Speaker 1: Hi, I'm Denise Simpson, a master life and leadership coach who helps women step into their authentic and feminine power. So they can lead like visionaries influence with grace and create a legacy of contribution and service. You'll hear about real leadership clients with real problems, navigating their success in life, [00:00:30] business, and career. If you're ready to become a masterful leader, then this podcast was made for you. So let's get started.
Speaker 1: Hey, Hey, welcome. I am so happy to be here. I wanna talk to you about masters of leadership. This is, ah, my baby. This [00:01:00] is my baby. I call it a baby. Um, it has been birthed from my life experiences from my professional experiences, from my educational pursuits and achievements from working with hundreds of students at the university level, working with hundreds of clients in a private setting, helping organizations through my consulting firm. I am so, so excited [00:01:30] that this has birthed from all of that from the culmination of all of what I just mentioned. Masters of leadership is a monthly program for women leaders. Yes, this is where we get to gather, not just gather, but where we belong, right? It's a feeling of connection and belonging, which a lot of us do not have because sometimes leadership feels lonely. [00:02:00] Now, listen, it is a solitary it's solitary work for sure.
Speaker 1: All of that go, you know, all that mindset, work, skillset work that happens alone, right? It happens by yourself. It happens in your mind. It happens behind the scenes. So it's solitary leadership is solitary. The development of a leader is solitary, right? And then the external demonstration, right? How you demonstrate all of that work that you've done within yourself is now [00:02:30] the expression of your leadership with your followers. So all that hard work that you do is in the dark it's behind the scenes. It is really investigating every corner, every dark little corner of your mind. You're looking for blind spots, you're looking for bias. You're looking for prejudice. You're looking for discriminatory tendencies. You're looking for all of your blind spots and you're working through them and you're [00:03:00] finding awareness around it so that you can show up a powerful leader so that you can demonstrate your leadership with your followers or with your family or with your community or with your constituents who, whoever you're leading, right?
Speaker 1: This is the work that is expressed in the diad, in the interaction between you and a follower or followers, but the work is solitary and that's the work we're gonna do together so that [00:03:30] you're not alone in the dark. So that you're with a group of women who are doing what, what you're doing, working on themselves, right? It's the, self-awareness, it's the internal landscape that we're looking at. And we get to do that together inside masters of leadership. So let me tell you all of the amazing things that will go on in this membership. It is brand new. There was a 1.0 version that I put out last year, I was testing the [00:04:00] waters. I was testing the, the features. I was testing the automated stuff behind the scenes. I was really testing all the technical stuff. And during that short amount of time, I fell in love.
Speaker 1: I fell in love with providing monthly master classes. I fell in love with coaching my clients. I fell in love with the entire process. And what I did was I, I closed that down to make some major improvements so that this was now [00:04:30] ready to receive a massive amount of women from all walks of life, from all levels of leadership and masters of leadership. 2.0 is here. I want for you to seriously consider an ongoing personal development and professional development program. So this program is designed to serve you holistically. [00:05:00] Meaning life coaching is provided because dang it. We need a life coach in our lives and master classes every single month on a leadership topic, pragmatic solutions for you to take into your organizations, into your agencies, into your firms, into your educational systems, wherever you're leading your ho, the hospitals you're leading from that, you know, the tech companies you're running [00:05:30] wherever you are, whatever industry you are in, you will take what you've learned from these master classes.
Speaker 1: And you're gonna go put them in action. You're gonna make sure we take care of business. So what you're learning in this environment, in this silo that I've created for you is a safe container. This is where we get to talk about what women are really challenged with in the workplace. We're gonna talk about really some sensitive topics that only women leaders would understand. So [00:06:00] this program is only for women leaders or people who have been socialized as women. Let's be very clear. The dudes have a whole lot of resources available to them, women, however, Hmm. Not so much. And I have found a giant void in this niche, in this specific niche of leadership training. And so I have dedicated my entire business to help women leaders. I've, [00:06:30] I'm funneling all of my resources, financial, energetic, educational resources, all of the culmination of things that I've learned as a practitioner, just like you, but also as an academic.
Speaker 1: And we are gonna marry theory and practice inside masters of leadership. This is the program for a woman leader who says, I'm ready. I'm ready to Uplevel my skills. I'm ready to check in with [00:07:00] my mindset. I'm ready to elevate my status. I want to be certain of my status as a leader. I wanna have psychological safety so I can walk into any room. The board room, the bedroom, the, um, oh gosh, what else? Surgery room. Um, where else are you all at? Um, in the, in the, um, oh gosh, you know, board of directors, room, whatever room that you're going into, I want for you. If you're leading, I want for you to feel certain in your abilities [00:07:30] to lead powerfully and authentically. And that only happens when you have psychological safety. Whew. Let me tell you something. I'm so passionate about this. Hmm.
