205 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 • 197 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.

    Leaders are Learners: Sharing Our Fave Book Recommendations [Ep. 202]

    Leaders are Learners: Sharing Our Fave Book Recommendations [Ep. 202]

    Would you consider yourself a reader? Do you enjoy reading physical copies of books, digital versions, or audio versions best? Whatever type of reader you are, (or even if you aren’t a big reader!) check out the books we are currently reading, love, and plan to read next!
    If you've listened to the podcast for any length of time, you know that learning is essential to us. So much so that every time we have a guest come on this show, one of our last questions is: ‘What resources are you learning from currently?’ 
    Our guests share things like books, podcasts, etc. We always get amazing recommendations but have never dedicated an entire show to giving our own book recommendations in this sort of format. So, we have several categories we will dive into with book recommendations for each one! Enjoy and let us know if you pick up any that resonate with you!
    For the full show notes for this episode go to: https://estherlittlefield.com/episode202
     
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    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.
     
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    • 57 min
    Building a Team, Hosting Events, and Removing Pride as a Leader with Angie Likens [Ep. 201]

    Building a Team, Hosting Events, and Removing Pride as a Leader with Angie Likens [Ep. 201]

    What does it take to build a team that can help you run a ministry or business? How can you host an event that is effective AND aligns with the vision of your church, ministry, or business?
    In this episode, you’ll hear us chat with our friend, Angie Likens, founder of Proclaimed Truth. Angie shares about her leadership journey, how she started Proclaimed Truth, and how she makes decisions in her business. She also shares how she responds to all of the suggestions and big ideas that other people have for and about her event and business.  She also dives into how to remove pride as a leader in order to step fully into the calling that God has placed on your life to share the specific message He has given you.
    For the full show notes, visit https://estherlittlefield.com/episode201
    Episode Sponsor: This episode’s sponsor is my upLIFT Mentormind. upLIFT is designed specifically for Christian women who are building a business online and who are ready to thrive, who want to streamline their marketing, and hit their financial goals without losing their soul.
    If you’re ready for a community of other Christian businesswomen cheering you on, and the support of a coach and mentor to support you along the way, head over to upliftmentormind.com to check out the info session to see if it’s a good fit.
    Connect with Angie: Facebook
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    Proclaim Truth Conference
    Abide Box subscription box
    Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode201.

    • 48 min
    How to Set Boundaries as a Leader

    How to Set Boundaries as a Leader

    Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you realized you needed boundaries with someone? Perhaps you find the need for boundaries within your work space, family, or friendships. Or perhaps more often than not, the need for boundaries is with yourself.
    It can be challenging to communicate our needs surrounding our boundaries, but it is so important to set and maintain boundaries in our lives in order to protect our time, energy, capacity, and more.
    We are so thrilled to be celebrating 200 episodes of the show with you!
    After polling you all, we found that a lot of listeners were interested in hearing a conversation on the topic of boundaries, which is how we landed on this topic for this episode. Episode 20 of the show covers this topic in a solo version, so definitely check that one out if you want more thoughts and resources on what having boundaries looks like as a leader.
    For full show notes visit estherlittlefield.com/episode200
    Grab my free guide "​23 Practical Ways to Set Boundaries": https://estherlittlefield.com/boundaries
    NEW RESOURCE ALERT: How to Develop Confidence & Defeat Imposter Syndrome: https://estherlittlefield.com/confidence
    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.

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    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
    Facebook
    Website 
    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:
    Esther’s Instagram Holly’s Instagram Holly’s Website Facebook Page

    • 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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
197 Ratings

197 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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