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24: Leaders With Heart Strive To Serve First

In this podcast episode, podcast host, Heather R. Younger, J.D., speaks with Heather Heebner, former SVP of HR at Instawares Holding Company about leadership from the unique lens of a human resources executive. Heather shares her perspective on “happy employees”, and, instead, focuses on creating an environment that makes people proud to work there and do the work that they do. Heather opens up about an early learning experience with differing communication styles and how she had an...


23: Leaders With Heart Understand, To Catch Fish You Must Cast Among Them

On today's HR podcast, Heather R. Younger, podcast host, speaks with Eric Jacobsen, SVP of Operations for Extraction Oil in Gas, a publicly traded oil and gas company our of Colorado. Heather speaks to Eric about why he chooses to lead, a time when he was not proud of himself as a leader and how he changed that at about the many ways he connects with his team. They also talked about maintaining the proper focus on what is important as a leader and some key ways to reach across the table...


22: Leaders With Heart Deal With Their Imperfections And Make Them Better

In the podcast episode, Heather R. Younger, podcast host, speaks with Tammy Taylor, about her leadership journey, her style and a little about how she was not always the best leader she could be. Like many leaders, Tammy shares how, at one point, she let her ego get the best of her, but put that aside to become a better listener. Tammy outlines her communication strategy she uses while overseeing a 1300-person organization. She talks about the importance of celebrating successes and being...


21: Leaders with Heart give themselves the grace of imperfection

On this episode, Podcast host, Heather Younger, speaks with Christinne Johnson. President of HR at First Bank. Christinne shares a lot about her leadership style, what drives her to be a leader, and when she was not the greatest leader. Parting messages? Leadership is a journey filled with detours. Try to have self-awareness and reaction to a situation happen closely together not way after the fact and show yourself grace just as you might show others grace to make mistakes and then get...


20: Leaders with heart fill their calendar with relationship-building not tasks

On this podcast episode, Heather speaks with Megan Wick, Executive Director of Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority. Megan illuminates for listeners that emotional intelligence can be learned and it is an evolving skills. Megan highlights for listeners the importance of self-management when it comes to our emotions. Megan shares stories of times when she was not the Leader with Heart she is today, and that it is a journey to better leadership. She didn’t just arrive, but is growing...


19: Leaders with Heart Take a Holistic Approach in Building Relationships With Their Employees

In this podcast episode of Leadership with Heart, Heather speaks with Dirk Frese, Director of Sales and Marketing for Julabo and co-founder of WISDOM. Dirk shares with listeners a powerful north star for why and how he leads others. Dirk says it all starts with love. We need to love our people, our customers, our products and services and all else will follow. Having said that, Dirk makes it quite clear that leaders cannot be soft and must have tough conversation that are not driven by...


18: Leaders With Heart Show Sincere Interest In And Appreciation For The Crafts Of Their People

In this podcast episode podcast host, Heather R. Younger, speaks with Aaron Skogen, General Manager of Aquatix. Aaron admits that his leadership style has evolved over time, but his leadership signature came from a surprising place. Aaron shares with listeners a leadership failure on his part some years back that continued to shape him and teach him value lessons. He credits clear and consistent communication with much of his success. The most compelling part of Aaron’s leadership style...


17: Leaders With Heart Discern When Total Transparency Is Warranted And Then Exhibit it

On this episode podcast host, Heather R. Younger, speaks with Jim Reuter, CEO of First Bank. Jim is deeply driven by the impact he has on others and the legacy he will leave behind Jim shares some great insights about why he rarely leans on his title when interacting with people. Not surprisingly, Jim describes his leadership style as heart-led, vulnerable, authentic and bottom-up collaborative. He focused on walking a different path every day in order to connect with the people he...


16: Leaders with Heart Know That They Have an Obligation to Grow the People They Lead

In this episode podcast host, Heather R. Younger, speaks with Tim Hinchey III, President & CEO of US Swimming about his role as a leader of this national organization. Tim recounts for Heather the roots of his leadership and that his father formed in all things leadership. He believes that work ethic, discipline and not cutting corners are key tenets of effective leadership. When asked how he connects with his team and the people who work for the organization, Tim chuckled about the fact...


15: Leaders with Heart Make Their People Feel Safe by Allowing Their Voices To Be Heard

In this podcast episode podcast host, Heather R. Younger, speaks with Mark Nagel, Senior Manager of People at Southwest Airlines about his leadership style, how he connects with his team in a deeper way and the drivers for his current leadership. Mark openly shares a time when he was not the great leader he is today in a way that reveals why he is a leader with heart. He shares his 80/20 rule for getting the most out front line team members. Mark assumes greatness is all around and works...


