employee empowerment

Are You Empowering Your People to Take Flight to Success?

I was thinking about the new Top Gun movie the other day, and the scenes of Maverick’s determination to show his pilots that an ‘impossible’ mission was attainable had me thinking about that concept in leadership. He took a huge risk getting in the trenches to prove to his team that the hard work could … Read more

136: Leaders with Heart Embrace Their Own Leadership Style

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: In this episode, Heather speaks with Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, Commercial Partner at Microsoft about her leadership style, her drive to lead, a time when she was not the most empowering leader, and much more. Top Takeaways: As leaders, we have our own brand of leading. We … Read more

124: Leaders with Heart Find a Way to Be the Solution

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: In this episode, Heather joins listeners in a personal journey during COVID-19, the racial divide, and writing a book. Key takeaways: Be the solution to the problems in our world. Don’t bail out from taking responsibility. You are worthy of your leadership. You are good enough for others … Read more

123: Leaders with Heart are Co-Owners of a Vision with Those They Lead

Subscribe to the Leadership with Heart Podcast: In this episode, Heather speaks with Craig Miller, President of FOCUS or Fellowship of Catholic University Students, about his leadership style, where his drive to lead comes from, his focus on minimizing his ego and much more! Key Takeaways: Don’t focus on serving yourself but serving others. Decide … Read more

80: Leaders With Heart Understand They Are The Caretakers Of Their Employees’ Futures

In this episode, Heather speaks with Rhoda Banks, Head of Talent for Rabo Agrifinance about her unique and caring leadership style, her learnings from the time when she was not the best version of herself, and some jewels and pearls of wisdom we can all learn from. Key takeaways: The ultimate reason for a leader … Read more

73: Leaders With Heart Help Their People Step Into The Best Versions Of Themselves

In this episode, Heather features Garry Ridge, CEO of the WD-40 Company. Garry speaks about his leadership journey: a time when he was not the best leader he could be, what he did to come out of it, and how he transformed a company to greatness by focusing first on people, and maintaining a learning … Read more

32: Leaders With Heart Know That They Must Show Up And Participate

Today on the podcast we have Rich Gassen, supervisor of the University of Wisconsin’s print shop, chair of the CSN network and owner of the Flying Button Design. Rich has been out there, interacting with me on LinkedIn for quite a while and I just see the type of content that he puts out there. I … Read more

What my 14-year old daughter taught me about courageous leadership

  Her story. This last weekend was very busy for my family. It was super exciting to watch my daughter perform in her very first play as a freshman in high school and my son compete in his first competitive Lego robotic event. I was humbled and excited to see them live out their dreams … Read more

Employee empowerment: A key ingredient for loyalty. [Video included]

  An Empowerment story. Over the last couple of weeks, I had a lot of plumbing problems in my home. I noticed that I had a tiny hole in one of my pipes in my basement. It was leaking water for some time without my knowing. I asked a friend for a referral to a … Read more


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