Intentional Leaders Podcast with Cyndi Wentland

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Welcome to the Intentional Leaders Podcast with Cyndi Wentland. Where we’re all about creating confident, successful, and focused leaders who manage with purpose and impact. I’m Cyndi Wentland, the founder of Intentionaleaders. And I’m passionate about learning, teaching, and coaching on all things leadership related. My purpose is to equip leaders like you with the tools, resources, and support to accomplish your goals. To learn when you want, how you want. So, if you’re an aspiring leader, first-time manager, experienced executive, or you just want to make a bigger impact in your role as an individual contributor—this podcast is for you. Because each week we’ll focus on relevant, applicable, and easy to implement skills and practices—to create focus and a deliberate path to employee engagement and business results. I know that leadership has its challenges but learning to lead shouldn’t be one of them.

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Leading with Authenticity (What's so hard about that?!)
Feb 10 2024
Leading with Authenticity (What's so hard about that?!)
Strolling through the corridors of corporate America, I once found myself wearing a mask that didn't quite fit. It was only after peeling back the layers of expected conformity that I discovered the transformative power of authenticity. Join me on a  journey through the heart of genuine leadership, where we examine the delicate balance between professionalism and being your true self. Inspired by Brené Brown's insights on true belonging, our conversation is an invitation to embrace self-acceptance and the courage it takes to present our authentic selves, exploring how this self-honesty can dramatically reduce stress and enhance our effectiveness as leaders.We delve into the intricacies of how the values instilled in us as children, like my own youthful defiance of authority, shape the principles we carry into adulthood and the way we forge connections. During our discussion, you'll witness the unfiltered version of myself that I bring to my leadership training sessions with Intentionaleaders, aiming to inspire a similar level of candor and transparency. We explore the reciprocal nature of authenticity and its fundamental role in cultivating trust and a genuine sense of belonging in relationships, promising a narrative that challenges and inspires you to consistently present your best and most genuine self in every interaction.Be the Best Leader You Know Perform with Power, Lead with Impact, Inspire GrowthTo sharpen your skills and increase your confidence, check out the Confident Leader Course: https://www.intentionaleaders.com/confident-leader
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Karen Knab, Executive Leadership Coach and Conflict Resolution Expert
Jan 21 2024
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Karen Knab, Executive Leadership Coach and Conflict Resolution Expert
Have you ever witnessed a leader transform a conflict into an opportunity for growth? That's exactly the kind of transformation Karen Knab, former marriage and family therapist turned leadership coach, specializes in. Her journey from passive to assertive leadership is inspiring; it's a masterclass for anyone at the helm of a business or team. In our candid conversation, Karen dissects the challenges of progressing in her career and how she gained the necessary tools for effective management and decision-making, providing a mirror for us to examine our own leadership style.It's a common myth that career success and interpersonal skills go hand in hand – but Karen is here to set the record straight. We strip down the nature of conflict to its core, revealing it as a neutral event ripe with potential for positive outcomes if navigated correctly. With Karen's insights, we explore how creating a non-judgmental space for vulnerability leads to stronger client and colleague relationships. This episode redefines conflict resolution, advocating for a shift in perspective towards embracing diverse experiences and responses as a pathway to personal and professional growth.In the realm of leadership, empathy emerges as a non-negotiable trait. Karen and I share in our perspective that it is an essential quality of a human-centric work culture. For those ready to lead with integrity, courage, and empathy, Karen's insights and the resources discussed in this episode offer a beacon of hope and guidance on your leadership journey.Be the Best Leader You Know Perform with Power, Lead with Impact, Inspire GrowthTo sharpen your skills and increase your confidence, check out the Confident Leader Course: https://www.intentionaleaders.com/confident-leader
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Rebekah Sweeney, Senior Director, Policy & Programs
Nov 26 2023
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Rebekah Sweeney, Senior Director, Policy & Programs
Have you ever pondered the qualities of an effective leader and the difference they can make? This episode brings you insights straight from the heart of Rebekah Sweeney, Senior Director of Programs and Policy at the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. Rebekah, with her background in news and politics, unveils her unique leadership journey and shares some indispensable lessons. She discusses the power of problem-solving over arguing, and the lasting influence of working for a mentor that you respect and admire. A crucial part of leadership that often goes unnoticed is the importance of authenticity and purpose. Rebekah shares her personal experiences, underscoring the significance of positivity, transparency, and self-awareness in the workspace. Hear how the joy of serving others and celebrating their victories, can instill a sense of fulfillment and purpose in your career. With a focus on her  intended legacy at the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and in life, we explore the pivotal role of caring and supporting her team and Association members in achieving this vision. This enriching conversation sheds light on working relationships, daily support, and the legacy we craft every day. Prepare to be inspired and empowered!Find Rebekah here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebekah-sweeney-0b485125/And WCMA education: https://www.wischeesemakersassn.org/trainingsBe the Best Leader You Know Perform with Power, Lead with Impact, Inspire GrowthTo sharpen your skills and increase your confidence, check out the Confident Leader Course: https://www.intentionaleaders.com/confident-leader
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Author Jake Bittle, The Great Displacement
Oct 29 2023
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Author Jake Bittle, The Great Displacement
