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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

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    • 4.8 • 148 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.

    Breaking Free from Lies and Finding Freedom from an Eating Disorder with Britney Thompson [123]

    Breaking Free from Lies and Finding Freedom from an Eating Disorder with Britney Thompson [123]

    Have you ever found yourself trapped in an unhealthy pattern or addiction, but you’re not sure how to break free? The answer often involves breaking free from lies and replacing those lies with the truth of God.
    In this episode, Holly and I speak with our guest Britney Thompson who vulnerably shares her story of breaking free from an eating disorder. We dive into her leadership journey, the steps she took to get free, and practical ways we can get rid of the lies that may be holding us back. You’ll hear why we need to bring our struggles into the light and one of the most important things Britney believes we need to do in our healing. 
    Key Points Discussed: Britney’s life and leadership [3:30] How Britney found freedom from an eating disorder [6:40] How this journey has transformed her leadership [14:00] The lies that kept Britney stuck [16:40] 4 step process to discern truth from lies [20:00] See your thoughts Say your thoughts Speak truth Set your mind Less obvious comforts or addictions we struggle with [27:00] Dealing with perfectionism [30:23] Why we need vulnerability and safe people [35:22] Creating a culture of healthy confession [39:45] Leaders are learners [47:57]  
    Quotes: “My leadership needed to be from a place of total honesty.”  “I’m a better leader because of my willingness to share my brokenness and my hurts.” “One of the biggest lies is the lie of success.” “Choose to believe what God’s truth is over what you believe your truth is.” “As long as we stay hidden, it’s never going to get fixed.” Resources & Links: God-Minded: Living God-Focused in a Me-Focused World by Britney Renae Thompson Jesus Over Everything by Lisa Whittle Audacious by Beth Moore The Daily Grace Co.  
    Connect with Britney: Website Facebook Instagram
    Special offer from Britney: Sign-Up for my newsletter between now and the end of November 2020, and be entered to win a free signed copy of my book, "God-Minded: Living God-Focused in a Me-Focused World."  To be entered to win visit www.britneythompson.com and enter your information.  Winner will be notified via email.
     
    Britney Renae Thompson is a dynamic speaker, author and Christian life-coach who shares lessons learned while overcoming her 15-year eating disorder. She helps Christian women move past every type of fear, doubt, and insecurity to live out God's freedom and purpose for their lives.
    Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s other podcast, The Christian Woman Business Podcast Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page  
    This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode123 on Oct. 27, 2020.

    • 53 min
    Flipping the Leadership Script by Serving [Leadership Traits Series] [122]

    Flipping the Leadership Script by Serving [Leadership Traits Series] [122]

    What does it look like to be an effective leader? As Christians, we want to follow the example of our leader Jesus Christ. So what did his leadership look like, and how can we emulate this?  
     
    In this episode, Holly and I continue our leadership trait series as we dive into an aspect of leadership that is firmly grounded in our faith. While some of the traits we discuss are widely accepted by the world, this one originates from our ultimate leader.
     
    Jesus, the most impactful leader of all time, flipped the script by demonstrating servant leadership. He did things differently than what people were expecting, and his life and leadership changed the world forever. 
     
    We’ll look at 2 specific ways that Jesus demonstrated servant leadership as well as discuss some practical ways that we can develop an attitude of service in our lives.
     
    Note: this conversation is derived in part from Holly’s reading of the book “Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence For Every Believer” by J. Oswald Sanders.
     
    For the full show notes for this episode, go to estherlittlefield.com/episode122.
    Key Points Discussed: Flipping the Script on Leadership Servant Leadership is Marked by Self-Sacrifice Servant Leadership is Fueled by Love How can we develop an attitude of servant leadership?  
    Resources & Links: “Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence For Every Believer” by J. Oswald Sanders* Episode 117: Discerning the Voice of God and Making Spirit-Led Decisions Episode 120: Vulnerability in Leadership


    Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s other podcast, The Christian Woman Business Podcast Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page  
    *Affiliate link. This goes to support the costs of running the podcast. Thanks for your support!
     
    This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode122 on Oct. 20, 2020.

    • 50 min
    Shrinking Integrity Gaps, Finding Your Safe People, & Speaking Up When It’s Risky - 121

    Shrinking Integrity Gaps, Finding Your Safe People, & Speaking Up When It’s Risky - 121

    The difference between who we say we are and how we actually live impacts not just us personally, but also everyone we lead. But how can we learn to identify this gap and begin shrinking it? 
     
    In this episode, Holly and I talk with our guest Terra Mattson, about this issue, which she calls an integrity gap. We dive into what this means, common symptoms of an integrity gap, and how to start closing this gap. In addition, Terra sheds light on why unresolved trauma is common in leaders and what leaders need to do about it.

    We also discuss with Terra whether we should address integrity gaps when we see them in other people. Finally, we explore why speaking up is so important, even when it’s risky and what it means to become a wholehearted leader.
     
