IT GIRL RADIO EPISODE #70: Up Your Leadership Game!

What comes to mind when you think of being a leader in your company? What does it mean to be a woman leader in 2018? You’ve created your business but are you really inspiring and leading your team to take your business to the next level? Join me in this episode of It Girl Radio as I talk to Amanda and Kate Leese for some practical steps to up your leadership game! Amanda and Kate Leese are the co-founders of Leese Sisters, as well as the management consultancy company Kinetics Consulting LLC. Three years ago, they both reached a point where they were unsatisfied with their successful careers in the corporate world, which prompted them to start their consulting firm. In that endeavor, they recognized a need in the market among women leaders who were not coming forward for help with the strategic directions of their companies. Thus, Leese Sisters was born to help women become better leaders!

Leadership was my biggest learning curve in 2016 and 2017. It wasn’t an easy journey, but I'm now in a much better space when it comes to leading my team, hiring, and making decisions that may not be popular but are essential to keeping my business moving forward. Amanda and Kate are helping women leaders in their journey and if you want to become a better leader, you’re just 4 steps away from it!

Did you know that there are many different types of leaders? There’s no one right way to be a leader, but it’s definitely the wrong way if you’re not being authentic to yourself! Amanda and Kate share some of their insights into how identifying the type of leader you are and developing confidence around your leadership style are crucial to building a better team. They also share their tips for overcoming some of the ideas of personal responsibility that hold women back from realizing their full potential as leaders.

If you’re struggling to be the leader that your company needs to grow your business, this episode will definitely get you on the right track. So what are you waiting for? Take control, and tune in to this episode to find out how to be a better leader in 2018 and take your business to new heights!

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KEY TAKEAWAYS:

[:20] Jessica introduces her guests for this episode — Amanda and Kate Leese. [1:59] This episode is brought to you by the Offering Challenge! [2:55] What inspired Amanda and Kate to start the Leese Sisters? [4:32] What were Amanda’s and Kate’s backgrounds? They share their experiences in different industries that have given them different, complementary skill sets to be effective co-founders. [10:05] What does it mean to be a woman leader in 2018? [13:51] Do women prefer certain leadership archetypes over others? Kate and Amanda highlight the different types of leaders women can be with some examples. [15:50] Amanda raises an issue many women leaders face — a lack of confidence around their weaknesses. What are some strategies to build up confidence? [20:33] The fourth step to becoming a better leader has to do with building better teams. What are some ways to build a better team? [23:36] What holds women back the most from stepping forward into their leadership roles? [26:24] Jessica, Amanda, and Kate discuss how women often take steps to be a leader but end up doing things on their own when mistakes happen or things don’t work out exactly as planned. [31:12] What is the #1 objection Kate and Amanda get when it comes to women stepping up into leadership positions? [32:15] If you’re interested in learning more about how to become a better leader, do visit the Leese Sisters website for access to their free training!

AMANDA AND KATE'S INSIGHTS SHARED ON THIS EPISODE:

“Oftentimes, what we see is people being business owners, but not truly leading their company.” — Amanda

“There really is no right way to be a leader.” — Kate

“There’s no right way to be a leader, but there is a wrong way to be a leader. And that’s anything that’s not authentic to you.” — Kate

“The thing is, you don’t have to be all things to all people.” — Amanda

“We all have the ability to shape ourselves into a leader, regardless of where we are right now.” — Amanda

“Confidence is a muscle we have to build over time.” — Amanda

“There are really experts in absolutely everything and you can find someone to help you with exactly what you need help with.” — Kate

“If you are actually stepping into that role where you have complete control and responsibility for all areas of your company; but that doesn’t mean you have to do it yourself.” — Kate

SHOW NOTES

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