My Worst Leadership Moment

Brendan Rogers

We love hearing about mistakes people have made, relating to them and then learning from these mistakes. The 'My Worst Leadership Moment' series is a Leadership podcast where guests share their worst leadership moment. The focus is self reflection and showing vulnerability through the stories they share. read less
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Episodes

My Worst Leadership Moment with Karen Page
04-04-2024
My Worst Leadership Moment with Karen Page
Embarking on a leadership path often conjures up visions of unwavering decisiveness and the glamour of influence. Yet for Karen “Kaz” Page, her ascent through the IT industry’s ranks to an executive level with an overwhelming 36 direct reports became a crucible moment, revealing the stark contrasts between idealized leadership and the realities of personal aptitude. In a candid conversation, Kaz lays bare the soul-searching realization that her analytical prowess and leadership style might be ill-fitted for the emotional demands and diverse personalities of a startup’s high-octane world. Her tale is a testament to the courage found in introspection and the liberating truth that success doesn’t obligate one to fit the traditional molds of management. Navigating the intricate dance of leadership styles, our discussion pivots to the ‘fixer’ archetype, valued in the breakneck pace of startup life for its quick reflexes and adaptability. Here, Kaz and I unpack the idea that effective leadership isn’t about a universal template but designing an approach that magnifies one’s unique strengths and aligns with each context’s distinct challenges. Her journey of vulnerability and growth offers a refreshing perspective on how embracing one’s individuality can chart a course for impactful leadership that uplifts a team without the need for conventional command. Join us for this profound exploration that cuts through the facade of leadership stereotypes, celebrating the many paths to making a lasting mark within an organization. The episode is also available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/kNj77gkC93g
My Worst Leadership Moment with Barnaby Howarth
28-03-2024
My Worst Leadership Moment with Barnaby Howarth
The resilience and warmth of Barnaby Howarth is nothing short of a beacon of hope, and our latest conversation with him is a testament to the human spirit’s tenacity. Barnaby, a stroke survivor who reinvented himself as an entrepreneur and resilience keynote speaker, took us on a journey through his life’s seismic shifts, from the devastating stroke at 25 to finding his footing again, both personally and professionally. He opens up about creating his podcast ‘Everyday Greatness’, where he uncovers the often overlooked splendor in the lives of ordinary people — proving that being a decent person is at the heart of true success. We also take a peek at Barnaby’s own podcast episodes, where he converses with an array of individuals, from sports stars to the humblest carrot farmers, drawing out their stories to show how kindness and goodness are the real cornerstones of achievement. Our dialogue then steers towards the subtle yet profound leadership lessons Barnaby has gleaned through his experiences. He shares anecdotes of connectivity and the ripple effect of consistent, incremental actions — wisdom he picked up both from his ABC days and while leading his own ventures. Through his eyes, we see how qualities like kindness, which some might mistake for a business liability, actually fortify the foundation of successful leadership. Barnaby has lived through challenges that test the soul, including scaling the heights of Kilimanjaro, and it’s through these narratives that we understand how everyday actions and genuine authenticity can contribute to a leadership style that not only inspires but resonates on a deeply human level. Join us as we explore the essence of what it means to lead with heart, and discover how you too can embody the greatness in the everyday. The episode is also available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/S8heeZN1QZM
My Worst Leadership Moment: A Heart-to-Heart with Andrew Stotz
15-03-2024
My Worst Leadership Moment: A Heart-to-Heart with Andrew Stotz
Walking through Bangkok’s vibrant streets, inspiration struck Andrew Stotz like a bolt of lightning. The result? The “My Worst Investment Ever” podcast, a project that not only opened up a wellspring of shared wisdom on financial mishaps but also sparked the creation of our leadership-focused series. Join us in an intimate discussion with Andrew as we uncover the roots of his transformative show. We reminisce about my own experiences as a guest on his platform, where lessons in leadership are distilled from the bitter brew of past errors. This episode is a tale of innovation, adaptation, and the sweet victory that awaits when one dares to tread the untrodden path. Every leader carries a mosaic of memories, a collection of triumphs and trials that shape their journey. Andrew’s canvas is rich with the colors of resilience: from the challenges of the Asian financial crisis to the heartache of personal loss, his rise to the presidency of the CFA Society Thailand is a stirring anthem to perseverance. Listen closely as we peel back the layers of Andrew’s inspiring climb and the indelible lessons on harnessing the strength of diverse opinions. His narrative is a beacon for all who seek to understand how confronting and embracing adversity can sculpt a more empathetic, robust leader. Closing our conversation, we turn the focus inward, reflecting on the transformative power of communication and the grace found in redemption. I share a chapter from my own book of leadership, where challenging a client’s ire led to a mutual breakthrough in understanding and respect. We also trace the path of extending a hand to those in need, illustrating how past missteps can be reformed into guiding lights for others. As our laughter intertwines over the quirks and quips of being podcast hosts, we seal this episode with a commitment to learning and staying vulnerable—a promise to keep mining the depths of leadership, one story at a time. The episode is also available on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NoSzhx6keU