapping into our true selves because we may have unlearned to be our true selves.”- Cathleen Merkel [11:13] “When you set a new standard for yourself internally, things around you start to move, people start to move to adjust or to move out of your life.”- Nira Lall [16:52] “If we take one step after the other, there are some tremendous changes we can create.”- Cathleen Merkel [29:57] Connect:
    Find | Cathleen Merkel
    At cathleenmerkel.com
    On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel
    On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching
    On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel
     
    Find | Nira Lall
    Email: info@niralall.com
    Business Website (Embodiment Coach & Healer): https://www.niralall.com/
    On LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/niralall/
    On Facebook: https://facebook.com/niralall
    On Instagram: Embodiment Coach & Healer (@niralall)
    Podcast Episode on Instagram: www.instagram.com/niralall Wisdom from a Lost Clitoris (The Soulful Woman Podcast).
     
    SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST On Apple Podcasts.
     
    About Nira Lall

    Nira is an Embodiment Coach who teaches empathic women how to thrive emotionally, master their energy, and heal the past. Nira has been an advocate for self-mastery in the areas of emotions, body and energy while facilitating soul-deep healing since 2009.
    Nira has also been a featured guest on Hay House Radio and National Canadia

    • 50 min
    Paul Smith - How to Lead with The Art of Storytelling

    Paul Smith - How to Lead with The Art of Storytelling

     

    Have you embraced the art of storytelling as part of your leadership strategy? Storytelling is a skill that is impactful in influencing people’s character and developing them in their careers. Both personal and work stories can be impactful in making people realize their mistakes and learn to be better in how they pursue their goals.  

    In this episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Paul Smith, one of the world’s leading experts in business storytelling, one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers of 2018, a storytelling coach, and bestselling author. He helps leaders and salespeople excel at their jobs by telling better stories. 

    Paul spent 20 years of his career at the Proctor and Gamble company and had a very typical corporate path, before getting fascinated with storytelling. He later left the corporate world after discovering his passion for teaching, training, and speaking.  

    Listen in to learn the importance of telling failure stories as a leader to connect and develop your team members. You will also learn about the stories to tell to help people value diversity and inclusion better and empathize with what it’s like to not look like you in the workplace.  

     

     

    This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.  

    Key Takeaways: 

    How to create a framework to help you move towards your most important goal.   Why you shouldn’t rush to quit your day job without a logical test-marketing strategy in place.   Tell a failure story to help people you work with to avoid making the same mistakes you made.   How to teach people character through storytelling.   Stories to help people learn how their behaviours impact others at the workplace.  

    Episode timeline: 

    [1:13] Intro  [5:32] Paul’s decades’ long corporate career and his journey to discovering storytelling leadership.  [7:30] How wanting a career change inspired him to write his first book.   [10:42] The 5 criteria that got Paul to leave his PNG job and go do what he’s passionate about.  

    [20:05] How his dad’s encouraging letter drove him to pursue his dreams.  [25:27] The power of telling failure stories as a leader to connect and develop your team.   [31:15] Why leaders need to learn the skill of storytelling, plus the techniques of creating powerful stories.   [34:39] Paul, on why life stories are more impactful than leadership ones.   [45:02] How Paul uses the art of storytelling to teach his children and how that has impacted them.  

    [50:51] Stories to share to help people value diversity and inclusion better.   [55:28] Treat storytelling like a learnable skill like any other leadership skill you want to have.  
    Quotes:  

    “Stories are impactful and if told well, then they’ll stay with you forever.”- Cathleen Merkel [20:19]  “When you’re satisfied and happy, you often don’t even recognize it, but when you get to the point where you’re consciously aware that you don’t love what you’re doing, then you start to search for something else.”- Paul Smith [10:50] 

    “If you won’t pursue your own dreams for your sake, do it for someone else, because there’s probably somebody else in your life who wants to see you achieve your dreams almost as badly as you do.”- Paul Smith [24:37]  “People want to work for the kind of boss who’s more interested in developing his/her people than they’re about protecting their own fragile ego.”- Paul Smith [26:07]  “Stories are about people and things that happen to people, and anything that happens to you at work or to somebody else at work is both a work story and a personal story.”- P

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Angus Ford-Robertson ,

Fantastic podcast!

Great podcast; interesting guests and wonderfully insightful interviews. Top questions from Cathleen. Highly recommended listening.

Evolution of Dave ,

A host of the highest quality

as a listener and a guest I can safely say there are few out there as warm and sincere as Cathleen. She poses questions that go right to the heart of the subject, encouraging you to feed her and her audience with useful, valuable information whilct staying on point (something i need a little help with at times). She does a beautiful job of editing the conversations afterwards, making it easy for the listener to enjoy the variety of subjects covered in the conversation...I know Im bias, but every single episode is worth a listen if you want to 'upgrade' your life.

TinaLeh ,

Uplifting and inspiring

What a great podcast! Cathleen speaks to a range of truly interesting guests with incredible stories. It will inspire and motivate you and leave a big smile on your face.

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