How to Take the Lead

Lee Griffith and Carrie-Ann Wade

How to Take the Lead is a show exploring all things leadership. Every week we'll be exploring a different part of life as a leader, questioning everything we've ever learnt and sharing a few of our own stories along the way. If you want to learn how to do leadership your own way, join hosts Lee Griffith (from www.sundayskies.com) and Carrie-Ann Wade (from www.cats-pajamas.co.uk) as they debunk myths, tackle stereotypes and generally put the leadership world to rights. New episodes are released every Thursday. To get involved, share your thoughts and stories or to ask questions visit www.howtotakethelead.com or DM us via instagram, LinkedIn or twitter.

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How to Take the Lead: The trailer!
10-06-2022
How to Take the Lead: The trailer!
Welcome to How To Take The Lead, our new podcast series exploring all things leadership. After five successful Insta and LinkedIn live series, we have decided to bring you all the good stuff as a podcast. No corporate talk here, just us, debunking myths, sharing our experiences and giving you practical tips. We might even get on our soapbox every now and then. Between us we have extensive leadership and communications experience. How to Take the Lead offers you an insight into our approach and thoughts on leadership, all with the aim of challenging the ways things have always been done and promoting the modern leader. New episodes will be released every Thursday at 6am and you can listen and download from your favourite platform. To find out more visit www.howtotakethelead.com.  If you enjoyed this episode why not subscribe to the podcast. We would love it if you left us a rating or a review. And feel free to share the link to this episode with anyone else you think would find it interesting, using #HowToTakeTheLead You can find out more about Lee Griffith via (www.sundayskies.com) and Carrie-Ann Wade at (www.cats-pajamas.co.uk) Get social with us: Follow or message Lee on (LinkedIn), (Twitter) and (Instagram). Follow or message Carrie-Ann on (LinkedIn), (Twitter) and (Instagram.) In the first episode of the series we will talking about leadership superpowers. Do you have one? Do you know how to use it? Join us to find out more and until then, get out there and take the lead.
Storytelling
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Storytelling
In this episode of How To Take The Lead we explore the power of storytelling in the context of leadership. Whether you are a natural born storyteller or you are a leader who deals in facts and figures, we discuss the importance of storytelling to build connections. In this episode we share our thoughts, experiences and learning, including: ·       03:38 – creating sticky content  ·       10:51 – listening to all the stories ·       14:53 – stop shoehorning in irrelevant stories ·       25:59 – stories and data working together ·       32:25 – How to ... use storytelling as a leader As always we share our top takeaways and in this episode we highlight the need to ensure your story is aligned to your purpose, not being the hero in your story and also the need to practice, practice, practice. We also recommended the following books: (Squirrel Inc. by Steve Denning) (Unleash the Power of Storytelling by Rob Biesenbach) Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller ----------------------- If you enjoyed this episode why not subscribe to the podcast. We would love it if you left us a rating or review and feel free to share the link to this episode with anyone else you think would find it interesting, using #HowToTakeTheLead You can find out more about Lee Griffith via  (www.sundayskies.com) and about Carrie-Ann Wade at  (www.cats-pajamas.co.uk) Get social with us via: Lee on  (LinkedIn),  (Twitter) and  (Instagram). Carrie-Ann on  (LinkedIn),  (Twitter) and  (Instagram.)
Introvert vs Extrovert ... who leads best?
28-07-2022
Introvert vs Extrovert ... who leads best?
In this episode of How To Take The Lead we talk about what it’s like to be an introvert or an extrovert as a leader. We talk about the positives, the challenges and your role as a leader in supporting others to thrive. In this episode we share our thoughts, experiences and learning, including: ·       06:29 – challenges for extroverts  ·       10:43 – how you get your energy as an extrovert ·       15:22 – confidence and introvertism ·       22:30 – who makes a better leader ·       39:56 – top takeaways for introverts and extroverts As always we share our top takeaways including ensuring you understand your own behaviours, as well as creating space for your team by being aware of the impacts. We also ask you not to make assumptions about people because you have labelled them an introvert or extrovert. In this episode we recommend the book (Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain). If you enjoyed this episode why not subscribe to the podcast. We would love it if you left us a rating or review and feel free to share the link to this episode with anyone else you think would find it interesting, using #HowToTakeTheLead ---------------------------- You can find out more about Lee Griffith via  (www.sundayskies.com) and about Carrie-Ann Wade at  (www.cats-pajamas.co.uk) Get social with us via: Lee on  (LinkedIn),  (Twitter) and  (Instagram). Carrie-Ann on  (LinkedIn),  (Twitter) and  (Instagram.)
This is our Oscars moment
28-06-2022
This is our Oscars moment