Speaker 1: Give me a second. I have to catch my breath because I am all in on you. I am all in on this program. Like I've never been before. I have worked so hard to elevate every single benefit and feature [00:08:00] that you, as my client will receive inside this monthly program, masters of leadership. So I wanna encourage you to really look at what resources you have right now at your disposal. What resources is your organization providing you with right now? Are you provided with professional development budget? Are you provided with weekly or maybe monthly or annual [00:08:30] leadership trainings? What are you provided with right now? Because your organization is responsible for developing you as a leader. And oftentimes they are not doing that, but we're not doing things the old way, the antiquated way, right? We're not waiting for your CEO or your board of directors to approve anything, right?
Speaker 1: You know, it's fine. Here is where you get to take ownership and agency over your development. [00:09:00] As a leader, in all aspects of our life, from the life, coaching to the leadership, training and development, to the mentorship opportunities, you're going to have to the masterminding, you will have with a group of peers, with a group of women who are doing just what you're doing, you are rising to the top or you're at the top and you're helping a woman who's behind you on that journey. So it does not matter what journey you are on. I want for you to look at the resources you have available to [00:09:30] you right now. And I guarantee you, my friend, it's not much. And if you're someone who's saying, where is my training? Why don't I have a leadership coach? Why isn't my organization? Alloting money for professional development.
Speaker 1: What's happening here. Start questioning this and start asking your employer. Start asking human resources. What's going on here. You expect me to be an effective, impactful, powerful leader. Why do [00:10:00] I not have the resources to develop these skills within me? The skillset, the mindset, the strategies, the tactics, where are they? Someone please help here. You have every right to ask for help because if they hired you to do this job wonderful now here's, what's important to maintain. Status is not what we do. We don't just maintain status quo and you remind them, you hired me to be [00:10:30] powerful, impactful, and effective. And I need these resources so that I can elevate myself and my people because I'm not, I'm not here to give you status quo. I'm not here to give you what's standard. Oh no, we're gonna elevate this experience, but I do need the resources to do that.
Speaker 1: So what can you provide me with? And if they say, well, here's a budget. Why don't you take this money and go find yourself some trainings, okay? You come right here, you [00:11:00] come right here to masters of leadership. You'll spend a monthly fee. The same fee. You'll lock in. As long as you are a member, that will be your fee. You, it will not be increased on you. It'll never be increased on you. If you stay locked in. Now, if you leave and come back, well, you're gonna pay a higher price. If there is a higher price at that time. So just know that you'll lock in at the lowest fee it'll ever be for you. but [00:11:30] here's, what's great. You'd give that invoice to your employer and you tell them, I found a program that focuses on women's leadership and Shep. And in this program, I'm going to get personal development and professional development.
Speaker 1: I'm going to develop self mastery and develop my leadership skill, set, and mindset. I'm gonna have everything that [00:12:00] I need in this one program. And I'd like for you to pay for it. And here is the invoice. You give them that invoice and you have them do that. Now, listen, some employers are very open to that discussion, but I've worked with many organizations and their leaders. And, uh, sometimes they don't have that flexibility, but that's okay. That is okay because you, my friend, you have agency over your [00:12:30] life. You have agency over your brain. You make a decision to develop your brain and your heart. You make a decision to invest in your personal development and professional training. It is your responsibility as a leader to take agency over what you can control. And this, my friend is what you can control. I'm so excited to introduce you to masters of leadership.
Speaker 1: I want [00:13:00] for you to seriously consider this opportunity to work with me in this container. You will find more information in the show notes. And if you stay until the end of this episode, you'll hear how to get in there. Okay? So one last thing I will leave you with masters of leadership. I was asked by a current client, why did you name your monthly program? Masters of leadership. I explained to her [00:13:30] that we're all on a different path. We're all on a different journey to leadership. My journey to leadership started at 19 years old. When someone gave me the keys to a bath and body work store at 19. I don't know they weren't that smart, but I sure the hell was I had so much confidence. My gosh, it was actually bordering on arrogance. I have to tell, I have to admit that, but I did a hell of a job.
Speaker 1: I loved managing. I loved leading. I loved the operational side of retail. I loved, you know, sharing [00:14:00] experiences with my customers. I loved my seasonal employees, my full-time employees, my part-time employees. I love the whole process of displaying these products proudly in my store. That store was impeccable. It was mine. It was, um, I, I, I can't even tell you. I was wow, just so excited and so proud. And it was a beautiful experience. And I am so blessed to have been, to have been able to do that. Someone trusted me, someone [00:14:30] believed in me and they said, you don't have an education yet, but dang it. You have a lot of great experience. And I love your attitude and hear the keys. And guess what? I did a hell of a job. The results showed that I was proud of my work and proud of my people.
