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It's time for you to embrace your God-given gifts, skills, and passions and lead with confidence. Host Esther Littlefield is a pastor's wife and business owner, and she is joined by co-host Holly Cain. They discuss issues related to leading as a Christian woman, and they also interview other women who share their leadership journeys. Through this podcast, Esther and Holly offer encouragement, tools, and resources to help you live out your unique calling as a leader.

Christian Woman Leadership Podcast with Esther Littlefield & Holly Cain Esther Littlefield

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 196 Ratings

It's time for you to embrace your God-given gifts, skills, and passions and lead with confidence. Host Esther Littlefield is a pastor's wife and business owner, and she is joined by co-host Holly Cain. They discuss issues related to leading as a Christian woman, and they also interview other women who share their leadership journeys. Through this podcast, Esther and Holly offer encouragement, tools, and resources to help you live out your unique calling as a leader.

    How to Increase Focus & Decrease Stress as a Leader with Sonita Reese [Ep. 199]

    How to Increase Focus & Decrease Stress as a Leader with Sonita Reese [Ep. 199]

    What if there was one thing you could do that would help you increase focus and decrease avoidable stress as a leader? And what if this process could impact not just your organization, ministry, or business but also your personal life?
    In this episode, you’ll hear from my guest Sonita Reese about the importance of creating a mission, vision, and values and how doing this can actually decrease stress in your life and leadership.
    This episode originally aired on my Christian Woman Business Podcast, but we are sharing it here on the leadership podcast because all of the principles and tips Sonita shares are valuable and useful in any leadership role.
    Sonita specializes in working with leaders, so it fits to share this conversation with you, and I know you will get so much out of what she shares.
    In this conversation, you’ll hear why mission, vision, and values are important for your organization and your personal life. In addition, you’ll discover how to create a winning vision, and how faith plays a role in this process. You’ll also understand how it’s possible to turn mission, vision, and values into behavior instead of simply words that hang on a wall.
    For the full show notes, go to estherlittlefield.com/episode199
    Your Next Steps: If you enjoy this episode of the podcast, then hop on over to the Christian Woman Business Podcast and make sure you're following that podcast as well. That is more specific for those of you who may be building some kind of online business, and you will get to hear more conversations like the one that you're hearing today.
    Additionally, I am hosting a retreat in September in Maine that is specifically a mastermind retreat for Christian women business owners. Learn more here: https://estherlittlefield.com/retreat
    Connect with Sonita: LinkedIn
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    Free Download: 3 Questions to Spark Vision Thinking
     
    Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode199

    • 31 min
    When Your Voice Isn’t Heard, Dealing with Toxic Leadership, and Stepping Out Without a Plan with Rachael Groll

    When Your Voice Isn’t Heard, Dealing with Toxic Leadership, and Stepping Out Without a Plan with Rachael Groll

    Have you ever felt like your voice is not heard at the leadership table, specifically in ministry settings? Do you ever question whether you are in a healthy situation or whether perhaps there are some issues that need to be addressed?
    If you’ve ever felt that way, or if you simply want to hear a powerful conversation about listening to God’s voice, radical obedience, and speaking up for yourself as a female leader, you are in for a treat.
    In this episode, Holly and I are talking with Rachael Groll. You’ll hear all about Rachael’s leadership journey and the moment she felt God asking her to give up her full-time business without any clear plan for what would come after.
    In addition, we dive into the challenge that many women can relate to in leadership: insecurity and feeling as though their voice is not heard. Rachael shares how she has personally experienced this and how she’s heard from women all over the world who have also dealt with this. 
    Rachael dives into how she chose to respond to this issue and what God has taught her since. Plus, we discuss how to identify if you’re in a healthy leadership situation (or not), as well as how to hear God’s voice (it’s not as mysterious as you might think).
    For the full show notes, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode198
    Episode Sponsor: Confident Conversations is a mini-course designed to help you initiate and lead hard conversations as a Christian woman even if you struggle with confrontation, aren’t sure what to say, and want to avoid hurting people in the process.
    As discussed in our conversation with Rachael, hard conversations are often a part of leadership. So this course can help you develop this skill and feel more prepared when you have to have these conversations.
    Find out more and grab this mini-course here: http://confidentconversations.co/
    Connect with Rachael Groll: Rachael Groll is a pastor, missionary, and author. Her latest book, She Hears: Learning to Listen to Jesus helps women learn how to hear from Jesus by taking a look at 6 women from the gospel of John.
    Rachael has a top 30 ranked podcast for Christians, the Hearing Jesus Podcast, where she helps women learn how to hear the Lord more clearly in their lives.
    Website
    Apple Podcast: The Hearing Jesus Podcast
    Instagram: @she_hears
    Facebook: Facebook Community
    Purchase your copy of She Hears here!
     
