Welcome to How to Take the Lead

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We struck up a friendship about 10 years ago when we were both working as senior leaders in the NHS. We bonded over G&T and would regularly meet up to put the world of work to rights.

We were agreed that leadership needed to change, but were uncertain about how to make that happen.

Fast forward to 2021, we had both set up our own businesses (Lee made the leap full-time and Carrie-Ann was balancing hers alongside the day job) and realised (over a G&T of course) that now we could do something about the things that frustrated us about leadership.

We started going live on Instagram, moved to LinkedIn and then launched our own podcast. Our weekly show where we tackle the myths and stereotypes of leadership, share our own stories and experiences, and challenge others to think about leading in a different way.

Starting a substack felt like a natural progression. A space where we can explore further the issues raised through the show - think of this as your companion guide where you can also get directly involved in the discussions.

About your hosts…

Meet Lee

Lee Griffith is an executive coach and leadership communications strategist who works with CEOs and senior leaders to maximise their impact. A former award-winning communications and engagement director with over 20 years of experience, Lee has supported everything from major incidents to reconfigurations, turnarounds and transformations. She now runs her own company, sunday skies, and speaks regularly about how leaders can build connection and effect change through great communication and engagement. Find out more via www.sundayskies.com.

Meet Carrie-Ann

Carrie-Ann Wade is a communications director in the NHS with over 20 years of communications and marketing experience. She is also founder of Cat’s Pajamas Communications which focuses on mentoring communications professionals to grow and thrive in their careers. She has been named one of F:entrepreneur's #ialso100 2020 top female entrepreneurs and business leaders, and Cat’s Pajamas has been recognised in Small Business Saturday's UK #SmallBiz100, as a business with impact.
Find out more via www.cats-pajamas.co.uk.

Why subscribe?

Become part of the How to Take the Lead community and receive additional insights and expert perspectives designed to challenge and change the way you lead. 

What do you get if you subscribe?

Free subscribers will receive

  • Public posts

Premium subscribers at £5/month (or £50 for the year) 

  • Every week, alongside each new podcast episode, you’ll receive a blog from that week’s host giving you extra information and reflection points you can take forward into the workplace.

  • Access to all past content on an ongoing basis

  • Exclusive monthly ‘Ask us anything’ recordings

  • Participate in community discussions where we break down the stereotypes of leadership and tackle what leading differently means

  • Submit your ideas for future episodes

  • Take part in a bi-monthly book club and receive regular reading recommendations from us

Or become a founding member…

We are offering a limited number of founder memberships for people who want to get more involved in the How to Take the Lead community and receive our direct support in your personal development. 

Founder members at a price of £150 will receive:

  • All the benefits of the premium subscription (above) PLUS

  • Choice of a 1 hour mentoring or coaching session with either Carrie-Ann or Lee (this is a heavily discounted price not available anywhere else)

  • Early access to future How to Take the Lead events or products

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Are you ready to take the lead? Get involved in unfiltered conversations designed to challenge and change the way you lead. Based on our podcast show of the same name, we explore life as a leader, questioning everything we've ever learnt!


How to Take the Lead
Challenging everything we've ever learnt about leadership. A no corporate BS space.