The Courage of a Leader Podcast is where top leaders tell real stories about achieving extraordinary results and share practical advice and techniques you can immediately apply for your own success. This is where you will get inspired and take bold, courageous action.
Guests on The Courage of a Leader® are powerful, successful leaders who are passionate about authentic, engaging, difference-making leadership. Amy gets beyond the theory and dives deep with her guests about how things really work, so you walk away with tangible ideas to grow your influence, inspire your team, and get extraordinary results.
The podcast launched on February 22, 2022, and reached the top 75 in the US, UK, Australia, Denmark, Philippines and The Netherlands within 3 days. That’s exciting and enables us to reach more leaders.
Join us to step into the full power of your leadership and achieve what you care about most. Here’s where you’ll ignite The Courage of a Leader®!
How can you be a leader who truly makes a difference with your team? It takes intentionality and generosity, and Judy Hoberman tells us how in this episode: The Generous Leader: How to Engage, Empower and Build More Success in Your Team. Judy is an award-winning international speaker, best-selling author, trainer and leading authority on […]
My guest today on The Courage of a Leader podcast is Michael Gardon. Mike is a 3-time entrepreneur and creator of the Break Community on, and he provides a different and non-mainstream view on how to proceed when faced with uncertainty. He’ll get you thinking and you’ll feel more grounded when the path forward […]
It’s Powerful Collaboration for Extraordinary Results week!  My guest today on The Courage of a Leader podcast is Valerie Mrak. We delved into 5 principles to bridge any communication divide, including generational gaps, functional silos, and conflicts. With each principle, we highlighted the specific significance in creating productive partnerships and transforming exhausted relationships. Valerie is […]
Powerful Collaboration for Extraordinary Results week continues! We know that we can have virtual meetings and work remotely. Yet, are we doing so effectively? What’s most important to consider when we’re leading a virtual or hybrid team?  David Coleman, an award-winning speaker, joins us on The Courage of a Leader podcast and outlines practical strategies […]
It’s Powerful Collaboration for Extraordinary Results week! Our lives are complex and fast-moving. Thus, conflict happens, even when everyone has the best of intentions. Want to know how to deal with conflict effectively and proactively? Dan Tocchini III is here to tell us how.  Dan’s a business and social entrepreneur, published author, master trainer, executive […]
My guest today on The Courage of a Leader podcast is Margaret Meuller, we discuss how Executive Club of Chicago navigated through crossroads during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, Margaret, who is vastly experienced at driving growth and impact in business and society and was President of the Executives Club of Chicago through our global pandemic, shares her experience and pragmatic guidance with us. This is not an episode to miss! You’ll get practical and transformational advice to apply when you’re faced with an important personal or professional crossroads decision.
My guest today on The Courage of a Leader podcast is Heather Dean. We delved into the importance of fostering creative risk-taking among leaders to address complex problems and seize opportunities in various industries. In this episode, Heather discusses three main leadership approaches represented by different light sources: flashlight, chandelier, and strobe light. This is not an episode to miss!
My guest today is Terry Rich, a successful CEO and president of 25 years, a global speaker, and an author with a fascinating and varied background. Under his leadership he has increased state lottery profits by 50% and has also led a zoo from a $600,000 deficit to profitability. In this episode, Terry talks about how to create an innovative environment. Listen in to hear his engaging stories and advice that you haven’t heard before. This is not an episode to miss!
My guest today on The Courage of a Leader podcast is MJ Reiners. While 70% of all change efforts fail, learn about how your change can be different. In this episode, MJ said that fearing change is a normal human experience, but we can craft our experiences to help people move through it safely. This is not an episode to miss!
My guest today on The Courage of a Leader podcast is Will Busch III. We delved into what makes a good vision, and how a vision should connect with people emotionally while aiming for a greater good. In this episode, Will shares the power of a compelling vision in driving transformation, and the impact it has on employees, businesses and communities. This is not an episode to miss!
Do you like to consider yourself a values-driven leader? Do you wonder how to assess how you’re doing? My guest today on The Courage of a Leader podcast is Raj Echambadi. We delved into how he thinks about and practically demonstrates values that inspire and engage others. Raj is the President of Illinois Institute of Technology and has a principle-driven vision for the institute and he shares with us how he thinks about and practically demonstrates values that inspire and engage others. You’ll enjoy, be impressed and be inspired by what Raj has to say and how he says it. This is not an episode to miss!
My guest today on The Courage of a Leader podcast is Carla Fowler. Carla, with her background in performance science, emphasizes the importance of mindset and actions in navigating uncertainty effectively. In this episode, Carla introduces the concept of running good experiments as a powerful way to embrace uncertainty. Drawing from her scientific background, she highlights the need to balance research and action, emphasizing the importance of learning from both success and failure. This is not an episode to miss!
