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The Unburdened Leader
The Unburdened Leader
Rebecca Ching, LMFT

Meet leaders who recognized their own pain, worked through it, and stepped up into greater leadership. Each week, we dive into how... more

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EP 108: Speaking Truth to Power: Taking a Stand Guided by Faith and Love with Dee Kelley

What do you want to be known for? And what actions do you take to be seen in that light? What... more

05 Jul 2024 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
EP 107: The Seasons of Entrepreneurship: Leading a Deliberate Life with Laura Roeder

What are you deliberate about in your life?What does living deliberately mean to you?Would you say that you’re a deliberate... more

21 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
EP 106: Trauma, Leadership, and Healing: A Colleague Conversation with Sarah Buino

Do you have thoughts about how the word “trauma” and other therapy-speak terms have bled into our day-to-day conversations in... more

07 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
EP 105: Dr. Frank Anderson: A Loving and Kind Approach to Healing and Leadership

What does healing mean to you? What expectations do you hold around how we heal and how quickly we heal?Meeting our... more

24 May 2024 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
EP 104: The Intersection of How We Lead, Love, and Grieve with J.S. Park

If you love, you experience loss. Looking back over the last few years, who or what have you lost? A loved... more

10 May 2024 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
EP 103: The Burden of Shoulds and Moving Towards Self-Compassion with Alison Cook, PhD

Are you aware of all the expectations you hold yourself to?The day-to-day buzzing of our inner life can feel relentless,... more

26 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
EP 102: Toxic Leadership: The True Cost of Workplace Trauma with Mita Mallick

Many of us are familiar with the kind of person who easily earns the moniker ‘toxic’ and instills fear, rage,... more

12 Apr 2024 · 53 minutes
EP 101: Transforming the Legacy Burdens from Relational Trauma with Deran Young

Do you feel frustrated by recurring struggles with self-doubt, hypervigilance, and overwhelm?Behind many of your inner doubts, self-judgements, fears, and... more

29 Mar 2024 · 59 minutes
EP 100: Celebrating 100 Episodes: Behind the Scenes of the Unburdened Leader

Have you ever done something steadily, week in and week out, for a period of time?What did you learn about... more

15 Mar 2024 · 22 minutes
EP 99: Lead & Love Beyond Differences: The Work of Building Bridges with Jonathan Merritt

Have you ended a relationship to get relief from tension and conflict?Do you struggle with developing a clear sense of... more

01 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
EP 98: Ecosystems for Change: Embracing Generative Conflict in a World on Fire with Deepa Iyer

What is your relationship with conflict and disagreement?Do you see conflict as bad or dangerous or simply a natural part... more

16 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
EP 97: Releasing the Need to Prove: Arielle Estoria's Journey to Authentic Leadership

Do you find yourself in a constant state of proving? Proving that you are a good enough leader, parent, partner,... more

02 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
EP 96: Rage to Action: The Leading Power of Women's Anger with Soraya Chemaly

What is your relationship with your anger? How much of your stress and exhaustion is fueled by repressed anger and rage? And... more

19 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
EP 95: Good Trouble: A Personal Account of January 6th with Officer Harry Dunn

When you experience injustice, how do you respond? Do you immediately speak up and fight back?Maybe you get introspective and go... more

05 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
EP 94: 2023 Debrief of Space and Pace

What worked for you in 2023? What did not work this year? What data did you collect about yourself, your work,... more

22 Dec 2023 · 42 minutes
EP 93: Beyond Words: Unveiling the Layers of Storytelling Leadership with Ali Edwards

As you approach the new year, do you focus on results-oriented New Year’s resolutions, or do you prefer to set... more

08 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
EP 92: Leadership in Transition: Navigating Life Shifts with Brigitte Lyons

Have you ever felt like what you are known for does not fit you anymore? Or maybe you feel like it... more

24 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
EP 91: Decolonizing Wealth: Confronting Exploitation and Healing Wounds with Edgar Villanueva

What is your relationship with money?Do you have a healthy or neutral relationship with money? Or do you fall into... more

10 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
EP 90: Engaged and Consistent Leadership: with Moms Demand Action Founder, Shannon Watts

When you see a need, what do you do? Do you jump in and try to solve the problem? Or do you... more

