236 episodes

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 • 207 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.

    232: Can You Lead Without a Title or Role?

    232: Can You Lead Without a Title or Role?

    Is it possible to lead when you don’t have a leadership title or role? Is there a difference for someone who does have an official title vs. someone who is a team member? 
    In this conversation, Holly and I talk through how leadership looks different for us now than it did when we started the podcast. And we discuss how we feel about leading without a role or title. 
    Finally, we give some practical tips for things you can do when you are wanting to grow as a leader, whether you have a title or not!
    And, for our fun question of the day, you’ll hear as Holly and I share about whether we got into trouble in high school (and if so, what for). 
     
    Links mentioned:
    Episode 2: What is Leadership?
    Episode 6: The Importance of Leading with Confidence
     
    Connect with me:
    Website: https://estherlittlefield.com/
    Instagram: @estherdlittlefield

    • 1 hr 12 min
    231: The Pain of Healing & Growth [Life Updates & Reflections with Esther and Holly]

    231: The Pain of Healing & Growth [Life Updates & Reflections with Esther and Holly]

    When life changes, does our leadership change? How do we navigate seasons of loss or change as leaders? And what does it look like to endure the pain of healing even when we'd rather avoid it?
    In this episode, Holly and I are chatting through some life updates and sharing some reflections about the past year of our lives. We discuss what our goals are looking like this year as well as how they are different from past years. We also dive into the idea of healing and how it's often painful to go through healing and growth. 
    We hope you enjoy this conversation and gain some new insights and ideas on how to approach your goals for the year or walk through a season of healing from loss.
     
    To get our FREE Reflection Guide, go here: https://go.estherlittlefield.com/reflect-optin
     
    Connect with me:
    Website: https://estherlittlefield.com/
    Instagram: @estherdlittlefield

    • 1 hr 15 min
    230: Step 4: Create an Action Plan [Purposeful Goal Setting Mini-Series]

    230: Step 4: Create an Action Plan [Purposeful Goal Setting Mini-Series]

    Have you ever set goals and then a few weeks later completely abandoned them? Or perhaps you even forgot what goals you were supposed to be working on?

    You're not alone. And the reason so many goals are abandoned is because we forget to create a plan for how we're actually going to accomplish them.
    In this final episode in our Purposeful Goal Setting Mini-Series, Holly's going to talk you through creating an action plan for your goals. She's giving you real-life examples and some helpfup tips and tricks to make sure your goals don't just become something collecting dust in the back of your closet.
     
    Tools & resources for creating an action plan:
    Episode 31: The Key to accomplishing your goals 
    Books (affiliate links)
    The Twevle Week Year
    Atomic Habits
    The Power of Habit
    Calendar - iCal, Google Calendar, paper planner, goal sheets
    PowerSheets [affiliate link]  
    Connect with me:
    Website: https://estherlittlefield.com/
    Instagram: @estherdlittlefield

    • 16 min
    229: Step 3: Set Your Goals [Purposeful Goal Setting Mini-Series]

    229: Step 3: Set Your Goals [Purposeful Goal Setting Mini-Series]

    If you’ve done the first 2 steps of reflection and dreaming, you’re ready to start setting some goals. But how? What if you're not sure where to start?
    In this episode, I'll walk you through some key principles of goal setting and some helpful tips that have worked for me. We'll also look at the differences between project goals and habit goals so you can determine which type of goals make sense for you.
    Finally, I'll share with you the PEACE Goal Framework that my friend Christa Hutchins originally shared with us on Episode 181. And we'll talk about what to do next!
     
    Tools & resources for goal setting:
    Episode 28: Three Approaches to Goal Setting
    Episode 30: How Your Personality Affects Your Goal Setting
    Episode 181: Peace Goals
    PowerSheets (Affiliate Link)
    Blank Pads of Paper (Affiliate Link)
     
    Connect with me:
    Website: https://estherlittlefield.com/
    Instagram: @estherdlittlefield

    • 15 min
    228: Step 2: Dreaming [Purposeful Goal Setting Mini-Series]

    228: Step 2: Dreaming [Purposeful Goal Setting Mini-Series]

    After reflection, are you excited and ready to jump into setting your goals for the next year or season? Before you do, there's one more thing you need to do: take time for dreaming and casting a vision.
    In this episode of our mini-series, Holly will walk you through what it looks like to dream and create a vision for your year. This is a chance to allow God to inspire you and lead you into something different or better than you could come up with on your own.
    Tools and resources for dreaming: Episode 26 of the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast - The Importance of Dreaming
    PowerSheets [affiliate link]
    Bucket List Tutorial from Polly Payne
     
    Connect with Esther:
    Website: https://estherlittlefield.com/
    Instagram: @estherdlittlefield

    • 14 min
    227: Step 1: Reflection [Purposeful Goal Setting Series]

    227: Step 1: Reflection [Purposeful Goal Setting Series]

    Is it really necessary to reflect before setting your goals for the year or the next season or phase of your life? Why does it matter, and does it impact whether your goals are effective?
    John Dewey says: "We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience.” And while you can go straight to goal setting, I have found immense value in first reflecting on the past before creating goals for the future.
    In this episode, I'll share with you why reflection is important, what you should reflect on, and how to do it. Plus I'll give you some of my favorite resources for reflecting.
    Links mentioned:
    Episode 128: Processing 2020 Episode 130: Processing Your Circumstances Episode 131: Processing Your Relationships Episode 24: What You Should Do Before the New Year Begins PowerSheets (affiliate link) - Get 10% off your order with code "ESTHERLITTLEFIELD" My favorite pens (Amazon affiliate link) Big Post-Its (Amazon affiliate link) FREE Processing & Reflection Guide Connect with me:
    Website: https://estherlittlefield.com/
    Instagram: @estherdlittlefield

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
207 Ratings

207 Ratings

TFEtim ,

Great resource for leaders, both women and men

As a man, I may not be the target audience for this podcast. However, it has such great wisdom, and Holly and Esther have hearts for leaders. I enjoyed the show and I think that this podcast is a great resource for any leader. Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work.

Becca2.0! ,

Life changing perspectives!!

This was exactly what I needed to hear. As a Christian leader I often feel alone. Hearing your perspective about God designing relationships was so enlightening. Thank you!

OzziLosi ,

Great listen for Christian women leaders

I have been listening to this podcast for a couple months now and it’s become a “must listen” each week. Esther and Holly are phenomenal interviewers never afraid to ask the hard questions, and keep it light at the same time.

This last episode 216 with Jo Saxton was beyond anything I’ve heard yet. I’m beyond thankful for some of the “sound byte” info dropped by Jo. I don’t know if she realizes what a gift it is that she can use such few words and impart such incredible wisdom at the same time. I’ll be listening to this episode again and again.

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