    This is an important conversation for every leader, whether you are just getting started or whether you’ve been in leadership for years. As Terra reminds us in the conversation, this is an ongoing process and none of us are immune to integrity gaps.
    For the full show notes for this episode, go to estherlittlefield.com/episode121.
    Key Points Discussed: Terra’s life and leadership [4:38] Terra’s leadership journey [6:40] Why integrity matters for leaders [10:00] Integrity gaps [15:10] Most common symptoms of integrity gaps [21:00] Unresolved trauma [28:00] How to begin shrinking an integrity gap [32:00] Why is it hard for leaders to be honest about their struggles [35:00] Identifying safe relationships and red flags for unhealthy counseling situations [39:00] Being a safe person for others and when to refer out [45:00] When you see an integrity gap in someone else [47:12] Speaking up when it’s risky [53:58] Becoming wholehearted leaders [1:01:41] Leaders are learners [1:04:14] Resources & Links: Episode 120: Vulnerability in Leadership - Why It Matters, What it Looks Like, and How to Practice It Core Values Index


    Connect with Terra Mattson Living Wholehearted Website Terra’s Website Free Audiobook before Oct. 31, 2020 with purchase of “Shrinking the Integrity Gap” book Terra on Instagram Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s other podcast, The Christian Woman Business Podcast Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page  
    This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode121 on Oct. 13, 2020.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Vulnerability in Leadership - Why It Matters, What it Looks Like, and How to Practice It [Leadership Traits Series] - 120

    Vulnerability in Leadership - Why It Matters, What it Looks Like, and How to Practice It [Leadership Traits Series] - 120

    Vulnerability isn’t just a “nice to have” trait for leaders; it is essential to being an effective Christian leader. But why does it matter and how can we practice it in our everyday lives?
     
    In this episode, Holly and I are kicking off a new series about traits we need to develop as Christian leaders. We originally shared a list of things we felt leaders needed back in episode 2 of the podcast, but now we’re going to do a deeper dive into some specific character traits for leaders.
     
    Today we’re starting with the trait of vulnerability. We believe vulnerability will help you be a more effective leader, so we’re sharing 4 reasons why it matters, as well as what it looks like and how to practice it as a Christian woman.
     
    For the full show notes for this episode, go to estherlittlefield.com/episode120.
    Key Points Discussed: What is Vulnerability? Why is Vulnerability Important for Christian Leaders? What Vulnerability Looks Like How to Practice Vulnerability as a Christian Woman Action Step  
    Resources & Links: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown The Goodness of Vulnerability - article from Intervarsity The Part Of Vulnerability No One Talks About - article from Relevant


    Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s other podcast, The Christian Woman Business Podcast Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page  
    This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode120 on Oct. 6, 2020.

    • 44 min
    How to Thrive While Leading and Parenting Teens with Connie Albers - 119

    How to Thrive While Leading and Parenting Teens with Connie Albers - 119

    Are you a parent, grandparent, mentor, or leader of teens? Or do you want to gain leadership insights from parenting teenagers? 
    In this conversation, Holly and I talk with Connie Albers about thriving while leading and parenting teens. She shares many insights from her experience raising 5 teenagers as well as other lessons she has learned on her leadership journey.
    Connie shares wisdom and insight on how to keep the heart of your teen, what’s more important than fixing their problems, and how to repair and rebuild a relationship that has been broken.
    Even if you are not currently parenting teens, this episode is packed full of valuable lessons that every Christian leader can benefit from.


    Key Points about Leading and Parenting Teens: Connie’s life & leadership [3:27] What led Connie to write her book about parenting teens [12:00] Keeping the heart of your teen [16:42] Listening to teens rather than fixing their problems [28:47] What to do when your teen shares something difficult or surprising [38:00] Repairing and rebuilding relationship with your child [47:40] Leaders are learners [56:00] Connect with Connie  
    Key Quotes about Leading and Parenting Teens: “In leadership, you have to be a great listener and you have to be perceptive.” “You don’t have to survive the teen years; they can be the most profound years of your parenting.” “Families are destroyed at the hand of unbending rules.” “When we want to keep the heart of our child we first have to maintain the relationship.” “Control is an elusive feeling.” “Surrendering has to do with letting go and trusting that what you have taught them is in their mind and in their thoughts.” “Our children aren’t problems to be fixed. They want a relationship.” “Two things your teens need: they need to be heard and affirmed.” “Tell your kids: I am a safe person. I am not going to judge you. I am not going to think poorly of you. I will be your greatest cheerleader. And then live it out.” “We can teach our children everything about God but we can’t force a relationship with God.” “God is not finished with your child’s story and he is not finished with your family’s legacy.” “It’s never too late; it's always too soon to quit.” “It’s not what you say but how you say it.” Resources & Links: Parenting Beyond the Rules: Raising Teens with Confidence and Joy Connect with Connie Albers: Website Equipped to Be Podcast Connie is a marketing and public relations professional with over thirty-five years of experience working in the nonprofit and for-profit markets. Connie equips families to navigate the seasons of life and parenting with her #1 ranked Amazon Hot Release book Parenting Beyond the Rules: Raising Teens with Confidence and Joy and through her blog ConnieAlbers.com. Connie also took a post at Social Media Examiner as the director of first impressions and managed volunteers for Social Media Marketing World.
     