    Stay Connected: Subscribe on your favorite podcast app. Click here to find all the options where you can find the podcast.
    Join our Purposeful Leadership Facebook group! In the Facebook group, we can chat about what you need as a leader, what your challenges are, as well as celebrate the wins. This is a great community to learn and grow together. We want to get to know YOU.
    Other Ways to Connect with Esther and the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast:
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    • 51 min
    Celebrating 4 Years - Top Episodes & Fave Conversations of the Past Year

    Celebrating 4 Years - Top Episodes & Fave Conversations of the Past Year

    Are you a long time fan of The Christian Woman Business Podcast? Have you been listening for a while, or have you just discovered us? Do you listen to every episode, or do you pop in and out of listening? No matter where you fall on the scale of CWLP fan, we are so grateful you’re here and are excited to celebrate and recap the last year of conversations we have had together and with our guests as we celebrate 4 years of the show.
    In this episode, we are celebrating 4 years of the podcast! Another HUGE win we are celebrating is hitting 500,000 downloads recently!! THANK YOU for allowing us to journey with you as we learn how to lead in the many settings we find ourselves in. We are so grateful that we are still creating conversations together and that our listeners are still engaging with us.
    For the full show notes, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode197
    *On a fun note, Holly is launching her own podcast! Go check out The Prosper Collective: Where she discusses intentional money talk for small businesses.
      Episode Sponsor: Esther’s Podcast in A Weekend is an excellent mini-course if you’re considering starting your own podcast!
      Stay Connected: Subscribe on your favorite podcast app. Click here to find all the options where you can find the podcast.
    Join our Purposeful Leadership Facebook group! In the Facebook group, we can chat about what you need as a leader, what your challenges are, as well as celebrate the wins. This is a great community to learn and grow together. We want to get to know YOU.

    Other Ways to Connect with Esther and the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast:
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    • 1 hr
    Fulfilling Your God-Given Purpose: What's Money Got to Do With It? with Portia Jackson [ep.196]

    Fulfilling Your God-Given Purpose: What's Money Got to Do With It? with Portia Jackson [ep.196]

    Is money connected to fulfilling your God-given purpose? How do you pursue your purpose without making money an idol? And is there such a thing as a non-woo version of manifestation that is okay for Christians to use?
    In this episode, you’ll hear an engaging conversation between Holly and our guest, Portia Jackson. Portia is a Certified Financial Planner and owns her own business called Wealthy and Fulfilled. 
    Portia shares her journey to the finance world from being a literal rocket scientist. She talks about the struggles of mothering a child with special needs and she also shares how her leadership journey opened up when she finally found her gifting and pressed into God’s will for her life.   
    Portia and Holly hit some pretty hard topics head-on in the episode. They talk about everything from race and African American female role models, to how the Enneagram can help us identify how we relate to money, and lastly they discuss the concept of Christ-centered manifestation.  
    I know this episode will challenge you but also encourage you to think objectively about how you relate to money and how your mindset has served you or hurt you.
    For the full show notes, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode196
    Episode Sponsor: The sponsor for this episode is my upLIFT Mentormind. upLIFT is a mastermind program for Christian women building an online business who want to move from surviving to thriving. If you’re already earning consistent income in your business but you want to be surrounded by supportive Christian women and receive business mentoring and marketing coaching from me… then this is the place for you! 
    Learn more about upLIFT here.
    Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page  This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode196.

