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Lead Stories Podcast is the flagship podcast of Lead Stories Media. Co hosts and executive producers Jo Saxton and Stephanie Williams O'Brien tell tales of leadership and life with the aim to encourage, equip and empower. 

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Oct 3, 2016

In this episode Steph talks leadership with Raymond Blackledge, a YMCA youth support program director, serving youth in the juvenile justice system.   Talking from his experience working with leaders and vulnerable young people, Raymond shares the things which have helped him lead successfully, as well as his failures and top tips for leading others.   Which people have most influenced Raymond’s life? How does he handle leading people from different cultural backgrounds? How does he handle disappointment and frustration in leadership? How does he intentionally pursue growth in his own leadership and encourage others to grow too?   Listen in to find out!  

Discussion questions:  (Remembering leadership is defined as someone who is intentional with their influence):  

1. Raymond talks about being a servant leader.  In what ways do you intentionally serve others in your leadership?  

2. Raymond compares sports coaching to leadership. Do you encourage others to coach you and give you feedback in your leadership? Why or why not? How can you give constructive criticism (coach) those who you are leading?  

3. How do you handle disappointments in leadership? Do you take enough time for self-care?   

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