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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 Esther Littlefield

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 183 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.

    Two Challenges that Can Destroy Our Leadership and How We Can Respond to Them with Shannon Popkin

    Two Challenges that Can Destroy Our Leadership and How We Can Respond to Them with Shannon Popkin

    Have you ever found yourself in a leadership situation where you were leading a group to accomplish a task, but balls were being dropped, people were not completing their work in the way that you wanted, and it was driving you crazy?  Maybe you started to feel like you needed to do it all yourself because this mission was too important for things to be messed up. Can you relate?
     
    Maybe you've been in a situation where you look around at other leaders and they are hitting their goals and you start thinking, “why can’t  I seem to get where they are? “why didn’t I get that promotion”, or “how is her business growing faster than mine?”
     
    It's likely you have felt either one of these things, and today's guest Shannon Popkin is going to reveal to us two major challenges that can destroy or negatively impact our leadership: comparison and control. She is going to share with us what we can do to reverse these issues and respond  differently to these challenges.
     
    For the full show notes for this episode, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode173.
     
    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. Find out more and grab this mini-course here: http://confidentconversations.co/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    5 Ways Jesus Communicated & What We Can Learn From His Approach [Ep. 172]

    5 Ways Jesus Communicated & What We Can Learn From His Approach [Ep. 172]

    How Christ-like is your communication? Are you able to patiently lead others to answers? Do you feel the need to speak up, or are you able to stay silent sometimes?
    In this episode, I'm discussing communicating as Christian leaders. Through the year, we’ve had a few episodes related to communication but today I want to look at our best example of communication: Jesus.
    When I look around at the way we as Christians are communicating lately, both within our own faith community and to those in the world around us, honestly, it breaks my heart. It seems we have really lost sight of what it means to follow Jesus in the way we use our words.
    There are hundreds if not thousands of books about communication, conflict, and conversations. A quick google search can yield hundreds of articles full of advice and guidance for how to approach hard conversations and how to communicate effectively. But for us as Christians, there’s one primary source we should look to as our guide. And more specifically, one person whose life and conversation style we seek to emulate: Jesus Christ.
    Just like Jesus sets the example for us for leadership, specifically servant leadership as we discussed in episode 122, he also is the best example for us in the way we communicate. So today we’re going to look at 5 ways Jesus approached communication and conversations with others.
    For the full show notes, go to estherlittlefield.com/episode172.
      Episode Sponsor: Confident Conversations 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.
     
    Find out more and grab this mini-course here: http://confidentconversations.co/
     
    Connect with Esther and Holly: The Christian Woman Business Podcast Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page  
    This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode172.

    • 27 min
    How to Find Life Balance, Discerning What’s Most Important, and Why Outsourcing May Be Necessary with Christy Wright [Ep. 171]

    How to Find Life Balance, Discerning What’s Most Important, and Why Outsourcing May Be Necessary with Christy Wright [Ep. 171]

    Is there such a thing as ‘life balance’ and if so, how do you find it? And how do you discern when you need to stop doing something in your life?
    As ambitious, multi-passionate women leaders, many of us struggle to manage all the roles and responsibilities we hold. And when the issue of balance comes up, we often feel shame, guilt, or confusion about what it actually looks like or whether we can ever find it.
     
    In this conversation with Christy Wright, you’ll hear a fresh perspective on the issue of balance as Christy helps us to redefine what it means. You’ll also learn why so many of us feel out of balance, how to determine your priorities, and how to determine when you need to STOP doing something. In addition, we dive into why we might need to outsource certain things in our lives and how we can’t allow others' opinions of this to affect us.
     
    You’re sure to walk away with some mindset shifts and some practical tips you can implement into your own life today. If you missed it when Christy was on the show initially, check out episodes 143 & 144 to hear more of her leadership journey and more.
    For the full show notes for this episode, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode171.
    This episode was sponsored by my upLIFT Mentormind program, for Christian women in the testing or established stages of business who are ready to streamline their business, and grow together to reach their goals and thrive. Go to upliftmenormind.com to learn more and apply today.