    • 50 min
    What Confident Leaders Look Like [Revisiting Leading with Confidence] [Ep. 195]

    What Confident Leaders Look Like [Revisiting Leading with Confidence] [Ep. 195]

    Do you ever struggle with your own confidence in your leadership role? Maybe you’re plagued with self-doubt or imposter syndrome. Perhaps you’ve convinced yourself that you’re not the one for the job. These fears and doubts can be so loud in our heads, but they are not the reality or the truth that God has called us to live in.
    Almost 4 years ago, I shared a podcast episode called “The Importance of Leading with Confidence.” In it, I shared my story of how I landed on the phrase ‘leading with confidence’ for this podcast. We always say that this podcast is designed to help you “Embrace your gifts and lead with confidence.” 
    In that episode, I shared with you some of the reasons I think confidence is important as well as my definition of leading with confidence, which is my confident leadership framework: love - live - lead.
    With that framework, we know that the source of our confidence is God’s love, and once you know that you can live your life with purpose, and then you can step into leading others.
    It’s been quite some time since that episode, so I wanted to revisit this conversation and bring you a slightly different take on this: What Confident Leaders Look Like.
     If you’re ready to take it a step further and you want to dig deeper into how to become a confident leader, then be sure to check out my Confident Leader Catalyst course.
    For full show notes visit estherlittlefield.com/episode195
     
    Connect with Esther and the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast:
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    • 24 min
    Why We Need Honest Conversations, Critical Thinking, and Humble Theology with Joel Muddamalle, PhD [Ep. 194]

    Why We Need Honest Conversations, Critical Thinking, and Humble Theology with Joel Muddamalle, PhD [Ep. 194]

    Have you ever struggled to engage in conversations about hot topics online? Have you ever wondered how to stay humble in your theology while still holding onto the primary truths of the Gospel? In this episode, you’ll learn about this and so much more. Episode 194’s guest is the first official male guest: Joel Muddamalle, Director of Theology and research at Proverbs 31 Ministries. This episode follows Joel’s leadership journey and how God led him to work in a predominantly female ministry, Proverbs 31 Ministries.
    We also discuss why we need to stay humble in our theology as leaders, how we can learn to see multiple sides of an issue, and what we should do when attempting to have conversations about theological differences. We will also hit on the issue of deconstruction and how this relates to our need as Christians to continually evaluate what we believe in light of the Truth of Scripture.
    For full show notes visit estherlittlefield.com/episode194
    The sponsor for this episode is Esther’s mini-course, Confident Conversations. This course is designed to teach you how to initiate and lead hard conversations as a Christian woman even if you struggle with confrontation, aren’t sure what to say, and want to avoid hurting people in the process. Grab the Confident Conversations mini course here!
     
    Connect with Esther and the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast:
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
196 Ratings

196 Ratings

vbar81 ,

A great resource for new leaders

This podcast is exactly what I was looking for. As a new leader, I was having a hard time finding resources for leaders, particularly women business leaders, that provided a Christian perspective. Then I found Esther and Holly. You can tell how much work and care goes into putting together every episode! It is so nice to listen to them, it makes you feel like having a rich conversation over coffee with a good friend. There is always a great takeaway from each episode whether you are a leader in business, church or home. Highly recommend!

RoshandaP ,

This is the Podcast You Need....

Add this podcast to your list. The topics, the discussion, and interaction feels like you are listening in on a conversation with girlfriends. Prepare to be inspired to action. We can all become better leeaders in our business and life. This podcast supports you in doing so.

mpoteat417 ,

Wealth of Biblical perspective in leadership!

Esther & Hollie provide so much amazing biblical wisdom in this podcast! I recommend it for any women of faith who finds themselves unsure on how to handle leadership challenges in a grade filled way. The advice always points back to Jesus & what the Bible says about leadership. Leadership & ministry can be a lonely, trying journey & this podcast has been a blessing!

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