Great Leadership With Jacob Morgan

Ever been told leaders should never apologize or show emotion? Or perhaps that they must always be the smartest in the room? Well, it’s time to challenge these norms. In today’s Leadership Spark, I’m dissecting the seven outdated leadership stereotypes that might be silently sabotaging your career. You’ll discover why saying sorry could be your leadership superpower, the benefits of showing your human side at work, and how stepping back can push your team forward. We’ll explore why embracing vulnerability and admitting mistakes can actually strengthen your leadership and enhance your team’s trust and performance.

 

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Direct download: leadership_stereotypes.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:01am PDT

Chess Grandmasters are like master strategists, meticulously planning every move. In this episode, Maurice Ashley, the first African-American Chess Grandmaster, shares how the principles of elite-level chess can transform your business and leadership strategies. Learn how to cultivate the mental endurance and focus necessary for success, and why embracing the mindset of an “advanced beginner” can lead to continuous improvement. Maurice also discusses the dangers of overconfidence, the importance of humility, and how strategic risk-taking can pay off. Tune in to uncover the secrets of thinking like a Grandmaster and applying these insights to achieve success in your professional life.

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Direct download: Audio_45min_-_Maurice_Ashley_-_WITH_ADS.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:01am PDT

You’ve been handed an important project at work, but something goes wrong, and now you have to face your boss to explain what happened. This scenario happens too often at work, leaving many wondering how to handle it without damaging their reputation. In this episode, we explore the right way to talk about mistakes at work, a crucial skill for career growth. You will learn how to effectively communicate errors, gain their leader’s respect, and turn mistakes into opportunities for professional development. By understanding the importance of leading with vulnerability and demonstrating accountability, you’ll be better equipped to handle setbacks and advance in your career.

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Direct download: how_to_talk_about_mistakes.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:01am PDT

The pandemic has accelerated the shift from lifelong employment to demands for purpose, safety, and inclusion, creating new challenges for organizations. In this episode, Rachel Cooke, former HR Director at American Express and host of the Modern Mentor podcast, highlights significant workforce trends and evolving employee expectations. She tells personal stories, like her friend who commutes an hour each way only to sit in a phone booth for Zoom calls, illustrating the absurdities of some hybrid work policies. Rachel critiques California’s Assembly Bill 2751, arguing it tackles the wrong issues of burnout and emphasizes the need for genuine DEI practices beyond quotas. She also explores why many leadership development programs fail, pointing to organizational dysfunction and lack of practical application, and shares strategies for creating more effective training. This episode is packed with insights for leaders looking to boost team performance and adapt to modern workforce demands.

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Direct download: Audio_45min_-_Rachel_Cooke_-_WITH_ADS.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Did you know a little fear in leadership can be beneficial? In today’s Leadership Spark, we’ll explore the controversial yet intriguing role of fear in effective leadership. We’ll also talk about the distinctions between healthy and unhealthy fear, how it ensures accountability and helps maintain high performance standards, and practical examples from daily life and notable leaders like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs, whose success may partly involve being slightly feared. This discussion will help you understand how a balanced approach to fear can enhance authority, motivate high-quality work, and drive continuous self-improvement.

 

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Direct download: Fearing_leaders.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:01am PDT

Randy Parker is the CEO of Hyundai Motor America and in today’s episode we go over what it takes to get into a senior leadership role and dispel some of the myths of leadership without sugarcoating! We'll talk about how to get your people to follow you as a leader, the importance of coaching and mentoring as well as hard work and determination, and some key performance indicators (KPIs) that can help leaders evaluate their effectiveness. We will also explore how leaders should be thinking about the future to stay ahead in a rapidly changing world.

 

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Direct download: Audio_45min_-_Randy_Parker_-_WITH_ADS.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:37am PDT

Do you want to know what separates the most successful leaders from the rest? In today’s Leadership Spark, I unpack the secret sauce behind the world’s most successful leaders drawing on my interviews with best-selling authors and distinguished leadership experts. We will explore the top mindsets and skills leaders must have to need to have that mark a truly effective leader, with a peek into how big players at companies like Oracle, Unilever, and MasterCard handle the blend of global mindset, servant leadership, and technology in their roles. After listening to this episode, you’ll learn how to tweak your leadership style and make a bigger impact on your team and organization.

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Direct download: 9_traits_of_leaders.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:01am PDT

Leadership isn’t just about giving orders or having the most persuasive ideas. Fostering an environment where every voice is heard and valued is just as important in their role. Cass Sunstein, Harvard Law School Professor and former senior advisor in the Obama administration, points out why leaders who talk less often lead more effectively. In this engaging episode, Cass shares transformative experiences from the White House, where silent observation led to breakthrough decisions. He explains how leaders can stifle innovation and decision-making by speaking too soon and why embracing a listening-first approach can unlock a team’s full potential. Tune in to learn how stepping back as a leader can propel your team forward and why sometimes, the best action you can take is to simply listen.

 

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Direct download: Audio_45min_-_Cass_Sunstein_-_WITH_ADS.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 4:05am PDT

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