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On Leadership From The Washington Post


On Leadership is a weekly interview program hosted by The Washington Post's Lillian Cunningham. We talk to influential figures in business, politics, science and the arts about how they got where they are, what traits and experiences have most shaped their character, and what leadership means to them.


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On Leadership is a weekly interview program hosted by The Washington Post's Lillian Cunningham. We talk to influential figures in business, politics, science and the arts about how they got where they are, what traits and experiences have most shaped their character, and what leadership means to them.




Podcast: Brene Brown on getting past setbacks

LISTEN: A conversation withBrené Brown This week our podcast is withBrené Brown, the popular TED speaker and authorwho studies emotions like courage, shame and vulnerability. Her newest book isRising Strong, which explores how we get ourselves past falls and setbacks to emerge stronger on the other side. In this podcast, she shares advice on how […]


Podcast: Amy Wilkinson on what makes a successful entrepreneur

LISTEN: A conversation with author Amy Wilkinson http://podcast.posttv.com/washpost-production/54f4a39be4b0c81ab4fbc204/20150814/55ce5d38e4b003b2edfb6217/55ce5d3ee4b0002db6c8d2ba_1351620000001-300030_t_1439587657067_44100_160_2.mp3 This week our podcast is with Amy Wilkinson, the author of "The Creator's Code" and a lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. She interviewed 200 of the country's leading entrepreneurs to figure out what skills the most successful ones share, and we...


Podcast: Stanley McChrystal on leadership

LISTEN:A conversation with Gen. Stanley McChrystal This week our podcast is with Stanley McChrystal, the retired Army general who led U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan before his resignation in 2010. In this conversation, McChrystal, who now leads a consulting firm called the McChrystal Group and recently published the bookTeam of Teams,talksabout whatthe militarycould […]


Podcast: Productivity guru David Allen

LISTEN:A conversation withproductivity guru David Allen This week our podcast is with David Allen, author of the classic productivity guideGetting Things Done.In this conversation, Allentalks with The Washington Post's Jena McGregor about his advice for organizing and executing all the to-do items swirling around in your head (and your inbox). You can subscribe to […]


Podcast: The New Yorker’s Susan Orlean on leadership

LISTEN:A conversation withNew Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean This week our podcast is with Susan Orlean, a writer at The New Yorker magazine and an author of several nonfiction books, including The Orchid Thief andRin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend.(Orlean is also the co-host of a podcast called "Crybabies," which explores the […]


Podcast: Barney Frank on leadership

LISTEN:A conversation withformer congressman Barney Frank This week our podcast is with Barney Frank, a former Democratic congressman from Massachusetts who served in the House for roughly three decades. He played a strong role in shaping the government's role to the financial crisis, and was also the first U.S. representative to voluntarily come out […]


Podcast: Ballerina Misty Copeland on leadership

LISTEN:A conversation with ballerina Misty Copeland This week our podcast is with dancer Misty Copeland, a soloist with American Ballet Theatre. She’s the first African American woman in two decades to reach that level with the company. On Thursday night, she broke one ofballet's barrierswith her American debut in the lead role of Odette/OdileinSwan […]


Podcast: Gretchen Rubin on leadership

LISTEN:A conversation with author Gretchen Rubin This week our podcast conversation iswith Gretchen Rubin, author ofThe Happiness Project. Her new book, Better Than Before, builds off her previous research on happiness and dives into the habits that underpin it. In this episode,we talk with Rubin about developing—and maintaining—good habits, particularly when it comes to […]


Podcast: Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert on leadership

LISTEN:A conversation with Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert This week our podcast conversation iswith Cathy Engelbert, the new U.S. chief executiveof Deloitte. Her tenureofficially began this past week, makingher the first woman to lead any of the country's major professional services firms. In this episode, Engelberttalks aboutwhat factors helped her move up the career ladder […]


Podcast: Chad Dickerson on leadership

LISTEN:A conversation withEtsy CEO Chad Dickerson This week our podcast conversation iswith Chad Dickerson, the chief executive of Etsy, an online marketplace where people can sell unique handcrafted goods. Last year, Etsy sellers did roughly $1.5 billion in sales; and this Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that Etsy is planning a public offering for as early […]


Podcast: Jim Moffatt on leadership

LISTEN:A conversation with Deloitte Consulting's Jim Moffatt This week our podcast features Jim Moffatt, the chairman and chief executive of Deloitte Consulting.In this conversation, Moffatttalks about the evolution of his 27-year careerat Deloitte, what he's learned are the most and least effective CEO traits, and the best career advice he ever received. You can […]


Podcast: Christian Rudder on leadership

LISTEN:A conversation withOKCupid president and co-founder Christian Rudder This week our podcast iswith Christian Rudder, co-founder and current president of the online dating site OKCupid. In this conversation, Rudderspeaks about the most interesting findings inhis book, Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One's Looking,as well astrends in the online dating industry — […]


Podcast: Francis Collins on leadership

LISTEN:A conversation withFrancis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health This week our podcast iswith Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He previously led the Human Genome Project, and he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007. In this conversation, Collinsspeaks about the unique challenge of leading scientists, […]


Podcast: Atul Gawande on leadership

LISTEN:A conversation with public health expert Atul Gawande This week we talk with Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a staff writer at the New Yorker. In this podcast conversation, Gawande speaks about his new book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.He also talks about Ebola, the […]


Podcast: Peter Thiel on leadership

LISTEN:A conversation withentrepreneur Peter Thiel This week we talk with Peter Thiel, the entrepreneur and venture capitalist who just published a bookcalledZero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future. In this podcast conversation, Thielshares stories of the lessons he learned as CEO of PayPal, how to prevent conflict among […]


Podcast: Billy Collins on leadership

LISTEN:A conversation withpoet Billy Collins This week we talk withBilly Collins, the former U.S. poet laureate, whose most recent poetry collection is Aimless Love. In this podcast conversation, Collinsshares stories of what poetry means to him, how his parents shaped his character and why a certain subway ride is lodged in his memory.He also […]


Podcast: Richard Branson on leadership

LISTEN:A conversation with Richard Branson,founder of Virgin Group This week we talk with Richard Branson, the British entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Group, who recently published a leadership guide calledThe Virgin Way. In this podcast conversation, Bransonshares stories of how his dyslexia and shyness growing up translated into some unexpected advantages for him later […]


Podcast: Richard Hytner on leadership

LISTEN: A conversation with Richard Hytner, deputy chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi This week we talk with Richard Hytner, the deputy chairman of global advertising firm Saatchi & Saatchi and author of Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows. In this conversation, Hytner talks about his ownresignation fromthe CEO role at Saatchi & Saatchi, and how […]


Podcast: David Sedaris on leadership

LISTEN:A conversation with humorist and author David Sedaris Welcome to our newOn Leadershippodcast! This week we talk with David Sedaris, the author of several humor collections including Me Talk Pretty One Day and, most recently, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls. In this conversation, Sedaris shares his thoughts on writing, thequalities that make for a […]


Podcast: Christine Lagarde on leadership

Welcome to the first installment of our On Leadership podcast, where we interview the managing director of the International Monetary Fund.