Imagine understanding the complexities of writing about climate change and American migration in a way so clear, it's like you're looking through a freshly cleaned window. That's the experience Jake Biddle, author of The Great Displacement, provides in this enlightening chat. Jake highlights his background, the intersection of climate change and journalism, revealing how his work has been ignited by a motivation to take action on complex topics. We track his two-year journey of research and writing, while discussing the key role humility plays in journalism.Jake unravels the importance of curiosity, humility, and the willingness to meet people where they are. He paints a vivid picture of the mindset of value creation, placing oneself secondary to generate value in the world. It's fascinating to learn how building trust and rapport with strangers is crucial in navigating the journalism landscape. Jake's insights into taking a complicated subject like climate change and making it more comprehensible are truly inspiring.What does it mean to leave a legacy in writing? Jake shares his aspirations for his work's enduring impact and the importance of storytelling. As a freelancer, Jake reveals that it's not all smooth sailing. The pressure of being a freelance writer, the need to stay on mission, and the power of part-time work are all part of the journey. Our dialogue ends with an exciting promise - Jake's return to the podcast upon the release of his next book. This episode is a treasure trove of insights on climate change, journalism, and leadership.Find Jake here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jake-bittle-6a736093/ Purchase: The Great DisplacementBe the Best Leader You Know Perform with Power, Lead with Impact, Inspire GrowthTo sharpen your skills and increase your confidence, check out the Confident Leader Course: https://www.intentionaleaders.com/confident-leader
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Anita Miller, Certified Coach
Oct 1 2023
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Anita Miller, Certified Coach
Ever felt voiceless and choiceless in your career? Wondered how to navigate the complex power dynamics in business? Join me today as I chat with Anita Miller, a certified coach and a role model of confidence and career success. Anita generously shares her inspiring journey, from the corporate world to entrepreneurship, highlighting the critical lessons she learned during her challenging times, particularly the power of asking for help and valuing strong support systems.As we journey through the conversation, Anita and I explore the significance of building a community when transitioning from corporates to startups and how we can reclaim our power and voice.  Our discussion deepens into how our beliefs about power can make us feel voiceless and choiceless, and how we can break those barriers to find our authentic voice, and the confidence to succeed. We further delve into the intricate dynamics of power in business and the role diversity and inclusion play in shaping a more equitable workspace. Anita enlightens us with insightful strategies to navigate these power dynamics, the role thoughts play in shaping our self-beliefs, and how we can cultivate authenticity in our work. We wrap up with a powerful discussion on Anita's journey to success and how she is fostering personal and professional agency in others, through her coaching work. So tune in, and get ready to be inspired, and who knows, you might find a new perspective that could change your career trajectory.Find Anita: https://sisyouareworthy.com/Be the Best Leader You Know Perform with Power, Lead with Impact, Inspire GrowthTo sharpen your skills and increase your confidence, check out the Confident Leader Course: https://www.intentionaleaders.com/confident-leader
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Jim Matheson, CEO NRECA
Sep 17 2023
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Jim Matheson, CEO NRECA
What happens when you sit down with a seasoned leader and let the conversation flow? I found out in a recent chat with Jim Matheson, CEO of NRECA (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association), where he generously shares his insights from years at the helm, and what primarily drives his leadership strategy. This episode is teeming with revelations, particularly around the power of communication in leadership - a refreshing and much-needed perspective amidst the often polarized rhetoric of today's world.He shares the challenges and opportunities that lie within the industry, and how balancing the immediate problems with a clear vision for the future can lead to meaningful conversations, smart decisions, and ultimately, a more secure  future. Adding a whole new layer to the dialogue, Jim emphasized the importance of vulnerability and leveraging the intellectual capabilities of your team - priceless leadership nuggets for us all to consider.When it comes to building a mission-driven culture and fostering employee engagement, Jim's approach is focused. Packed with practical wisdom on managing the dynamics of hybrid work and the invaluable lessons he's learned from influential leaders, including his parents, this conversation is a testament to the power of open mindedness and relentless learning. As we explore the concept of leadership mindsets, it became evident how vital it is to surround yourself with strong individuals, not shy away from asking questions, and consciously strive to learn from their experiences. This episode is more than just a conversation, it's an opportunity to learn from a leader who's making a difference, in an intentional way.Find Jim here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-matheson-660132105/Be the Best Leader You Know Perform with Power, Lead with Impact, Inspire GrowthTo sharpen your skills and increase your confidence, check out the Confident Leader Course: https://www.intentionaleaders.com/confident-leader
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D., Best Selling Author
Aug 3 2023
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D., Best Selling Author
Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D. is a cutting-edge leadership development author, researcher, and consultant. He helps organizations vertically develop their leaders primarily through a focus on mindsets. Ryan is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author of Success Mindsets: The Key to Unlocking Greater Success in Your Life, Work, & Leadership and The Elevated Leader: Leveling Up Your Leadership Through Vertical Development.He is also a leadership professor at the College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton. Website: https://ryangottfredson.com/Personal Mindset Assessment: https://ryangottfredson.com/personal-mindset-assessmentVertical Development Assessment: https://ryangottfredson.com/vertical-development-assessmentThe Elevated Leader: https://ryangottfredson.com/books/the-elevated-leader/Success Mindsets: https://ryangottfredson.com/books/success-mindsets/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RyanGottfredsonPhD/LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryangottfredson/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTe4jL0cla-U_Y4lqjc3-w         Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyanGottfredsonInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryangottfredson/Be the Best Leader You Know Perform with Power, Lead with Impact, Inspire GrowthTo sharpen your skills and increase your confidence, check out the Confident Leader Course: https://www.intentionaleaders.com/confident-leader