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®!
My guest today is Simon Bailey. He’s the Managing Director of LSP Leadership and is asking himself, and the leaders with whom he works, about regenerative leadership. He asks: What is society asking of you? What is the opportunity inside of your organization? What are you personally passionate about shifting and repairing? Listen in to this conversation to get inspired and get in action in the ways that are important to you.
My guest in this episode is Gary Danoff, a global leader at Google with a very diverse team and a Coach who works with people from different nationalities around the world. Gary is known for leading across generations with empathy, clear objectives, humor, and humanity – and he’s here to tell us how he does it. Gary always inspires me. I’m glad you’re here to listen in.
Sarah Victory of The Victory Company is an exceptional speaker, author of several books, coach, and consultant. She works with companies that want to double their business in 1 year or less. If you are a leader – at any level – looking to double your impact, you’re in the right place.
If you want practical guidance to retain talent, you’ve come to the right place! My guest today is Mary Lynn Fayoumi, CEO of HR Source. Mary Lynn shares talent retention strategies that you can immediately employ regardless of your team’s or your company’s size and makeup. Glad you’re here. You’ll enjoy listening to: Easy and Accessible Ways to Retain Top Talent!
My guest today has made herself a thought leader in the area of hybrid work. She has been a step ahead of most in the marketplace asking herself the questions for the next phase of work - always with an eye on caring for employees and clients. You'll enjoy hearing from and learning from Gloria Everett, President and CEO of The Mutual RRG.
My guest today is an inspiration. Barbara Best is clear about and focused on her purpose as co-founder of both Cap Strat and Cap Strat Women's Forum. She knows the difference she wants to make with business owners and professional women and fearlessly focuses herself and those around her.
Jim Ryan, the CEO of Flexera, is my guest on this episode. Jim has moved up in his career with intentionality and a great deal of self-awareness. He shares with us what it takes professionally – and personally – to step 100% into that next level of responsibility.
Pia Lee is an expert in the leadership of teams. And work in our world gets done through teams. In this episode, Pia shares with us how teams can take ownership and accelerate their success. Whether you’re a team member or a team leader, you don’t want to miss this one!
In this episode, my guest is Joey Vitale of The Business Growth Advantage. He shares with us universal truths about how to think like the best top-level leaders to achieve growth and extraordinary results.
Sherry Haworth, President at PLICO, asked all employees to try out a hybrid approach. What many learned surprised them, and they are continuing to evolve their approach. Hear their story – and effective hybrid approaches – in this episode.
In this episode, I had the pleasure of discussing the ultimate priorities for leaders – everywhere – to garner guaranteed momentum with Jerry Houston; my business partner and the Founder of the performance improvement and management consulting firm, HPI Solutions.
Erin Lavelle, CFO at WittKieffer, and I discuss powerful authentic leadership and how to show up day-to-day authentically, and what a difference it makes when you do. It was a vulnerable and real conversation. Glad you’re here to benefit from it!
The power has shifted from organizations to people. How do you meet the new expectations employees have? How do you retain your top performers? My guest today is El Lages, Chief People and Culture Officer at Flexera, and we talked about how she and her team are strategically and creatively planning for a flexible work environment, while also not forgetting the basics. I’m glad you’re here to listen in. And, then we’d love to hear from you. Leave a message in the comments about your lessons learned about working virtually or in a hybrid setup.
When I interviewed Traci Campbell for The Courage of a Leader book, I asked her, “How do you get employees to take on the tough stuff?” Her response was immediate, “Educate, support, protect and guide.” We got together on this episode to talk more about exactly how to do so.
My guest today is Larry Durham, and he is a thought leader. He is a visionary in the fields of enterprise learning and talent development. In this episode, Larry and I discuss tactics to stay competitive in our rapidly changing world and we explore how to Intentionally Disrupt Before You Are Disrupted.
Marlene Williamson is an Advisor and Board Director for several technology companies. She has spent her career being a non-technical leader, surrounded by Engineers and technology professionals. She knows what it feels like to have a different perspective. She knows how to encourage others to think differently, be innovative, and take risks.
My guest today is Jim Kaitz, the President and CEO of AFP, the Association of Financial Professionals. In this episode, we don’t talk much about finances! Instead, we talk about culture and talent development. We explore how to foster the desired culture day-to-day and how to continuously develop talent. I’m glad you’re here to benefit from my discussion with Jim.
In this episode, Andy Schwartz – President of AJ Adhesives – and I talk a lot about coaching kids sports. What does that have to do with leadership? Turns out, quite a lot! I think what Andy has to say will give you a new, inspiring perspective on teamwork.
Brent Kedzierski is my guest today and we dug into the How-To of getting more strategic and leading big complex changes. I’m excited to share this episode with you. If you are making plans and leading change in your organization, you’ll get great value from my conversation with Brent.
You already have everything you need to be a bold, courageous leader; to go for it and to achieve the extraordinary results that you most want to achieve. In this episode, I share with you how I know this from my own experience.
Listen in to part of Amy Riley’s most popular keynote to understand how a leadership legacy calls us to play big; keeps us from unknowingly playing the waiting game; and inspires us to be resilient, resourceful, and achieve the extraordinary results we want to achieve.
Todd Hauptli is fond of saying, “Great people aligned around a common vision committed to excellence can achieve amazing results.” That sounds super inspiring, yet how do we do it? That is exactly what we get into in this episode.
In over 2 decades of developing leaders at all levels, I’ve noticed that whenever I have been inspired or impressed by a leader, that leader was demonstrating personal courage. They were doing the internal work in order to be able to create amazing results out in the world. In this episode, I tell you some of those stories of when I was inspired and impressed.
Before we start hearing from my amazing podcast guests, I do want to let you know that there is a trait that all courageous leaders have in common. I have validated this through my decades of work with leaders and the interviews I conducted for The Courage of a Leader book. In this episode, I tell you the trait that all successful leaders achieving extraordinary results have in common.

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