Coaching Real Leaders

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30 episodes
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We all want to get to the next level of our career, but so many of us get stuck. Longtime leadership coach Muriel Wilkins takes you inside real-life leadership coaching sessions with high performers working to overcome professional challenges and grow as leaders. Listen in on real conversations and leave with new insights and practical guidance for your own career. The views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.

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How Can I Build Credibility with My Team?
She took on a leadership role as a scrum master because she wanted a new challenge. But after a few months on the job, she worries that she lacks the technical knowledge and years of experience to truly lead her team. Host Muriel Wilkins coaches her through how to build credibility with her older, more experienced colleagues.
How Do I Move from a Specialist to a General Leadership Role?
He’s developed a stellar reputation at his organization as the go-to person to solve some very specific, complicated problems. But he worries that the organization has pigeon-holed him as a subject matter expert, limiting his ability to lead more broadly. He speaks with host Muriel Wilkins about how he can break out of the specialist role to reach his goal of becoming a more general business leader.
How Do I Fast-Track My Career?
She has risen very quickly in her career, often being the youngest in the room. She’s ambitious and wants to make it to the C-suite eventually, but she doesn’t know the right moves to make in the short term to fast-track her way to the top. Host Muriel Wilkins coaches her through how to align her career path with her goals.
How Do I Hold My Team Accountable?
She’s heading toward the apex of her career and wants to play a more strategic role in her company because she feels that’s where her strengths lie. While she’s great at creating the vision, she’s struggling to set direction and then follow through with her team. Host Muriel Wilkins coaches her through how to lead with more accountability.
How Do I Become an Intrapreneur?
He’s part of a real estate organization and loves his work but wonders what his future looks like at the company and how his role could grow in the coming decades. Host Muriel Wilkins coaches this leader through how he might use some of his entrepreneurial muscles to shift his career track toward a business leadership role within his current organization.
Coming Soon: Season 3
Coaching Real Leaders returns May 2 to tackle new leadership challenges – like learning how to hold your team accountable, making the move from subject matter expert to business leader, and more. Listen in on coaching sessions with real leaders from around the globe, as they work out the challenges they face at work, with host and longtime executive coach Muriel Wilkins.
How Do I Navigate a New Senior Role?
No matter how driven and capable you are, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by a promotion and a new seat at the table. Host Muriel Wilkins speaks with a newly promoted leader who wants to make sure she’s as effective at this new level as she has been in past roles.
Why Do I Keep Getting Passed Over for the C-Suite?
He’s a senior-level executive with a goal to make it to the C-suite. While he’s come close, he’s been turned down and is not sure why. Host Muriel Wilkins helps this leader plan his next moves.
How to Handle Feeling Overworked
As we head into the holidays after a very stressful year, many of us are struggling with burnout. This week, we revisit a conversation from earlier in the year with a leader on the brink of burnout. Host Muriel Wilkins coaches this leader toward strategies she can take to focus her energy and scale up her leadership.
How Do I Get My Confidence Back?
He's been at his company for many years and has worked his way up from an entry-level position to a director role. Now, he wants to get to the next level in his career, but he feels stuck and unsure of himself. Host Muriel Wilkins coaches this leader on how to regain his confidence so that he can move forward.
How Do I Get Sponsorship Support?
No matter how hard you work and how good you are at executing tasks, there are always less tangible reasons people get tapped for more senior roles. Executive presence matters, as does finding the right sponsors. Host Muriel Wilkins speaks with a rising leader who understands the importance of sponsorship but doesn’t know how to get there – starting with learning to tell her own story.
How Can I Lead Authentically?
There are all different kinds of leadership styles, but it’s hard to know what is authentic to you, or how much you should try to adapt to your environment. In this episode, host Muriel Wilkins speaks with a senior leader who is having trouble drawing a line between what is expected of her, and what feels true to her core.

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4.7 out of 5
261 reviews
megs29722 2022/06/12
A must listen for anyone navigating the corporate world
This podcast is a wealth of knowledge. Muriel has such a talent for identifying the real cause of the coaching clients roadblock. She helps the client...
Health_ Coach 2022/05/21
This podcast is a gem!
This podcast is a gem! every episode provides very interesting information about coaching and leadership.
Happy healthy fit me 2022/05/18
I LOVE this podcast
As a leader and a coach, I love Muriel’s genuine, targeted and organic approach to coaching. I learn something from every episode.
Kikikisses 2022/05/16
A Must Listen for Leaders
I started listening to Coaching Real Leaders with an open mind, but not expecting any real takeaways. I was pleasantly surprised and Muriel's ability ...
BrevityRules 2022/05/03
Real life examples of professional challenges
I truly cherish this podcast and it’s my most shared pod. The real life examples are relatable and extremely helpful to think through scenarios. I app...
L Daley 2022/05/01
Love hearing Muriel do real coaching work on her podcast. I pick up a nugget or two from each episode and come away inspired and with new insights to ...
@techandres 2022/04/30
Excellent Podcast to become a better leader
Every coaching session on this podcast is like a personal coaching session on leadership for me. So many lessons on how to become a better leader but...
MBA wi 2022/04/30
Endless Insights!
Muriel's expert coaching is an inspiration - every episode is a mini-masterclass in empathetic and effective leadership. I always learn something abou...
Trainer in training 2022/04/30
Gems of Wisdom
Muriel asks the hard questions with grave and humor. Focusing on what each of her coaching clients can control, Muriel guides them on a voyage of sel...
Strellita123356 2022/04/30
You will Learn Something Great
Be ready to learn something great for your career. I admire how the host guides the leaders to find better ways of doing things and evolve in their c...


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