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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Feb 27, 2020


Meet Naily Makangu, my guest on the 18th episode of the Legendary Leaders podcast series. Naily initially trained as a software engineer until she made her move into leadership where she has won best trainer and best leader awards. Naily kicks things off talking about what good leaders look like, she highlights the importance of being visible, supporting others and putting others first, whilst ensuring time for yourself. Ultimately leaders help others to be their best and then get out of their way!


Naily takes us through the importance of creating an environment that’s fun and open to help you and your team to be the best. In fact, her vision is: “turn your life and workplace into a playground”. For Naily, her focus is on making time for family and friends, exercise and sports and being clear on what’s important to her, what she wants to achieve and what she can’t compromise on. She explains this as being central to living life on her terms and as fully as possible.


Career wise, Naily works with people in the UK and internationally in a remote way, which is enabling her to move to live in Spain to fulfil her ambition of becoming fluent in Spanish. She touches on not being afraid to say no to things that don’t fit with her too.


Naily talks about the early days and how she managed and dealt with going to college to learn software as an introvert in a male dominated environment, reminding us of the importance of turning up the way we are, and not hiding who we really are.


The Athena Managers Mastermind that Naily is running starts with helping others to understand themselves as well as core groups of behaviour in others and covers leadership theories and how to get best out of your team. The programme is run online for a period of 6 months.


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About Cathleen: 


As a trained Leadership & Mindset Coach, Facilitator and Keynote Speaker Cathleen supports high achieving but worn-out Women in Corporates create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. 

Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps people turn their careers around so that they start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the Mondays to come. 

Her proven 6-step "Legend Framework" helps Leaders go from feeling lost, lacking confidence and clarity about their career to owning their next career step, feeling at ease with themselves and others, excited about their future and able to tackle any obstacle that may get in their way. At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future. 

She works with action takers who really want to make an impact on the world around them - people who are driven by purpose. If you are a female high-achiever and you are ready to take your career to the next level whilst fully enjoying your personal life, then get in touch! 

With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a leader herself, she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development projects within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations. These are exactly the experiences that made her choose to help leaders across the world step out of the “daily hamster wheel” and into a life of purpose, inspiration and courage to live a life on their own terms. 


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About Naily Makangu 


Starting as a Software Engineer, Naily Makangu carved her own path into Interim Management, Leadership and is an award-winning Trainer. Having grown up in STEM, Naily was motivated to start Athena Leaders, a management and leadership consultancy designed to Turn your life and workplace into a playground. Athena Leaders specialises in turning around struggling projects and organisations by bringing knowledge, positive attitude and laughter to clients. You can sleep better knowing that your organisational challenges are being handled and your teams are being re-energised. 


Naily’s mission is to support the development of strong leaders in the STEM industry. As such, she is kicking off Athena Managers Mastermind, an online programme that will help you understand yourself, understand others and adapt leadership principles to get the best out of your team. This knowledge will empower you to turn your workplace into a playground. 


Athena Managers Mastermind

6-month Mastermind programme designed to teach you  how to decode people  so that you can  turn your workplace into a playground


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Get in Touch with Naily

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