In this episode we look back at the start of the podcast and present an anthology of leadership lessons from the first four guests: Raj Kapoor, Katarin Dyer, Rishad Tobaccowala and Dave Edelman.

They talk about how they formed their own leadership style, what makes a great leader and how to build and run successful teams.


[00:53] – Rewinding the best of episodes focusing on leadership traits

[01:01] – Raj Kapoor, former Chief Strategy Officer at Lyft, shares how his leadership style has evolved throughout his career.

[03:04] – Raj shares how failure helped him learn to step out of his ego for the greater good and more success.

[07:08] – How Raj learned to reinvent himself as a leader, becoming a coach instead of a driver.

[08:15] – Raj’s top tips for becoming a more impactful leader.

[10:09] – Kathy Dyer shares the two biggest leadership lessons she learned while working with CARE.

[12:12] – Kathy shares an interesting story of how a team member depicted her leadership style using a boat analogy.

[13:47] – Kathy shares why she believes multidimensional leaders are more effective.

[14:58] – The mistake Kathy has seen other leaders make when working with teams.

[17:13] – Kathy shares her top three leadership tips and why letting things go for better outcomes is vital.

[20:00] – Why it’s important to open ourselves up to new ideas in order to find the ‘better way’ to do things in this day and age.

[20:23] – Introducing Rishad Tobaccowala, one of the leading thinkers in the world of marketing and advertising.

[21:13] – Rishad shares the five characteristics of a good leader.

[23:57] – Rishad describes the characteristics of the bad bosses: the narcissist, the micromanaging fiddler, the Oscar contender, and the double-crossing assassin.

[25:44] – Why good teams are like winning sports teams.

[26:43] – How Rishad creates a culture of safety and freedom for his teams.

[27:29] – How to empower any team.

[30:31] – Dave Edelman shares the two things that helped him advance into his leadership role.

[33:10] – Dave shares how his role at Digitas pushed him to engage with a broader scope of talent on a higher level.

[36:43] – Dave shares why asking questions is the key to creating a more cohesive team.

[39:47] – Dave shares what he looks for in a good leader.

[41:32] – A good leader must be both in the moment and two steps ahead of the curve at all times.

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