What if you were able to sit down with some of the greatest leaders in the world? What would you ask? What would they say? Welcome to the “Linch with a Leader” Podcast with Mike Linch, where you are invited to join us in learning the spiritual principles behind big success.
Episode 153: “Aspiring Leaders” with Clay Scroggins
What does the future look like for the next generation of leaders? In this week’s episode, Mike sits down with Clay Scroggins to talk through principles from his latest book, “The Aspiring Leader’s Guide to the Future.” According to Clay, you don't have to be a young entrepreneur with big dreams or someone looking to land a leadership role to be considered an aspiring leader. You are one now. And by developing your skills for the future, you can become today's version of a leader worth following.
In addition to his latest release, Clay Scroggins has also authored How to Leader When You’re Not in Charge and How to Lead in a World of Distraction. His passion is organizational leadership – not just CEOs – but to help develop aspiring leaders within the organization. Clay offers personal coaching, and also loves to lead group (peer-to-peer) sessions to grow leaders and help them overcome challenges. Clay also co-hosts a leadership podcast with Adam Tarnow entitled “How to Lead.”
Episode 152: The Thing Beneath the Thing with Steve Carter
What holds us back from living life Whole and Holy? That’s the question Steve Carter answers in his latest book, entitled The Thing Beneath the Thing. Mike sits down with pastor, author, speaker, podcaster Steve Carter to talk about those potholes in our life’s journey that often keep us from seeing everything God makes available to us – His grace, peace, and wholeness.
Steve Carter is a pastor, speaker, author, podcast host, sports enthusiast, and the former lead teaching pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. Steve’s passion is to bring Jesus into everything he does. A gifted teacher, Steve spends his days crafting sermons, messages, blog posts, and books to encourage people in their walk with Christ. He describes his work as humbling and vulnerable—a soul-baring process that keeps him dependent, expectant, and grounded in Christ. Steve lives in Phoenix, AZ, with his wife, Sarah, and their two kids.
Episode 151: “Always Learning” with Coach Molly Miller
What has propelled Molly Miller to become one of the brightest young stars and most successful coaches in women’s college basketball? As the college basketball season begins, Mike sits down with Molly to gain an understanding of what has fueled her journey from player to assistant coach to head coach, and how she keeps her internal engine running.Molly Miller serves as the head coach of the women’s basketball program at Grand Canyon University. Following six seasons as the head coach at her Alma Mater, Drury University, she took over as the Lopes’ head coach after amassing an incredible record of 180-17, including a stunning 67-1 mark over her final two seasons in Springfield. Her teams won conference championships five of the six years between 2015-2020, and made an appearance in the Division II Final Four in 2019. Additionally, Coach Miller was named the WBCA Division II Coach of the Year in 2019 and 2020.In her first two seasons at Grand Canyon University, Miller has led the Lopes to a record of 39-15. In her first season at the helm, she led her team to its first-ever WAC Conference Championship game appearance. In her second season, the Lopes ranked second nationally in steals per game and turnover margin, while also ranking fourth in turnovers forced nationally.
Episode 150: “It’s Never Too Late” with Jim “The Rookie” Morris
As we head deeper into MLB’s postseason excitement, it’s a perfect time for Mike to sit down with former Major League pitcher Jim “The Rookie” Morris. Jim shares many of the obstacles he overcame in life, and is a real-life example that it is never too late for God to work, even through the most painful and least likely places in our lives.Jim Morris is no stranger to big dreams. Since he was five years old, he passionately yearned to play baseball in the major leagues. However, despite all his hard work and determination, a series of unfortunate events and injuries scuttled his career before he was twenty-five. Doctors told him he would never play again. Then, at age thirty-five—after a string of highly implausible events and at an age when most players are retiring—Morris found himself on the mound as a relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. His return to the game was so incredible that Disney made his story into aheartwarming film—The Rookie—with Jim portrayed by Dennis Quaid. It was released to popular acclaim and was a huge box office success. It won the ESPY for Best Sports Movie in 2002 and the CAMIE award for Character and Morality in Entertainment.Morris is the author of two books, with his most recent release entitled Dream Makers. It picks up where The Rookie left off. This compelling memoir explores the untapped territory of Morris’ life, including his contentious relationship with his father, his incessant and grueling struggle with pain and addiction, the mentorship with his wise and loving grandfather who kept him grounded, and the resolve and faith that drove him to overcome every tribulation. Dream Makers explores the transformative power of surrounding yourself with the best, most accomplished people possible—inspiring you to overcome life’s obstacles and achieve your dreams.
Episode 149: “Redefining Failure” with Dr. Karyn Gordon
Why do nearly all of us struggle with failure? How can we fail forward, rather than collapsing and giving in? How can we parent effectively through our kids’ failures? Dr. Karyn Gordon sits down with Mike to talk through some of her personal experiences in dealing with failures of all kinds, and how we can be propelled to a flourishing life through failures and setbacks we encounter. Additionally, Mike and Dr. Gordon discuss concepts from her book, The Three Chairs, which aims at equipping today’s leaders with essential skills to lead their organizations well.Dr. Karyn Gordon is the CEO and co-founder of DK Leadership, a global leadership coaching company whose purpose is developing great leaders at work and home. She has spoken to more than 500,000 people across 17 countries—including Fortune 500 companies, family businesses, entrepreneurs, professional associations, and others. A sought-after media personality and contributor, she has worked with Good Morning America, Forbes, The New York Times, and Cityline.Dr. Karyn has worked as a professional coach to global CEO’s, organizations, and families for over 20 years. She has a Doctorate in Marriage and Family and additional certifications in leadership, EQ, personality, wellness, and career direction. In 2021, she was nominated for the 29th annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award.
Episode 148: "Own Your Past, Change Your Future" with Dr. John Delony
What a great leadership podcast!
I listen to a number of leadership podcast but Linch with a Leader in my opinion is one of the best! Mike does a great job of asking questions and creating discussions that get to the heart of true leadership from God’s perspective. So many of the guest share much more than how to do effective leadership but the why behind it. If you want a great resource to help you be a healthy Christian leader from the inside out I would definitely recommend Linch with a Leader!
Excellent Leadership Podcast
Mike does an amazing job of exploring the connection between effective leadership and faith with some fantastic leaders. Good leaders understand the importance of leading people with purpose and passion, and Linch With a Leader is all about it!
Best Podcast out there! Inspiring!!
Mike has had some of the best leaders from all walks of life. Athletes, Authors, Pastors, TV stars, and everyday people. His passion is unmatched. The questions are incredibly insightful and from the heart. I look forward to every podcast he does. Keep up the great work Mike.