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The Tim Ferriss Show Podcast

Tim Ferriss’s podcast isn’t exactly about leadership, but it is about delivering the best performance that you can through learning and developing yourself and others. So it has a lot in common with leadership. What the Tim Ferriss Show won’t give you is a set of podcasts you can use as the basis of a…

The Captain Class, recommended by Paul Nanson

The Captain Class

The Captain Class: The Hidden Force Behind the World’s Greatest Teams  On a chilly Wednesday in 1953 a buoyant England played a friendly football match at home against an upstart team from communist Eastern Europe. Although unbeaten for twenty-three matches, the Hungarians had only played matches against relatively weak competition. Smaller, less professional and from…

David Marquet. Intent Based Leadership

David Marquet. Intent Based Leadership. Hear (but don’t see) David Marquet, former submarine Captain and author of ‘Turn the Ship Around‘ explain how he used mission command and genuine empowerment (he calls it ‘intent based leadership’) to turn around the way his submarine worked. David was posted to a submarine of a different type to…

TED Leadership Playlist

This TED Leadership playlist brings together 12 episodes on the subject of leadership and motivation. As well as the other TED talks already posted here, there are talks on tribal leadership, trial and error and how to lead like the great conductors. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action Fields Wicker-Miurin: Learning from leadership’s missing manual Itay…

NPR Disruptive Leadership Podcast

The NPR TED Radio Hour brings together some of the best TED talks as a podcast, but then also interviews the presenters as well, allowing them to delve deeper into what they said. This 50-minute episode is about Disruptive Leadership or, as Seth Godin describes it, leadership that makes things better for followers. It brings…

Leaders Huddle Podcasts

The Leaders Huddle podcast is provided by the US Army’s snappily-titled Center for the Advancement of Leader Development and Organisational Learning. Unsurprisingly, it goes it its short name, CALDOL. Its target audience is platoon to company commanders – so the ranks of Lt to Capt in the US Army, but Lt to Maj in the UK…

Tony Robbins and Gen McChrystal Podcast

Becoming an Extraordinary Leader Tony Robbins’ podcast is full of motivational and inspirational advice from this gravely-voiced life coach. Not all of his podcasts are about leadership, or indeed worth listening to. In this episode Tony interviews Gen Stanley McChyrstal and Chris Fussell, authors of Team of Teams, about modern military and business leadership. The…