The Leader’s Podcast with Maxie Carpenter
Can You Lead Yourself First?

Can You Lead Yourself First?

March 1, 2021

I've said before that it's difficult to understand others when you can't understand yourself. Following that logic, it makes sense that you can't lead others unless you can first lead yourself. 

Does Everyone Understand?

Does Everyone Understand?

February 22, 2021

There's a reason communication is the number one dysfunction recognized in any survey of any individual or organization struggling to accomplish their objectives. Understanding the Why is more important than the How.

A Leader’s Worst Offense is Communication Withheld

A Leader’s Worst Offense is Communication Withheld

February 15, 2021

More and more, those with positions of authority and power are withholding selective communication from their people in order to maintain control of the environment and the narrative. When Leaders don't communicate, they should stop wondering why no one trusts them. 

Leaders, the Workplace is Evolving. Are you?

Leaders, the Workplace is Evolving. Are you?

February 8, 2021

The workplace has changed forever. The days of the charismatic, 'hero' type leader are over. Leaders in a Post COVID environment must evolve into thought leaders, willing to allocate time to people and activities that will impact them personally and professionally.

Are Servant Leaders Endangered?

Are Servant Leaders Endangered?

February 1, 2021

I talk with more and more current and aspiring leaders weekly, struggling to realize their capacity because of too many of their direct reports operating in command and control mode because of COVID. Operating in crisis never helps anyone survive the crisis, especially when Servant Leadership is subordinated. 

Leadership Shouldn’t Be About Self

Leadership Shouldn’t Be About Self

January 25, 2021

Unfortunately, we're not seeing much of that kind of leadership today, are we? It's disappointing to see so many leaders focusing on outcomes more than people, which is what happens when you're leading in crisis. 

How Not to Take Advantage

How Not to Take Advantage

January 18, 2021

Taking advantage of opportunities is one thing. Taking advantage of people is quite another. 

We Need Servant Leaders Now More Than Ever

We Need Servant Leaders Now More Than Ever

January 11, 2021

My greatest fear is that the dictatorial and autocratic leadership style now in charge will ripple downhill to the rest of the country. Instead of self-serving leaders who  marginalize, neutralize and muzzle potential leaders and their capacity, we need more servant leaders who encourage, lift up and serve those under their influence.

Knowing One’s Self is the Beginning of Wisdom: Aristotle, 350 BC

Knowing One’s Self is the Beginning of Wisdom: Aristotle, 350 BC

January 4, 2021

I've said often that one size fits all leadership fits no one. Now, more than ever, with the Political turmoil and the influence of COVID, knowing your people is more critical than ever. To do that, you have to know yourself first. 

What We Want from Our Leaders Hasn’t Changed

What We Want from Our Leaders Hasn’t Changed

December 28, 2020

At the end of every year, the first question my mentor, Sam Walton, would ask the entire leadership group was What can we give back to the Associates next year? He never stopped talking about what we could do to appreciate them and make them feel valued. I can't remember the last time anyone asked me a similar question, but I can tell you about the last few times I've been asked how operational processes could be improved. 

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