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5 podcasts that will make you a better leader

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 24 Sep 2015

Ever since NPRs Serial broke the Internet last year, it seems like weve been in the middle of a podcast boom.But while podcasts like Serial can be fun and fascinating to listen to, there are some podcasts that are about more than just smart storytelling.These podcast gems can actually teach you to be smarter, more resilient, and a better leader.Here are some of the best podcasts for honing your leadership skills. They give you the chance to tune in (for free) and learn invaluable lessons from some of the most successful people and high performers in the world.Make sure to add to the list in the comments section below!1. The Tim Ferriss ShowThe author of the productivity bible "The Four Hour Work Week" talks to high-powered guests about what they do to perform so efficiently and effectively, and the tricks they use to get ahead; things you can do too! Hes hosted everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger, to investor Peter Thiel, to director Robert Rodriguez. Put this one on your podcast feed for sure.2. The Full RatchetIf you want to get into the minds of angel investors and learn the secrets of how to get funding for your startup, then this is the podcast for you. Its hosted by angel investor Nick Moran, and covers topics that include negotiation tips, raising VC funds, and reasons why startups fail.Morans guests are investors and inventors and everyone in between. This podcast is essential for startup leaders: it gives you the inside scoop on the angel investing world and can prepare you to lead your company to success.3. Rocketship.FMWith every episode, Rocketship.FM brings you an interview with a startup founder whos built a successful company.My favorite episodes include an interview with Popforms Kate Matsudaira, who talks about how to plan for and realize your five-year goals, and Brian Balfours genius talk on how to build growth methodically. Again, a great podcast that will give you the skills to be an effective startup leader.4. Nathalie Lussiers Off the ChartsNathalie Lussier packs a ton of information, advice, and tips into each five-minute episodeand she makes sure that every podcast leaves listeners with something concrete that they can do to be a better business leader.Lussier is a digital strategist and online marketing whiz, and in Off the Charts she dispenses actionable advice for growing your business, marketing yourself and your company online, writing sales pitches, and more.5. Entrepreneurial Thought LeadersStanford Universitys Technology Ventures Program hosts talks from leading entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers every semester. Thanks to this podcast, you can benefit from their advice without ever having to set foot on campus. Recent talks have featured Susan Koger of ModCloth and Mike Rothenberg of Rothenberg Ventures.This podcast offers a great opportunity to learn from some of the worlds top entrepreneurial thinkers and one of the worlds best universities.I'd be remiss if I didn't tell you about my own very exciting foray into radio! In addition to my weekly podcast for entrepreneurs, my partners and I are reformatting our broadband show, which already airs in 36markets. The Big Pitch Radio Showoffers innovators an opportunity to land a discussion about funding with our co-host,Kevin Harrington (an original shark from ABC's "Shark Tank"). Hosted by Harrington,Jason Garey, and myself, the show is an exciting and refreshing twist to business talk radio.SEE ALSO:17 podcasts that will make you smarterJoin the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: This 'Shark Tank' investor once made a $5 million mistake
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