That’s a wrap! Season 1 of A Call to Lead is in the books.

We pulled together a recap episode for you this week, featuring short clips from some of the great moments in the podcast’s first season. We were fortunate to have incredible leaders from across industries, disciplines, and fields share their stories and perspectives on leadership this season – and we wanted to share them with you as we wrap up Season 1 and look ahead to the second season.

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Here are some of the guests and clips featured in this wrap-up episode:

  • Arianna Huffington (founder & CEO of Thrive Global) on how allowing for “brilliant jerks” on your team can create a toxic culture.” (2:10)
  • Gary Vaynerchuk, on how positivity is a strategy – not a delusion. (4:00)
  • Simon Sinek on the responsibility that businesses have to provide their customers and employees with a sense of purpose. (5:50)
  • Walter Isaacson (best-selling author) on one of Steve Jobs’ final insights – and why finding the right team is harder than the actual creation of an innovative product. (7:20)
  • Bianna Golodryga (award-winning TV journalist) on the importance of leaders setting examples within their organization and the impact it has on the rest of the company. (9:45)
  • Bobbi Brown (founder & cosmetics beauty icon) on going for it at any cost. (11:25)
  • Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (CEO of Stubhub) on her hiring strategy – and an operating principle that she calls “operating range.” (11:48)
  • Sir Richard Branson on why effective leaders have to be good listeners. (12:30)
  • Malcolm Gladwell (author, journalist & speaker) on the different kinds of leaders that exist and why it’s important to carefully define your leadership style based on the organization’s culture. (13:30)
  • Dr. Jill Biden (professor and former First Lady of the United States) on why teachers are the best example of lifelong learners – because they’re always open to new ideas and ways of learning. (16:10)
  • Jen Rubio (Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer of Away) on remembering core values and how they should guide everything a company does. (17:10)
  • Laura Dern (actress) on why we need to be willing to be vulnerable – and how it’s time for us to say we’re ready to lead. (19:20)
  • Adam Grant (Wharton Professor, Award-Winning Author, & Psychologist) on how leaders should always be comfortable with feedback – and why power and status shouldn’t change that. (20:25)
  • Karlie Kloss (supermodel & philanthropist) on what drew her to coding and how she’s using Kode with Klossy to inspire young girls in STEAM. (22:45)
  • The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair (former UK Prime Minister) on why people love change in general – but hate it in particular. (24:45)
  • Sylvia Acevedo (CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA) on why your first sale always has to be to yourself. (26:20)
  • Julie Sweet (CEO of Accenture) on the value of staying calm in crises and how it’s the most important thing a leader can do. (26:45)

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