27 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
EP 89: Navigating Gender Bias: Leadership Steps for Workplace Equality with Amy Diehl, PhD

When people talk about gender bias and sexism, what comes to mind? Are you clear about when gender bias happens to... more

13 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
EP 88: Right-Use-of-Power: Navigating Leadership Dynamics with Dr. Cedar Barstow

Would you call yourself a powerful person? Do you trust yourself with power? Does owning your power feel a bit like... more

29 Sep 2023 · 59 minutes
EP 87: Authoritarianism in Cultish and High-Demand Communities with Bradley Onishi

Do you know if you have ever been a part of a cultish or high-demand community? Do you know what... more

15 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Ep 86: Humaning Together: Integrating Grief and Lived Experience with Kathy Escobar

Your relationship with grief impacts all your relationships - whether you know it or not. While the experience of grief is... more

01 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
EP 85: Team Habits: Redefining Workplace Dynamics with Charlie Gilkey

Groups are a microcosm of life and the greater systems in which we live and work.  We learn so much about... more

18 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
EP 84: Recalibrating Success and Accomplishment with Martha Bitar

When you look back on your career trajectory, what do you notice? Do you see an even trajectory in your career... more

04 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
EP 83: Cultivating a Practice of True Play with Gary Ware

Do you have a relationship with play?Do you integrate time to play into your life around work and rest?Or does... more

21 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
EP 82: Beyond the Stigma: Prioritizing Needs Without Judgement with Mara Glatzel

Have you ever wondered if you are too much or too needy? We carry a lot of baggage around our needs,... more

07 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
EP 81: Beyond Optics: Leadership and Meaningful Inclusion with Sand Chang, PhD

Inclusion.It’s a word that evokes strong emotions and reactions for many people. Some see it as a polarizing issue that... more

23 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
EP 80: The Safety Spectrum: Navigating Discomfort and Cultivating Safe Spaces with Tasha Hunter, MSW, LCSW

Are you a safe person? Do you cultivate and lead spaces that are safe? And how do you know the difference between... more

09 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
EP 79: Leading with Curiosity and Cultivating Authentic Connections with Toni Herbine-Blank, MS, RN, C-SP

Conflict and discomfort are inevitable–in all areas of our work and life. Now, most of us carry some kind of relational... more

26 May 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
EP 78: The Intersection of Relational Trauma and Business Boundaries with Heidi Taylor

Your past experiences and relationships inform how you lead and run your business today, whether you are aware of it... more

12 May 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
EP 77: Inclusive Leadership: Welcoming and Creating Space for Neurodiversity with Jessie Ginsburg & Chris Wenger

Do you consider yourself a sensitive person when it comes to sounds, smells, physical sensations, or taste?Do you judge this... more

28 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
EP 76: Changing the Conversation on Autism with Eric Garcia

What does it mean to you to be broken? To be normal? And who gets to decide what it means... more

21 Apr 2023 · 56 minutes
EP 75: Leading from the Intersection of Culture, Identity, and Sustainability with Jeffrey Brown & Jennifer Chen

When you see a need or have a vision for something, what do you do? Especially when there is a... more

31 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
EP 74: Leading in Hard Times With Values and Boundaries with Kristen Campbell​, DPT

“Do you respect yourself when you look back on the hard times in your life?”Do you look back on your... more

17 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
EP 73: The Potential of Psychedelics to Help and Heal with Victor Cabral

Psychedelics are having a mainstream moment. They continue to gain a bigger presence in our cultural awareness beyond their druggy stereotype... more

03 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
EP 72: Identifying and Addressing the Burdens of Individualism with Deran Young & Dick Schwartz

Rugged individualism occupies the heart of American mythology.We pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. We ignore structural inequality and rely... more

24 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
EP 71: Countering Cultures Obsessive Pursuit of Health with Jason and Lauren Pak

How we talk about health matters.Conversations about health are pervasive–when we get to know each other, when we play catch... more

03 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
EP 70: Getting out of Shame and Into Power with Kelly Diels

We need to talk about power.Like, get into the nitty gritty details on what we believe about power, how we... more

20 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
EP 69: Remembering the January 6th Insurrection with Julie Tagen