14: Leaders with Heart Don’t Take Their Own Leadership For Granted

On this episode, podcast host, Heather R Younger, dives into a powerful set of discussions with Kristi Turner, CMO of Compeat. They discuss the importance of diversity at the executive leadership table, the role that upbringing can play in defining a leadership style and gift of being a leader. One the key discussion circled around the idea of organizations setting standards of ethics and values while, at the same time, allowing for individuality to show through. Kristi evangelized the...


13: Leaders with Heart Know Themselves First

On the podcast call, Heather R Younger, podcast host, speaks with Trent Selbrede about his leadership journey. He reveals to listeners that he struggled to be the best leader he could be, because he was often unhappy and didn’t know why. He highlights that his discovery of self-awareness was the winning piece he was missing. He share a very touching way to connect with team members. Listen on.


12: Leaders with Heart Build a Team Before They Need One

On this podcast episode, Heather speaks with Scott McCarthy about his journey as a leader in the Canadian Army. Scott reveals that his motivation for leading his people is really making the lives of his people better. He uses delegation and empowerment as his hallmarks. Scott shares some great stories. Some that are when he was not the most outstanding leader. Some when he found ways to connect with his team even under stressful circumstances. As he said, “Build a team before the crap hits...


11: Leaders with Heart Work Hard Not to Harden Their Hearts

In this podcast episode, Heather R. Younger, podcast host, speaks with Nate Iglienski about an emotional event that changed the way that he leads both his family and his team members. He provides some great practical things he did to turn his team around after being told that they were not a team. Nate points out that often when something is not right with the team, the leader needs to look inward and work on them. He defines much of his leadership style as empathetic, flexible and...


10: Leaders with Heart See the Potential in Their People And Allow Them To Flourish

In this podcast episode, podcast host, Heather R. Younger, speaks with Rob Pepper, Marketing and Business Strategy Leader at iStratus, LLC. Rob shares his fundamental leadership style. For Rob, his success strategy is surrounding himself with talented individuals and then letting them do what he hired them to do. His favorite saying, “Get comfortable being uncomfortable” is how he pushed his team to see more in themselves and to challenge themselves to expand their potential. Rob prides...


9: Leaders with Heart Know That They Must Connect With Their People Consistently To Be Trusted

In this podcast episode, Heather speaks with Tom Dietzler, Director of Operations at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Tom highlights the importance of walking around daily to connect with his people and just talk to them. He reiterates the importance of consistent communication with his people. He says that if leaders don’t communicate, someone will fill that vacuum with rumors, or worse. His main focus is to empower people and to make them feel important and he tells a story of when he was not...


8: Leaders with Heart Are Servant Leaders Who Look At Their Role As A Vocation

In this podcast episode, Heather speaks with Rich Todd, Founder and CEO of Innovest. Rich tells a great story of the journey he took to the more humble, other’s focused leader he is today. The road was not a straight one. He is an innovative leader who uses 360 reviews to determine bonuses for his staff of 50. Social responsibility plays a huge role in his firm’s strategy to create a positive culture and feed it. Rich details the tactics behind his culture strategy that will leave...


7: Why Leaders With Heart Provide Safe Spaces For Their People

Sarah Bierenbaum is a leader who provides a space for her people to fail. She relays that she is an evolving leader and admits that she is a work in progress. She aspires to be more actively listen to her team members. She works hard to be in alignment with this more evolved leadership style. Sarah is the perfect example of a leader with heart, because she is emotionally self-aware of how her actions affect those around her and bring a potential conflict to the forefront to improve...


6: Why Leaders with Heart Know That They Cannot Do it Alone

When you want to accelerate your growth as a leader and scale to a larger role, Jennifer Butler tells us that we must set clear expectations with our team, be transparent about how we need help and lead with the heart. She cautions us not to let go of the deep connections we have with our team members and to lead with a sense of self. In short, be a leader with emotional intelligence. Jennifer recalls a couple powerful stories when she was not the best leader she could be and how she...


5: Leaders With Heart Know That They Must Meet Their People Where They Are

Podcast host, Heather R. Younger, J.D., speaks with Andrew McDonald, principal at a Colorado school, about what it takes to connect with each person and listen actively. Description: In this episode, Heather speaks to Andrew about the unique challenges he faces as a school principal around leadership. He relays that he has multiple customers to include students and teachers. He demonstrates social intelligence in showing a deep compassion for his people and wields substantial influence,...