28 episodes

Leadership Arts Review is a dynamic podcast about the art and science of leadership.

Kate Arms, Alyssa Dickman, and Nitya Shekar explore a different leadership book each episode to help you navigate all the theories and strategies out there and find the elements that work for you.

Leadership Arts Review Kate Arms, Alyssa Dickman, & Nitya Shekar

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 14 Ratings

Leadership Arts Review is a dynamic podcast about the art and science of leadership.

Kate Arms, Alyssa Dickman, and Nitya Shekar explore a different leadership book each episode to help you navigate all the theories and strategies out there and find the elements that work for you.

    End of Season 2 Update

    End of Season 2 Update

    An end of Season 2 update from Kate Arms.

    • 2 min


    In Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them, Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini explore why top-down governance and rule-bound management are liabilities in the modern business world, what organizational changes are needed to equip and enable everyone in organizations to be their best and to do their best, how to manage transitions safely, and what kind of leadership such transformations demand.
    Kate Arms leads Alyssa Dickman and Nitya Shekar in a discussion of Humanocracy. We talk about how organizational structures and cultures hold great people back and what leaders need to do to change that.
    We discuss how human-centred organizational design can engage employees, reduce attrition, and enable better outcomes more quickly and cheaply.
    Listen in if you want to transform your organization into a powerhouse of the modern economy where the best people want to work.

    • 43 min


    Rick Andrews, Corporate Trainer and Improvisation Teacher, joins us for a discussion of Susan Cain's latest book, Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole. We look at how people and organizations are enriched and empowered by embracing grief, sorrow, and longing.
    In Bittersweet, Susan Cain looks at the positive side of unpleasant emotions. We talk about how comfort with unpleasant emotions enables people and organizations to have the hard conversations, how positivity and humor can be toxic, and how authenticity serves as an antidote.
    Listen in if you are interested in how to lead through hard times with integrity.
    Featuring Special Guest, Rick Andrews!
    Rick Andrews is a trainer, instructor, and coach living in NYC and teaching globally. He is Head Instructor at The Magnet Theater and has been studying, performing, and teaching improvisation since 1999. Rick is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, teaching improvisation in the MFA Acting program.
    As an applied improvisation facilitator and trainer, Rick has worked with hundreds of organizations using improvisation techniques and exercises to help meet their needs and grow their skills. Clients have included Google, Spotify, Salesforce, J.P. Morgan, Bloomberg, NBCUniversal, PepsiCo, Ogilvy, Chief, and many more.
    You can learn more about him at his website or his LinkedIn.

    • 59 min


    In Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel H. Pink presents research on effective motivation and the importance of autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Despite the runaway success of the book, corporate management has done a surprisingly poor job of implementing these ideas. 
    Alyssa Dickman leads a discussion of Drive with Nitya Shekar and Kate Arms. We talk about how people are motivated and the ways organizational structures can inhibit or support motivation.
    We discuss the relationship between creativity and motivation, the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivators, how monetizing passion and purpose can backfire, flow, employee engagement, and how to optimize incentives for the goals that matter. We dig into why optimizing for the short term can create long-term challenges and how motivational feedback loops can mislead us.
    Listen in if you are interested in designing organizations and building teams that enable motivation, innovation, and creativity.

    • 37 min
    Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

    Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

    In Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?: (And How to Fix It), Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic discusses why so many organizations equate leadership potential with destructive personality traits like overconfidence, narcissism, and psychopathy. He shares what qualities we should be looking for and valuing instead and suggests new systems and processes that can help organizations put the right people in charge.
    Kate Arms leads a discussion of Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?: (And How to Fix It) by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic with Alyssa Dickman and Nitya Shekar. We talk about why it is so easy for incompetent men to become leaders and why it is so hard for competent men and women to advance.
    We discuss the relationship between narcissism and perceived competence, the difference between confidence and competence, why women leaders outperform men, and how to make sure your company hires the right people for leadership.
    Listen in if you are interested in hiring better leaders or how to get more women into leadership.

    • 35 min
    Rebel Talent

    Rebel Talent

    In Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life, Francesca Gino discusses the importance of defying the status quo for both personal life satisfaction and organizational success.
    Nitya Shekar, Kate Arms, and Alyssa Dickman discuss Rebel Talent and the importance of innovation for organizations and the power of defying the status quo to create personal fulfillment.
    We discuss risk taking, vulnerability, innovation, and creativity.
    Listen in if you want to embrace a little more rebellion in your work and life.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

mithraaaaaaa ,

Use it complement book reading and discover new books

I really like this podcast’s book group format discussion on leadership books. Each podcast episode has a book summary and discussion between the three hosts. I picked up Thinking, Fast and Slow to read recently and listening to the podcast complemented the book reading well. Found it useful to listen to the podcast both before and after reading the book. Also learnt about some other leadership books, which are now on my to-read list. Highly recommend!

samanehhhhhh ,


It would be great if we could have the text of the episodes, knowing that all the users are not native English speakers ☺️
Thank you so much

ashntadserver ,

Must for seasoned and upcoming leaders!

This podcast checks all the boxes for me, from a diverse, intelligent group of hosts to a fascinating topic (leadership) and authentic, deep content. The leaders are insightful and engaging, and they both review the books and offer personal/professional anecdotes to keep it entertaining. The list of books they select alone is golden, and should be read by anyone who wishes to be a well-rounded, thoughtful, empathetic and effective leader.

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