How to Become a Better Leader with Emily Hawkins – The Fed and Fearless Podcast Episode 133

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There’s an art to effective leadership. However, we’re seldom taught how to do it. As entrepreneurs, we all want to become better leaders. Whether you have a team or want to have one, it’s crucial that you put important leadership methods in place as soon as possible. Today, career coach Emily Hawkins explains how.



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About Emily Hawkins

Emily Hawkins empowers the unemployed, unfulfilled, and unrecognized to find what they love in their life and put it in their work. Her online courses and individual career coaching will help identify the barriers that are preventing you from knowing and achieving your purpose.

With over 15 years in corporate America working with budgets, processes, and people Emily can help you streamline your time, team, and career aspirations to land a new role, a promotion, or a completely new venture. Armed with a Georgia Tech MBA and a Robbins-Madanes (yes, Tony Robbins!) life coaching certification, Emily has been uncovering the potential in people for years.

As a career coach and corporate leader, she has seen the most common mistakes people make over and over – many she learned through her own failures. Emily ended that vicious cycle when she took charge of her life.

Finding Success from Past Failures

In this episode, Emily explains how her first-hand experiences of failure taught her how to build a successful team. She describes the importance of diversity in her workforce and the best way to onboard and gives praise. 

This involved an initial amount of discomfort. It’s hard to face your mistakes and consciously learn from them. Yet, by recognizing where your business needs improvement, you can see where you need to fill the gaps by creating a robust team.


Good Leadership Starts with You

Although team building involves working with others, it also requires a lot of working on yourself. Emily talks about how good leaders listen more than they speak. She explains the importance of integrity, trust-building, and following through on promises.

Running your team with integrity means treating its members as you would want them to treat you. Model the behavior you want to see. This demonstrates respect, which is a huge motivator when it comes to working together with others.


Communicating with Your Team in a Meaningful Way

Of course, no team will function well without proper communication. Emily fosters this by regularly asking seven seemingly simple yet essential questions. This includes “What’s on your mind?”, and “What else is on your mind?” Even just asking “How can I help?” will lead to richer and more authentic interactions. 

When you really get to know your team members through asking questions and listening to their responses, you’ll learn so much about them. You’ll discover their values, what motivates them, where they’re confident, and where they need support. This helps you build a team that feels seen and cared for.

What does good leadership mean to you? Leave a comment below! 


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  • How making mistakes made Emily an expert in team-building [4:15]
  • What integrity really means for leaders [17:05]
  • Improving communication and connection with 7 essential questions [28:15]
  • Learning to relinquish control and let your team members take the lead [43:20]



“I thought that I wanted to work with people like me. But I’m already on the team. I don’t need another me. I need somebody who’s very opposite of me so that all of our gaps are filled.” [10:15]

“Words are kind of empty. You can say a lot, but your actions speak louder than your words.” [21:26]

“There’s no point in talking about what we’re going to do in three weeks when what we’re doing this week matters the most. But if they know what I’m working on and I know what they’re working on, then we’re all on the same page.” [52:25]



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