Lead With That Podcast

Looking for Leadership Lessons Through Current Events

Leadership lessons don’t need to be reserved for formal classroom and online trainings, they can be extracted from the stories we encounter every day. Join the Center for Creative Leadership’s Ren Washington and Allison Barr as they uncover and highlight the leadership lessons in today’s headlines and popular culture.

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image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, What Betty White and Sidney Poitier Can Teach Us About Inclusion, Access, and Authenticity
January 20, 2021
Lead With That: What Betty White and Sidney Poitier Can Teach Us About Inclusion, Access, and Authenticity
On December 31st, 2021 actor, comedian, animal rights activist, and author Betty White died just weeks before she would have celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 17, 2022. Just a week later, the first black man to win an Oscar, an actor that paved the way for underrepresented actors around the globe, Sidney Poitier died at the age of 94, on January 7th, 2022. While their loss is sad, this conversation explores what we can celebrate about their legacies and the powerful leadership lessons they taught throughout their lives. Specifically, we’ll explore the things we can learn from Sidney and Betty about inclusion, access, authenticity and how we can lead with that in mind.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, What Facebook’s Rebrand to Meta Can Teach Us About Change and Transformation
December 10, 2021
Lead With That: What Facebook’s Rebrand to Meta Can Teach Us About Change and Transformation
Facebook – a company that changed the way the internet was used and the way people connected with one another – recently announced their rebrand to Meta. What are the practical implications of a prominent company changing its name and its mission, and how can we examine the shift from a leadership perspective? In this episode we'll dive into the way an individual's leadership brand can impact their influence, and how leading change and transformation requires direction, alignment, and commitment. We apply what we know about change to what we see happening with Facebook's transformation and how we can lead with that in mind.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, What Colin Powell Can Teach Us About the Importance of Humility and Growth
November 19, 2021
Lead With That: What Colin Powell Can Teach Us About the Importance of Humility and Growth
In October, US General and Statesmen, Colin Powell died due to complications associated with COVID-19. Among his many accolades, he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–93) and Secretary of State (2001–05), the first African American to hold either position. With so much accomplishment and with such proximity to the highest levels of leadership in the world, we'll talk about how Colin Powell's humility and insistence on transforming experiences into growth opportunities contributed to much of his success and appeal as a leader, and how we can lead with that in mind.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, Lead With That: What Social Media Can Teach Us About Recognizing Bias in the Workplace
October 8, 2021
Lead With That: What Social Media Can Teach Us About Recognizing Bias in the Workplace
Due in large part to the coverage on social media, most of us likely know the name of Gabby Petito. Both mainstream media and amateurs on social media have committed hour upon hour raising awareness of her case. But for many, this story only highlights what's not covered so compulsively by the media: The disappearance and death of thousands upon thousands of women of color. Today, we want to explore what can be learned from the media coverage of Gabby Petito, how bias plays a part, and what leaders today can do to lead with that in mind.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, What the Frito-Lay Labor Strike Can Teach Us About the Future of Flexible Work
August 6, 2021
Lead With That: What the Frito-Lay Labor Strike Can Teach Us About the Future of Flexible Work
In late July, hundreds of union workers won a big victory over Frito-Lay and so-called suicide shifts. Their 20-day strike in tandem with perceived labor shortages in certain sectors — or a living wage shortage, depending who you ask — suggests changing employee expectations about the future of work. In this episode, we explore how a rise in strikes and a perceived labor shortage do and don’t overlap with an increase in flexible workplaces, and what leaders today can do to lead with that in mind.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, What Naomi Osaka Can Teach Us About How Leaders Can Support and Manage Mental Health
July 9, 2021
Lead With That: What Naomi Osaka Can Teach Us About How Leaders Can Support and Manage Mental Health
In June, 23-year-old Naomi Osaka, the No. 2 ranked tennis player in women’s tennis, withdrew from Wimbledon. This happened in the wake of Osaka withdrawing, in the second round from the French Open in a storm of controversy caused by her decision to skip mandatory post-match news conferences. In this episode we explore how Osaka's acknowledgment of her own anxiety and depression is helping to normalize the conversation around mental health, and what leaders today can do to lead with that.
image with microphone and lead with that podcast episode title, what jacinda ardern can teach us about leading with authenticity, empathy, and transparency
June 7, 2021
Lead With That: What Jacinda Ardern Can Teach Us About Leading with Authenticity, Empathy, and Transparency
When Jacinda Ardern became Prime Minister of New Zealand in 2017 she grabbed international attention for her commitments to national well-being and emphasis on social issues. She was the first leader to have a child while in power since Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 1990, and became the first leader to go on maternity leave while in office, returning to work 6 weeks later. Let's explore Ardern’s leadership characteristics that have landed her on Fortune’s Greatest Leaders list and lead with that.

About the Podcast Hosts

Meet the hosts of our leadership podcast, bringing you fresh insights gleaned from today’s headlines.

Ren Washington

Ren Washington is a Leadership Solutions Partner committed to helping clients address their most challenging and complex issues around organizational change and innovation, equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), executive presence and image, influence, and resilience.

Allison Barr

Allison Barr is a Leadership Solutions Partner with a rich history in international business and public speaking. Allison enjoys supporting clients with their most complex obstacles, from organizational change, to psychological safety, to the nuanced nature of EDI.

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