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10 Leadership Podcasts You Should Listen To

These leadership and management podcasts will make the perfect addition to your playlist if you want to learn more about becoming a better leader.

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These leadership and management podcasts will make the perfect addition to your playlist if you want to learn more about becoming a better leader.


Sometimes you might not have someone to hold your hand when things are thick, especially if you’re in a leadership role. Of course, a mentor or helpful direct-line supervisor may come in handy with some nuggets of wisdom, but schedules can be an obstacle. This is why it’s good to be proactive when learning on the job. This may include taking some courses, reading books, or listening to relevant podcasts.

We all love a good podcast. It’s like a radio you can pause and listen to later! Plus, you actually get to choose the content you want to listen to, which is great considering there’s a podcast for literally everything under the sun (including the sun, I’m not kidding). Fortunately, there are categories to choose from ranging from health, education, culture, society, crime (my personal favourite), and business. Once you find a podcast you like, all you have to do is press play and learn on the go. 

When you’re a manager it is important to always keep learning. That is what makes you a better leader. So you must embrace new information from any source with both hands. This is why podcasts are the perfect learning medium for anyone who wants to take in any new information. 

If you want to get useful content, then you have to know which specific leadership podcasts to listen to. Luckily I’ve compiled a list of awesome leadership and management podcasts you can listen to on your commute, during a workout, or on your lunch break. The choice is yours. Happy listening!

1. Beyond the to-do list

If you struggle with productivity and goal setting as a professional, this is the leadership and management podcast for you. In each episode, the host, Erik Fisher chats with creatives, authors, and experts on how to apply great productivity strategies in your personal and professional life. You’ll also learn how to choose the right goals, tasks, and projects in life and at work. The aim of this podcast is to help the listener gain productivity insights, practical knowledge, and perspective for living a full life beyond their to-do lists. 

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good productivity hack or two? 

2. CEO School

This one is for the entrepreneurs in the house (especially the girlies), who are leaders in their own right. CEO School is a podcast hosted by Suneera Madhani, who also doubles as the founder of Stax, a billion-dollar fintech company. Why tune in to the podcast? Well, Suneera does a deep dive into her journey as a female entrepreneur and how she built and runs her business. She also invites experts regularly to discuss topics ranging from work culture to business scaling while sharing advice based on her experience as a successful business owner. 

3. Engaging Leader

Jesse Lahey, the host of this podcast, is an author, speaker, and consultant with over 20 years of experience in workforce communications and leadership. Each episode includes guests sharing their leadership and communication principles while telling stories that showcase how to exercise them. This leadership and management podcast has been designed to help each listener engage, communicate, and lead with a bigger impact. 

4. Manager Tools

The Manager Tools podcast is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to deal with specific scenarios as a manager using the relevant skills necessary. Every week, the podcast tackles specific actions for professionals to take to become better leaders and managers while achieving their ideal career objectives. 

5. LeadX

Looking for bite-sized podcast episodes featuring interviews from leadership experts to help you achieve your full potential? The LeadX podcast is the way to go. It’s hosted by Kevin Kruse, Inc. 500 entrepreneur and New York Times Best Selling Author. In every episode, the guest challenges the listeners to try out one idea from the show to help them get 1% better. If long podcast episodes intimidate you, then you can start with this one and work your way up. 

6. HBR’s IdeaCast

Here’s another leadership podcast that features leading thinkers in business and management. Every episode covers an aspect of leadership in just under 30 minutes and with over 600 episodes to comb through, that’s more than enough to help you be the best leader you can be. 

7. Let’s Take This Offline

With a title like that, I’m sure you’d be more than excited to get your hands on every episode. Host and former executive, Kishshana Palmer aims to redefine how we see leadership with this podcast. The show breaks down topics we don’t like to visit within the leadership space such as shame, vulnerability, and doubt. “Let’s Take This Offline” provides a safe space for anyone in leadership who doesn’t feel like they have everything together and need reassurance that it is okay. 

8. How Leaders Lead

If you’re working on improving your leadership skills and becoming a better leader, it is good to get advice from different perspectives. This is the best podcast to help you do that, with interview-style episodes giving you access to top leaders in entertainment, sports, business, and more. Founded by David Novak (former chairman of a Fortune 500 company), he asks the right questions to get the insights every leader is looking for.  

9. Self-Control & Cheese

Have you ever wanted to speak freely with your peers about some of the challenges you experience at work? This podcast is the safe space you never knew you needed. Hosted by Sara and Bridget, two young leaders working in fast-growing tech companies, who get into everything from having hard conversations with your supervisor to landing that promotion. If you’re in tech (or plan to work in that field), this is the best podcast to hear about what it’s really like and how to do that. 

10. The $100 MBA

The $100 MBA Show is a podcast hosted by Omar Zenhom aimed at revolutionizing business education. With 10-minute business lessons, each episode boils down to specific business topics discussed by industry leaders without all the promotional pitches and backstories. Omar has 14 years of business-building experience under his belt making this podcast a great way to learn actionable and straight-to-the-point business lessons from real entrepreneurs. 

This list is not the “end all, be all” of leadership and management podcasts. These are just a few of the many shows out there. All you have to do is give them a brief listen to find the ones that work for you and learn something new in the process. 

Also, sharing is caring. Tell us your best leadership and management podcasts in the comments below!

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Sandra Musonge

Sandra Musonge is a part-time writer at Fuzu with over five years of experience under her belt, helping numerous B2B and B2C clients with their content needs. She writes to inspire and not just to inform. Her educational background in Biochemistry has given her a broad base from which to approach many topics. You can find her enjoying nature or trying out new recipes when she isn't writing.

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