My guest today on The Courage of a Leader podcast is Larry Keeley. We delved into some thought-provoking concepts and practical steps to fuel innovation. In this episode, Larry addresses the inherent fears associated with innovation, both for young innovators and senior leaders who sponsor it. By establishing well-governed, well-led, and senior executive-sanctioned frameworks for innovation, these fears can be overcome. This is not an episode to miss!
My guest today on The Courage of a Leader podcast is Julie Winkle Giulioni. Julie champions development as a relationship-driven process fueled by meaningful conversations. In this episode, Julie advocates for making development a relationship-driven process through feedback conversations, empowering leaders to create a more meaningful and reciprocal growth experience for both individuals and the organization. This is not an episode to miss!
My guest today on The Courage of a Leader podcast is Nicole Greer. Nicole says, name the challenge you’re facing in your culture, and she will help you solve it. From culture shifting keynotes and workshops, executive coaching or long-term partnerships, her work helps you develop your next leaders. In this episode, Nicole shares with us 2 acronyms for powerful, pragmatic, easy-to-implement strategies for immediate results and more than a handful of valuable resources. This is not an episode to miss!
Katie Zaferes is a 2-time Olympian and 2-time Olympic medalist and the 2019 World Champion in World Triathlon. She’s also a Mom and an all around fantastic human. Katie talks with me openly about how she’s intentionally worked on the mental side of the sport and what it’s like for her to return to competition at the highest level after giving birth and while fulfilling her dream of becoming a Mom. Listen in to be inspired and to transfer the lessons Katie has learned to your own work and life.
Today, on The Courage of a Leader podcast, you can be inspired and impressed by Natasha Miller Williams, a speaker and a writer who brings data and insights together to advance the conversation about inclusion in the workplace. Natasha is finding ways to improve how we all relate to each other, and the opportunities that we can create for everyone. Listen in as she shares her insightful and practical approach for any individual to successfully challenge a system.
Today, on The Courage of a Leader podcast, you can be inspired and impressed by Eric Larson, Tilia Holdings Co-Founder, Co-CEO, and Chairman. Eric’s mission is to transform the effectiveness and efficiencies in the food supply industry, focusing on food safety, nutrition, and wellness, and sustainability. No small task!! Listen in to discover the innovative ways he’s approaching his commitment and take away lessons that can benefit you and all leaders.
My guest on this episode of The Courage of a Leader podcast is Kim-Adele Randall. Kim-Adele is an inspiring people-focused leader, consultant, author, and speaker. In this episode, we discuss how to authentically lead through emotional challenges. We explore the importance of self-awareness, vulnerability, and compassion in leadership. Kim-Adele also shared tips on how to navigate difficult emotions, build trust with your team, and create a supportive workplace culture.
My guest today, Kim Becker, is the owner and operator of the San Diego International Airport, joins us to day to talk about culture at the airport. It’s infiltrating their conversations, their meetings and how they’re thinking about and approaching their work. Kim is very intentional about calling their efforts a process, not a program. They are taking their time with this process, giving their most vital mindsets the focus they deserve and involving all levels of leadership in new ways. Tune in to learn how they’re doing it and the difference it’s making. It’s powerful!
Join me and my guest Phil Gafka, of LEAP Coaching, as we focus on the critical role of enhancing organizational culture for an organization's success. Phil emphasizes the need to define not only what an organization's culture should be but also the behaviors and methods to nurture it. Listen as he provides practical strategies for leaders to initiate culture transformation, including insights on teamwork's core role in shaping culture. He also guides leaders on prioritizing and integrating core values into their decision-making processes. Gain a comprehensive understanding of culture enhancement and the crucial role of leadership in this process through Phil's thought-provoking insights and experiences.
Karin Hurt of Let’s Grow Leaders inspires courage, confidence and innovation. In this episode, she shares her extensive research and proven tactics for having team members speak up and share their best ideas and thinking. This is what creates powerful, innovative, and productive cultures.
Jennie Lopez is the author of the Intentional Unicorn, and she embodies fully the idea of bringing your whole self to work. She shares with us in this episode about why it’s important to bring your authentic self to work, and she gives us real examples about how to do so.
Courtney Wright has made bold business moves throughout her career. In this episode, we discuss how she does it. How does she courageously and continuously take action that leads to impressive business results? You’ll learn that her secret to success is much more about what she believes and thinks, than what she does.

The Courage of a Leader® 4 Pillars

the courage to be authentically you

the courage to say what needs
to be said

the courage to TRUST THE

the courage to be bold and create the extraordinary