    • 44 min
    How to Pursue a Passion Project While Working or Running Your Business [Ep. 170]

    How to Pursue a Passion Project While Working or Running Your Business [Ep. 170]

    How do you pursue a passion project while also working full time, running a business, or managing home & family life? Is this even possible or is it a pipe dream?
     
    As a multi-passionate leader, it’s likely that you have many ideas and dreams you’d like to pursue. In addition, you probably have plenty of natural gifts, skills, and experiences that you could use to create a career or business.
     
    But just because you have all of these passions and skills does not mean you necessarily should pursue them all. However, there are times when God makes it clear that there is a passion project or a dream He does want us to run after. 
     
    So how do we do this when our lives are already full--either with a full-time job, a business we are running, or a full life of home, ministry, or other commitments?
     
    Episode Sponsor:
     
    This episode was sponsored by my upLIFT Mentormind program, for Christian women in the testing or established stages of business who are ready to streamline their business, and grow together to reach their goals and thrive. Click here to learn more and apply today.
     
    For the full show notes for this episode, go to estherlittlefield.com/episode170.

    • 46 min
    From Food Addiction to Freedom & Health with Dr. Rhona

    From Food Addiction to Freedom & Health with Dr. Rhona

    Do you ever run to food for comfort when you are feeling sad, angry, or upset? Do you ever have negative self-talk with body image? Or have you prayed and asked God to give you freedom in this area, only to feel like He’s not listening?
    If you’ve ever felt like food has a hold on you or you can’t break free from negative body image issues, you are not alone. In this podcast episode, you’ll be encouraged and find hope for overcoming food addictions and finding freedom in this area.
    Our guest, Dr. Rhona Epstein, is an expert in food addictions and she shares with us how to discern an addiction from a bad habit, the importance of separating food from our emotions, and the true answer for freedom.
    We cannot separate the issue of our physical health from our overall health, so this is a vital issue for us to explore as Christian women leaders. We wrap up our conversation talking about how the church can play a role in helping people find freedom in this area. 
    For the full show notes, go to estherlittlefield.com/episode169
    This episode was sponsored by my upLIFT Mentormind program, for Christian women in the testing or established stages of business who are ready to streamline their business, and grow together to reach their goals and thrive. Go to uplifmentormind.com to learn more and apply today.
    Connect with Dr. Rhona: Dr. Rhona’s Website Dr. Rhona on Facebook Book: Food Triggers Book: Satisfied  
    Rhona Epstein (Psy.D) is a licensed psychologist and addictions counselor who has personally experienced recovery from food addiction. Dr. Rhona received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia, PA) and has been helping individuals find freedom from food addiction for more than three decades. She lives and practices just outside Philadelphia, PA.

    • 56 min
    How to Receive Feedback as a Leader (and Why it Matters)

    How to Receive Feedback as a Leader (and Why it Matters)

    What happens when you are the leader, and someone brings a concern to you? How do you handle it? And how do you respond? This is a key skill that we need to develop, because we all will get feedback from others in our leadership.
     
    As leaders, it’s inevitable that we will receive feedback and criticism. And since we cannot control what other people say about us or how they go about bringing us their concerns, we can control how we respond.
     
    In this episode, I’m following up on my earlier episode about how to bring a concern to a leader with thoughts on how we should deal with being on the receiving end of feedback. I’ll share with  you 3 steps to take and we will also discuss the bigger picture about why it matters so much how we respond to feedback.
     
    For the full show notes for this episode, go to: estherlittlefield.com/episode168.
      Episode Sponsor: Confident Conversations 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.
     
    Find out more and grab this mini-course here: http://confidentconversations.co/
     
    Connect with Esther and Holly: The Christian Woman Business Podcast Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page
    This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode168.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
183 Ratings

183 Ratings

GLDuke ,

Quality Podcast for Christian Women Leaders

I greatly enjoy listening to Esther and Holly share their insights for female Christian leaders. It’s hard to find this type of content. So glad I found this podcast.

Crystal Freie ,

Leadership through the right lens

Love the discussions about leadership in real life. Women are leaders in so many areas, and having a biblical perspective and understanding of what it mean to lead is so important!

Mayra W. ,

Must listen to show!

Esther and Holly provide powerful discussions that encourage the everyday Christian woman to lead with confidence and live as the leader they should be.

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