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Intentional Leaders Podcast with Cyndi Wentland

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?!)
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
14:52 2/10/24
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
41:33 1/21/24
Overcoming the Dunning-Kruger Effect: Enhancing Leadership through Self-Awareness and Embracing Feedback
What if I told you that you're not as competent as you think you are? Sounds provocative, right? But that's what the Dunning-Kruger effect is all about - overestimating our own abilities while underestimating those of others. This cognitive bias can blind us to our limitations, skew decision-making processes, and make us less receptive to feedback. As leaders, it's imperative to recognize and mitigate this bias. We'll discuss examples demonstrating how Dunning-Kruger effects leadership and explore the importance of self-awareness in counteracting it.Now, let's switch gears. Imagine if you could enhance your leadership qualities simply by being open to feedback. We're talking about intellectual and emotional humility, folks! An open mind can counter the Dunning-Kruger effect and propel your personal and professional growth. We'll explore how embracing feedback can transform you into a more effective leader. So, ready your mind for a healthy dose of self-reflection and the possibility of learning from others. After all, we're all on this journey to become better versions of ourselves. Let's navigate it together!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
15:00 12/10/23
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
37:33 11/26/23
The Future of Leadership: Lessons from a Charcuterie Board
Can leadership evolution be compared to assembling a charcuterie board? Surprisingly, yes! Join me as we slice into the future of leadership and the crucial shifts needed in a post-pandemic world. My current fascination with charcuterie boards serves as a unique metaphor in our discussion, and we'll unpack how the ingredients of effective leadership are as varied and complex as those on the board. With insights from the book "The Empathy Edge," we delve into the shifts in the workforce and what employees are now seeking.We'll explore facilitating leadership with strategic empathy. This isn't about following a recipe, but rather, thoughtfully combining flavors that cater to the dynamics and tastes of your team. So, grab your cheese knife and join us for this  episode. Don't forget to check out our intentional leadership blog for even more robust flavors to enhance your leadership palate.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
13:15 11/12/23
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
33:20 10/29/23
Cultivating Candor
Has it ever crossed your mind that holding back your thoughts could be damaging your personal and professional relationships? Or that your well-intentioned feedback could be doing more harm than good? Join us in our latest podcast episode where we dissect the art of giving feedback, and how it plays a crucial role in our interactions. We venture into the realm of candidness - a quality largely admired and sought after in flourishing individuals and teams. Our discussion highlights the risks of withholding your thoughts and the potentially negative domino effect it can have on our relationships, personal development, and overall growth.But feedback isn't just about speaking your mind, it's about doing it respectfully. We delve into how to master this fine balance. Delving further, we explore the various reactions people have to feedback, providing a fascinating insight into human dynamics. From playing the victim to avoiding confrontation altogether, we dissect the spectrum of reactions and how understanding these responses can enhance our communication skills. So, are you ready to challenge the traditional paradigms of feedback and candor? It's time to cultivate a culture that encourages growth, respect, and openness.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
12:01 10/15/23
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
37:19 10/1/23
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
33:58 9/17/23
Stumbles and Triumphs: The Power of Reflection
Have you ever wanted a peek into the mind of someone on the brink of a major lesson learned? Join me as I take you back to a time of awakening in Fargo, North Dakota. In this candid reflection, I unveil how I turned failure into a learning experience, drawing parallels to a Shakira song about embracing our stumbles. Picture a botched EQ class conclusion that ended on a sour note. Instead of wallowing in regret, I've used it as a stepping stone towards growth and change. Explore how our response to challenges shape our connections with others. I'll also share the moment of clarity that made me see the past in a new light and appreciate my journey, flaws and all. Tune in and learn how to turn your mistakes into your greatest lessons.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
10:55 9/3/23
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Jonathan Woahn
Check out BookClub here: https://www.bookclub.com/Check out more about Jonathan here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanwoahn/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
44:29 8/20/23
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
51:04 8/3/23
Stress Revisited, Just Because
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
14:47 7/23/23
Leadership Lessons an Interview with Kristin Polywacz
Find Kristin here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinpolywacz/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
39:23 7/9/23
Let's explore your thinking about your thinking.
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
15:36 6/18/23
Learning about Learning: Crucial Leadership Insights
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
11:04 5/28/23
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Francois Brunet, CISSP, Ph.D.
Find Francois here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/francois-brunet-2342152/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
41:33 5/14/23
Avoid the fears of public speaking, Part 2
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
13:16 4/30/23
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Allie Brawley
Find Allie here:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/allie-brawley-b6064b1/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
41:46 4/16/23
Why you need to get over your fears of public speaking.
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
15:34 4/2/23
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Adam Marsh, Civil Engineer, P.E.
Find Adam here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-marsh-536304103/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
41:09 3/19/23
How to Coach Lessons Learned: The importance of reflection.
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
11:27 3/6/23
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Laurie Zoerb, Realtor
What leadership characteristics does it take to be a phenomenal success in real estate? Check out this week’s Lessons Learned interview with the multi-talented Laurie Zoerb, as she shares her insights and the impact of her own first home buying experience.  And if you want the best tour ever of Marco Island? She’s your tour guide!Find Laurie here:https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurie-zoerb/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
35:58 2/19/23
What are you running towards?
If you've ever run through O'Hare airport, you know the uneasy feeling. Will you make it or not? But how many of us realize that we're running every day? Where are you going? And how will you know if you've arrived? At the airport, it's an easy answer, in life, not so much. Check out my latest podcast and tell me where are you going?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
08:07 2/5/23
You don't need a title to lead.
Hundreds of times a year, I'm asked how to be a great leader. What's the formula? And big BUMMER, there isn't one. So many scholars studying leadership and no one single theory emerges to follow. I think of leading as a verb. It's something you do, not a formula you follow. And, BTW, no title required. Check out my most recent podcast and examine your role as a leader.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
15:23 1/22/23
Leadership Lessons: An Interview with Wendy Sulzer, Primerica
What does leadership look like? Changing careers? Moving family across the country? Building a home? Surviving a hurricane? Being a passionate learner? What about all of the above? Check out my podcast interview with Wendy Sulzer to be inspired and discover her secrets for balancing it all!Here is a link to Wendy's contact information:https://www.primerica.com/PrimericaRepPreview?rep=wsulzer&ver=I&flag=Y&num=(608)%20778-8591&origin=customInvestBe 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
30:12 1/8/23
Scary dreams. Reflections on the past.
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11:01 12/25/22
Does your team have rituals? It matters.
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
13:39 12/18/22
Who's quiet quitting?
#quietquitting #leadershippodcast#leadershipdevelopment #leadershipcoach #leadershiptraining #leadershipskills #leadershipcoaching #leadershipconference #leadershiptips#LeadershipLessons #leadershipspeaker #leadershipgoals #leadershipprogram #LeadershipMatters #leadershipquote #leadershipteam #leadershipworkshop #LeadershipExpert #leadershipstyle #leadershipbyexample #leadershipqualitiesBe 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
10:29 12/11/22
What are you willing to do 100 times?
#passionatework #purpose #leadershippodcast#leadershipdevelopment #leadershipcoach #leadershiptraining #leadershipskills #leadershipcoaching #leadershipconference #leadershiptips#LeadershipLessons #leadershipspeaker #leadershipgoals #leadershipprogram #LeadershipMatters #leadershipquote #leadershipteam #leadershipworkshop #LeadershipExpert #leadershipstyle #leadershipbyexample #leadershipqualities 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
09:12 12/4/22