Whether you’re sipping your morning latte or gearing up for an afternoon stroll, podcasts serve as a great source of educational and portable entertainment.
The on-the-go format of a podcast works very well for busy leaders, and is a great opportunity to inject personal and professional development into your day.
Although there are many podcast categories that are quickly gaining popularity (we’re looking at you, true crime), leadership podcasts remain an in-demand topic in the educational genre.
Leadership podcasts allow you to:
- Discover valuable knowledge and experiences from leaders in your industry
- Increase your leadership skills—without taking away from your daily routine
- Actively participate in continued growth and self-development
If your podcast library is in need of a little ‘TLC’, we’ve got you covered!
Here are 10 podcasts that every leader, no matter the industry, should have in their listening queue.
1. How I Built This - Guy Raz
Imagine a combination of thoughtful entrepreneurship lessons wrapped in business wisdom.
This knowledge-packed podcast dives into the stories behind some of the world's best-known companies—and the movements they built.
Guy Raz is the founder and CEO of Built-It Productions, and an award-winning podcast host. He has interviewed over 200 highly successful entrepreneurs, innovators, and idealists to uncover their most impactful business stories.
If you’re a leader who is fascinated by the journey to CEO, this podcast deserves a front-row seat to your headphones.
2. Deep Questions - Cal Newport
It’s your turn to drive the conversation!
Although he occasionally features a guest host, Cal revolutionizes the podcasting scene by connecting directly with his listeners.
Tune into this podcast for digestible life advice and learn how technology impacts our efforts to live more meaningful, productive lives.
3. Masters of Scale - Reid Hoffman
From startups to global brands, this podcast houses the best startup advice out there.
Reid Hoffman is an investor and Co-Founder of LinkedIn who gives his listeners an inside look at how companies grow and scale at large. By testing his theories with legendary leaders, he connects the dots between new entrepreneurial strategies and long-lived best practices.
The podcast features a wide range of topics, including customer relationships, leadership, workplace culture, business strategies, and many more.
Get ready to feel motivated as you dive into the secrets of indispensable growth!
4. Radical Candor - Kim Scott, Jason Rosoff, and Amy Sandler
We’re spilling all the knowledge on finding that leadership sweet spot!
Host Amy Sandler challenges the status quo by teaching leaders how to practice the principles of Radical Candor. This management philosophy is based on balancing empathy with direction to create a culture of feedback, empowerment, and cohesiveness.
Dive into actionable tips to help your team do their best work with empathic, specific, and sincere leadership.
5. The Broad Experience — Ashley Milne-Tyte
Need a quick boost of inspiration in your day?
This podcast features short, 25-minute episodes that spark candid conversations about professional careers and success in the workplace. Hosted by journalist Ashley Milne-Tyte, “The Broad Experience” tackles some of the biggest issues facing women in business, work, and leadership.
Through intelligent conversation, personal stories, and new ideas, every episode will leave you feeling enlightened and heard.
6. The LEADx Leadership Show — Kevin Kruse
Welcome to the wholehearted leadership podcast of your dreams.
This show features podcast host Kevin Kruse, who interviews top leadership experts and business executives to help you accelerate your career.
Packed with relevant and thought-provoking content, this podcast shines a light on what it truly means to be a leader in the world of business.
If you’re ready to experience a huge mindset shift that will help you reach your full potential, you’re in the right place.
7. At The Table — Patrick Lencioni
Bring the leadership conference experience right to your kitchen table!
Patrick Lencioni is one of the most notable experts in leadership and business. With his simplistic and approachable style, Patrick provides valuable insights into every work-related situation.
He brings industry experts together with actionable advice about culture, teamwork, and everything in between.
Grab your lunch, pause your Slack notifications, and enjoy real conversations for everyday leaders just like you.
8. Hacking Your Leadership — Chris Stark and Lorenzo Flores
Find out how to be a leader who people never want to leave.
With four decades of combined leadership experience between these hosts, there is no shortage of content value here.
This podcast is a speed dial must-have for every leader who wants to build a stronger culture and retain the best talent in the industry.
9. Dose of Leadership — Richard Rierson
Hear from business leaders, entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, military heroes… and more!
With over 30 years of leadership experience as a U.S. Marine Corps Officer, Richard Rierson is passionate about showcasing the belief that we will only be as successful as our ability to lead effectively.
This podcast is the ultimate leadership resource of inspiring, educational, and motivating interviews with real-world leaders.
No matter what your current leadership position looks like, this podcast will motivate you to become a confident and courageous leader in every aspect of your life.
10. Teamistry — Gabriela Cowperthwaite
We couldn’t wrap up this list without including Atlassian’s very own leadership archives!
Hosted by award-winning documentary and feature film director, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, “Teamistry” unveils the incredible behind-the-scenes stories of teams who joined together to achieve amazing human triumphs.
This award-winning podcast is created by storytellers and made to inspire leaders and workers alike. With every episode, you will discover the chemistry that exists between groups of people who team up to achieve more than they ever thought possible.
Tune in to challenge convention, examine your practices, and be dared to achieve better outcomes with your team.
Podcast Your Way To Leadership Greatness
Whether you’re already deep into your journey of authentic leadership, or just getting started, podcasts are a must-have in your daily hustle.
Not only are you able to listen at your own pace and on your own time, but you also have millions of brilliant minds ready to share their wisdom at your fingertips.
If you’re ready to fire up the buzz of your leadership spirit, head over to your favorite podcasting platform and simply press play.
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