When we ignore our collective losses and tragedies, we only compound the pain they generate. And when we feel like our... more

06 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
EP 68: 2022 Debrief: Slower Is Faster

Today I am bringing back my annual debrief to the podcast. Looking back on 2022 has been fruitful and offered a... more

23 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
EP 67: Emotional Labor, Social Capital, and #vulnerability with Tara McMullin

We all connect with the power of vulnerability in ourselves and in others. And vulnerability continues to be misunderstood and misappropriated... more

09 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
EP 66: Rethinking Self-Care and Workplace Wellbeing with Dr. Michelle Barton

One of the biggest challenges to self-care is that it means different things to different people. Is it bubble baths and... more

25 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
EP 65: Choosing Honest Over Perfect: Transparent Business Practices with Barrett Ward

Conscious consumption is one of the hottest trends in retail marketing. We shop to make a difference, have an impact, build... more

11 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
EP 64: Coping is Not Healing: Making Sense of the Pain with Natalie Gutierrez Part 2

The mental load we all carry right now is next level.But just because this load is invisible does not make... more

28 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
EP 63: How Choosing Nice Can Lead to More Harm with Jenny Booth Potter

There is a difference between nice and kind.Niceness is appeasing and complacent. Kindness is loving and generous.

14 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
EP 62: Coping is Not Healing: Making Sense of the Pain with Natalie Gutierrez Part 1

We all carry pain. All of us. We navigate the vice grip of the pains from our past along with the... more

30 Sep 2022 · 59 minutes
EP 61: Mental Health and Entrepreneurship: Confronting the Stigmas with Jason Van Orden

Quick-fix solutions abound for mental health challenges. As leaders, we’re fed the same advice over and over again. Generic one-size-fits-all “thought... more

16 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
EP 60: Enneagram, Anti-racism, and Resilience with Jessica Dickson

We often look at the results of quizzes and personality assessments for language to help describe ourselves to others. And... more

02 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
EP 59: The Transformational Power of Conversational Leadership with Daniel Stillman

How you talk to yourself often reflects how you lead and how you talk with others. The harshness of your inner... more

19 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
EP 58: An Ecosystem Approach to Leading Community and Business with Pamela Slim

When you experience something that elicits an emotional response at work, you respond according to the extent of the emotional... more

05 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
EP 57: Toxic Proving, Gender Bias, and the Not-Enough Loop with Wendy Collie

When we spend most of our time trying to prove our worth, our proving shifts to looking for safety and... more

22 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
EP 56: The Intersection of Leadership, Brand, and Inner Work with Nicole "Ziza" Bauer

It feels like we are in a collective hangover right now as we unlearn toxic ways of viewing difficult emotions,... more

01 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
EP 55: Embodied Leadership: Pushing Back and Speaking Truth with Lisa Gungor

When being right is more important to you than being in relationship, difference and questioning become something to fear.And fear... more

17 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
EP 54: Honoring the Fullness of Your Grief with Marisa Renee Lee

If you don't take time to grieve, your body will make the time for you. Grief is an emotion that does... more

03 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
EP 53: Leading a Sustainable Business & Life Without Burning Out with Racheal Cook

Our bodies are often the wisest parts of who we are, but we regularly over-ride the messages they send us... more

20 May 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
EP 52: Charlie Gilkey: Leading With What Matters Most

When you are not clear on what truly matters most to you, how you decide to use your precious time... more

06 May 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
EP 51: Leading Transformational Communities with Shannon Siriano Greenwood

The desire to be seen, loved, and belong drives so many of our decisions. Especially when it comes to connecting in... more

22 Apr 2022 · 57 minutes
Ep 50: Embracing the Hot Mess: A Special Anniversary Episode with Alison Cook, PhD

You carry life's burdens with you every day. Some days, they might feel heavy enough to break you.But they also... more

08 Apr 2022 · 57 minutes
EP 49: Standing In Your Power: A Leadership Roundtable with Joon Park + Cha Barefield

We can get so caught up in how we are seen that we miss opportunities to course correct and expand... more

25 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
The Unburdened Leader
EP 52: Charlie Gilkey: Leading With What Matters Most
The Unburdened Leader

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When you are not clear on what truly matters most to you, how you decide to use your precious time can leave... more