    She and her husband, Tom, have been married 35 years and have successfully homeschooled their five children, all of whom continued their education and graduated from the University of Central Florida on scholarship.
      Connect with Esther: Esther’s other podcast, The Christian Woman Business Podcast Esther’s Website Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode119 on September 29, 2020.

    • 59 min
    Real Life Stories of Stepping into Confident Leadership

    Real Life Stories of Stepping into Confident Leadership

    Have you heard podcast guests who are living out leadership and thought, “Yeah, but I couldn’t do that”? Or perhaps you’ve thought about joining the Confident Leader Catalyst but you’re not sure if it’s right for you.
    In this episode, you’re going to hear from 3 women who were members of the very first round of the Confident Leader Catalyst program. They share their real life stories of why they joined, how it has impacted them, and what has changed since participating.
    If you’re interested in joining the Confident Leader Catalyst or just want to know more, head over to confidentleadercatalyst.com. It’s open until Friday, Sept. 25th for the fall round. After that you’re welcome to join the waitlist so you are the first to know when it’s open again.
    Even if the Confident Leader Catalyst isn’t for you, I know you’ll enjoy hearing these gals’ perspective on becoming confident leaders!
      Key Points Discussed:  
    Introducing the 3 women featured on this episode [3:07] What life was like before participating in the Catalyst [5:17] Why they wanted to jump into the Confident Leader Catalyst [8:03] What made the biggest impact for them [10:50] What has changed since participating [15:44] If you’re considering joining the program [18:46] Key Quotes:  
    “I always thought I was confident… but I realized in taking this class that there was a lack of confidence in going forward with some of the things I wanted to do.” - Marie Weber
     
    “I have taken action since I took this class; it has built my confidence up.” - Marie Weber
     
    “Part of what the program did was present leadership from a Biblical worldview and some takeaways from that are leadership as a servant leader, which looks different from worldly leadership… sitting in Scriptures that focus on that was very helpful for me.” - Jennifer Tjepkes
     
    “It’s not all about me; it’s about gifts that God gives us, and how are we stewarding that? Which feels different than me trying to shine up and be a good leader and have it come from something that I’m doing.” - Jennifer Tjepkes
     
    “Being in the community of women was critical… it’s easy to not do it on our own; it’s harder when we’re more accountable to a group.” - Jennifer Tjepkes
     
    “Just taking purpose and calling out of this very specific place and really understanding how general it is…who we are called to be first and foremost as Christians... that really helped me.” - Brandi Davis
     
    “It’s in the day to day that leadership is implemented.” - Jennifer Tjepkes
     
    “It gave me a whole different attitude of: this is where God has called me, go forward with it.” - Marie Weber
     
    “There’s a sense of permission... to still be learning and growing and discovering parts of myself… having that permission has been freeing.” - Brandi Davis
     
    “Don’t come in with any expectations of what the process will look like… you’ll come out on the other side and really be able to see how the Lord moved, and be able to tap into all the goodness that came from the experience.” - Brandi Davis
      Are you ready to become a confident leader? My program, the Confident Leader Catalyst, is open Sept. 21st through 25th for the Fall round. It’s a step-by-step program that takes you from hesitant, confused, and stuck to confident, clear, and ready to take action. We will dive deep into helping you become a leader who has confidence, clarity, and courage so that you can step out of your comfort zone and into your calling.
     
    Head over to confidentleadercatlyst.com to get all the details and join us now!
      Connect with Esther: Esther’s other podcast, The Christian Woman Business Podcast Esther’s Website Facebook Group Facebook Page  

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
148 Ratings

148 Ratings

Elysha Kay ,

Relevant, Practical and Entertaining!

I just stumbled across this podcast and I feel like it was an answer to prayer! Lots of great information for Christian Leaders with practical application examples and action steps! It’s exactly what I need.

Teresa Huff ,

Such practical, trustworthy advice

Esther is such a sincere, caring person and that comes through in every show. She gives thoughtful, meaningful advice and her podcast is such an encouragement!

Ingridporter ,

Great episode

I stumbled upon this podcast while looking for some encouragement. As a Christian woman running a small business having tools and tips from strong Christian women makes a huge difference in my life. The episode on October 6, 2020 about vulnerability came to me at just the right time. Thank you Esther and Holly for showing me what vulnerability is and how I can use it in my small business and life.

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