6 Podcasts to Strengthen Your Business Foundation

The more I dive into learning, the more I see the value of podcasts as a leader’s secret weapon for leadership development. Last year, I listened to more podcasts than ever before, and it sparked new ideas for building my personal leadership.

Skyscrapers

John Maxwell said,

Leadership is influence, nothing more nothing less.

If leadership is influence then one question we must ask ourselves is, what or who is shaping our direction. For me, I choose to surround myself with leaders who are visionary, strategic, outside-the-box thinkers and personal mentors

Additionally, I am influenced by the books and podcasts.

I believe our growth as leaders is never a done deal; we must be continually growing. John Maxwell talks about the Law of the Lid.

The Law of the Lid states that our leadership will only grow to the capacity we have. For example, if the ability of a leader is a three (3) or four (4), they may only grow to be a five (5) or six (6).

However, if a leader's capacity is a seven (7) or eight (8), they have the ability to reach a nine (9) or ten (10).

Which leader would you rather be or follow?

How To Use Podcasts to Grow Your Leadership Influence

I was never a big talk radio guy, but for some reason, I have latched on to podcasts.

Podcast Headphones

In recent years, podcasts such as NPR and Serial have drawn folks into the podcasting world.

John Lee Dumas of EOFire.com shares how he got his start podcasting by listening to some of the first podcasts while driving.

The smartphone has made it easier than ever for us to consume knowledge and learn virtually any topic.

I discovered podcasts, and I haven’t looked back. I currently listen to between five and ten podcasts per week on a variety of subjects.

One of the things I love about podcasts is that you can listen to an Apple podcast followed by a Disney one and finish it up with expanding your leadership capacity. It is unbelievable what we have at our fingertips.

Marriages are being challenged each and every day. Michael Hyatt shares four ways you can affair proof your marriage. Even as a single guy (and someone who desires to get married), I found this podcast episode incredibly helpful and it made me think about how I would prepare for the future.

This is an episode that every leader (business, non-profit, parachurch, church, etc) should listen to.

Learning to Be Great Can Be Painful

4 Important Lessons I Learned from a Year of Half Marathons

My heart was pounding as I heard the voice over the loudspeaker say,

Running

You have 90 seconds to cross the start line before we close it, and you will need to begin with the rest of the racers at 7:30 am.

As I rounded the metal barricade and stepped across the start line of the 2015 Long Beach Half Marathon, I knew today would be a celebration of a year of intentionality.

Rewind the clock one year and as I stepped across the start line of the 2014 Long Beach Half Marathon, I was…

  • 20 pounds heavier
  • Out of shape
  • Hoping to finish the race
  • In pursuit of life-change
  • At a crossroads

This year has flown by, and I turned 40 just six weeks ago. I didn't face a mid-life crisis. I didn't pursue some common upgrades. I did, however, commit to making lifestyle changes that would bring out a better version of myself.