Speaker 1: And although I learned that transactional leadership was nothing like transformational leadership at that time, but I didn't learn that until years after. But looking back, I did a phenomenal [00:15:00] job and nobody showed me how I didn't have mentors. I didn't have someone to mentor me through this process. I didn't have an education. I didn't have my degree at that time. I just knew I loved serving. And I loved leading. I fell in love with this discipline, which is why I've stayed in it since then. I have devoured every single resource that has been given to me that I have been, I have been granted that I have taken the opportunities [00:15:30] have been presented to me, trust me. I have devoured every single one of those opportunities. And I have turned it into a passion and I get to serve women every day because of this passion that I created for myself.
Speaker 1: And you'll see that inside masters of leadership. And so my journey is very different than yours. And guess what? My mindset is very different than yours. Why? Because I was raised very differently. Probably [00:16:00] I was raised in a certain culture. I was raised with certain societal expectations that maybe you didn't experience. I was raised with two parents that were mine, not yours. And they had their own bias. They had their own prejudice. They had their own beliefs, really limiting toxic beliefs about women in power women with money, women with influence. There were so many things that I had to unravel for myself on my journey to leadership. [00:16:30] And so your childhood experience different than mine. I'm sure we're gonna have a lot of parallel experiences. No doubt, no doubt. This is why I know you so intimately, but know that each of us is on an individual path to leadership.
Speaker 1: And I called it masters of leadership. How women successfully navigate the path to leadership. So what I will do is show you this specific path. You're gonna identify where you are on [00:17:00] your path. And I have some suggestions. I have some things that I, I want you to do within that stage, that you're in to help elevate you into the next stage. So as we are moving along this continuum mastery, although people may think mastery is the end result. It's, it's not, it's not an end game for, for us in this program. It's an attitude. It's an attitude of certainty. Now, listen, I am a master of leadership, no [00:17:30] doubt, but guess what? I am humbled about it. I'm also very open to a growth mindset, a beginner's mindset. I keep my glasses on with a beginner's lens. Why? Because I love this discipline. And this discipline is dynamic.
Speaker 1: It is not static. Leadership is always, always evolving as the culture evolves. As society evolves, as we [00:18:00] go through pandemics and we go through collective challenges and issues, the mindset changes, beliefs, change things, cha the culture changes. And so as a leader, I must stay dynamic. And this is what I get to do with my research. I get to be a public academic where I take whatever I'm learning behind the scenes. As a, as a researcher, as an academic, looking at what's new, what's latest. What [00:18:30] are we, what are we trending? What is now changing? What is going to benefit the leader today? Not yesterday, not a year ago, not 10 years ago, but today and tomorrow, I'm always looking for how to help my leader better her status. I'm always looking to help her create psychological safety in her nervous system so that she can take on any challenge that life or the organization faces.
Speaker 1: That is the bottom line. And this [00:19:00] is why I love what I do. And master the leadership is, is the full, fully expressed demonstration of the love I have for this discipline and the love I have for you. Dear leader for you, you're in the trenches. I admire you. I honor you. I wanna serve you cuz you're serving everyone. You're leading every day, but who's serving you, my friend, who's there to support [00:19:30] you. Who's there to say, listen, I'm here. I see you. I respect you. I honor you come and join us here where you're going to feel that safety and that security and listen to my friend, masters of leadership is nothing like you've ever seen before. That's right. That's right. I'm proud to serve you. I want for you to say yes, I'm ready. I'm ready. And I'm eager. [00:20:00] And I wanna start this program with Denise and I want to see where we go from here. So join me inside masters of leadership. I cannot wait to meet you. My friend again, show notes. You'll have details on the masters of leadership program. I call it M O L for short. You can also wait until the end of this episode so that you can hear me talk very quickly about where to find masters of leadership. All right, my friend, I'm here for you. Can't wait to meet you [00:20:30] inside the program. All right, take good care. Have a great week. Talk to you soon. Bye for now.
Speaker 1: Hey, if you enjoy listening to this podcast, you have to join me inside my exclusive coaching membership for women in leadership. Just like you. I wanna help you become a masterful leader with the help of a community of the most powerful women on this planet. [00:21:00] My membership is called masters of leadership. Yes, of course it would be called that . So whether you're a novice or a master, you have to join us. You're gonna get the support that you need and deserve inside my membership. So head over to Dr. Denise simpson.com/m O L. That website again is Dr. Denise simpson.com/o L. You deserve this, my friend. [00:21:30] So join us inside. See you soon.