When I came upon podcasts a few years ago, I quickly became obsessed. I rarely listen to the radio in the car anymore; I prefer the choice and control that come with podcasts. Here are some of my go-to shows for learning how to become a better leader, a better dad, and a better person. And, some for just pure entertainment. I’m always looking for new ones, so let me know your favorites in the comments.
The one that started it all! Before I really even knew what a podcast was, this one caught my eye and got into my downloads and I’ve been listening ever since. Lewis interviews top performers in a number of different fields and pulls out lessons to apply to your own life.
I’ve listened to more episodes from this podcast than any other on this list. Tim “deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas, digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.”
Jocko Willink is a former Navy SEAL and jujitsu black belt who also authored one of my favorite leadership books, Extreme Ownership. Jocko interviews leaders in many fields with an emphasis on military leadership which I find fascinating because of the literal life-and-death situations that these leaders sometimes face.
Episodes are all about 5 minutes and this is how I start my commute to work every day. Platt meditates on a different scripture verse each day and this short episode is great primer for the rest of the day.
So many concepts that Stanley talks about have shown up in tangible ways in my own work as a teacher and instructional leader. He is the pastor of a megachurch in Atlanta, but the leadership principles can be applied to any industry and are even helpful in leading your family.
I don’t subscribe to this one, but when I am all caught up on my regular podcasts, I find interesting-sounding episodes to download. Each episode has a particular theme or topic and pulls excerpts from TED Talks as well as interviews with the presenters.
I believe in the power of story and am always looking for great storytelling that has the power to open our minds and broaden our perspectives. Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History explores the overlooked and misunderstood and is each episode expertly researched and very well written.
Guilty pleasure. I don’t consider myself a “dark” person and usually prefer to steer clear of the horror genre, but Aaron Mahnke is an expert storyteller and something about these eerie stories and historical ties cause me to revisit this podcast from time to time.
A fascinating figure, Richard Simmons was a fitness icon and known for his larger-than-life personality. Then all of a sudden, he cut himself off from the outside world. “Missing Richard Simmons” is filmmaker Dan Taberski’s search for answers in this mysterious case. I still cannot pinpoint exactly why I liked this podcast so much, but I was captivated by the story of Richard Simmons.