We just couldn’t resist sharing another bonus episode because we are so excited about our first series of How To Take The Lead. New episodes will be released every Thursday at 6am and you can listen/download on your favourite platform. We wanted to take the opportunity to share more about those who have inspired us along the way and to thank some of the most amazing cheerleaders and supporters. In this bonus episode you’ll hear more about the following fabulous podcast and book recommendations. Podcasts we love to listen to: (Diary of a CEO – Stephen Bartlett) You’re My Comms Hero (Behaviour Change Marketing Bootcamp – Ruth Dale) (The Squiggly Careers Podcast) (Inside the Hive with Quiet the Hive) (Conversations with Cat’s Pajamas) (*blush* thanks Lee!) (Trust Issues with Rachel Botsman) (How to Own the Room with Viv Groskop) Books* we love to read and share: (I Am My Brand by Kubi Springer) (Hype Yourself by Lucy Werner) (The Squiggly Career by Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis) (Your Dream Life Starts Here by Kristina Karlsson) (Quiet by Susan Cain) (How to Own the Room by Viv Groskop) (The Confidence Code Katty Kay and Claire Shipman) And we share our thanks and love for all the support and encouragement from David, Jim, Carolyn, Vicky, Lee’s coach Carol, Daniel, Carrie-Ann’s coach Mikaela, (Asif), (Bob), (Becca), (Sara), (Liz), Sam and Helen. You are all amazing! Finally a huge thank you to all of you for listening, sharing and getting in touch to share your views, experiences and ideas. If you enjoyed this episode why not subscribe to the podcast. We would love it if you left us a rating or review and feel free to share the link to this episode with anyone else you think would find it interesting, using #HowToTakeTheLead You can find out more about Lee Griffith via (www.sundayskies.com) and about Carrie-Ann Wade at (www.cats-pajamas.co.uk) Get social with us: Follow or message Lee on (LinkedIn), (Twitter) and (Instagram). Follow or message Carrie-Ann on (LinkedIn), (Twitter) and (Instagram.) Until our next episode, get out there and take the lead. *The books listed have affiliate links. It means that if you buy via the link then we may receive a small payment. It doesn't mean you pay any more for the book.
Our biggest leadership lessons
23-06-2022
Our biggest leadership lessons
In this episode of How to Take the Lead, we wanted to share some of our learning from our careers to date so you get the chance to find out a little more about us and our leadership lessons. We share our individual experiences and some of our shared learning, including: 02:15 – being open to new opportunities without compromising your boundaries 04:56 - making the right impact in a new job 17:10 - support networks and developing yourself 21:07 – realising you don’t have to be like all the other leaders you see Our takeaways from this episode will help you to reflect on your own career to date, thinking about the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of your experiences of leadership and how you can adapt and nurture your leadership style for the future. ------------------ If you enjoyed this episode why not subscribe to the podcast. We would love it if you left us a rating or review and feel free to share the link to this episode with anyone else you think would find it interesting, using #HowToTakeTheLead You can find out more about Lee Griffith via (www.sundayskies.com) and about Carrie-Ann Wade at (www.cats-pajamas.co.uk) Get social with us: Follow or message Lee on (LinkedIn), (Twitter) and (Instagram). Follow or message Carrie-Ann on (LinkedIn), (Twitter) and (Instagram.) In the next episode we are going to be focused on emotional intelligence, what it is and how to consider it when you are building your leadership team. Until then, get out there and take the lead.
Ditch the power suit!
23-06-2022
Ditch the power suit!
In episode two of How to Take the Lead, we discuss why we have decided to ditch the power suits and how that has impacted our approach to leadership. Authenticity is something we talk about a lot and this topic really highlights the importance of being able to show up as your true self as a leader. In this episode we cover a lot of ground, including: 02:45 – does appearance matter? 06:10 – how to judge what's appropriate 15:45 - tackling discrimination and your role as a leader Our takeaways from this episode are focused on working out what makes you feel most confident in the workplace and finding opportunities to have conversations about how you can support others to show up as the best versions of themselves. We want you to feel comfortable and confident to be yourself. We mentioned the Broken Ladders report from The Fawcett Society and The Runnymede Trust. You can view it here (Broken Ladders report.) We will be sharing some of our own leadership lessons in the next episode of How to Take the Lead so tune in to hear more. Until then, get out there and take the lead. ------------------------------------------- If you enjoyed this episode why not subscribe to the podcast. We would love it if you left us a review and feel free to share the link to this episode with anyone else you think would find it interesting using #HowToTakeTheLead You can find out more about Lee Griffith via (www.sundayskies.com) and about Carrie-Ann Wade at (www.cats-pajamas.co.uk)
How to Take the Lead: The trailer!
10-06-2022
How to Take the Lead: The trailer!
Welcome to How To Take The Lead, our new podcast series exploring all things leadership. After five successful Insta and LinkedIn live series, we have decided to bring you all the good stuff as a podcast. No corporate talk here, just us, debunking myths, sharing our experiences and giving you practical tips. We might even get on our soapbox every now and then. Between us we have extensive leadership and communications experience. How to Take the Lead offers you an insight into our approach and thoughts on leadership, all with the aim of challenging the ways things have always been done and promoting the modern leader. New episodes will be released every Thursday at 6am and you can listen and download from your favourite platform. To find out more visit www.howtotakethelead.com.  If you enjoyed this episode why not subscribe to the podcast. We would love it if you left us a rating or a review. And feel free to share the link to this episode with anyone else you think would find it interesting, using #HowToTakeTheLead You can find out more about Lee Griffith via (www.sundayskies.com) and Carrie-Ann Wade at (www.cats-pajamas.co.uk) Get social with us: Follow or message Lee on (LinkedIn), (Twitter) and (Instagram). Follow or message Carrie-Ann on (LinkedIn), (Twitter) and (Instagram.) In the first episode of the series we will talking about leadership superpowers. Do you have one? Do you know how to use it? Join us to find out more and until then, get out there and take the lead.