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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

May 14, 2020


Climbing the corporate ladder and stepping into your role as a leader requires some self-reflection. Today’s guest, Measurable Leadership Growth & Perception Coach, Carry Metkowski, knows that better than anyone.


As Forbes Coaches Council contributor and TedX speaker, Carry Metkowski has over 15,000 hours of coaching under her belt. After taking a leap into corporate life as a mother, she quickly uncovered a passion and knack for leadership development. Through her perception coaching program, she offers a unique way for leaders to bolster their self-awareness, overcome roadblocks all while developing as individuals.


In today’s episode, find out what she’s learned from her extensive career as a leadership coach. She shares the importance of vulnerability as she talks navigating the corporate landscape. Get her advice on stepping into your role as a leader and why vulnerability is key for personal development and team building.


Key Takeaways:

  • How Carry Metkowski became a leadership coach convert.
  • How she is working with leaders through perception coaching.
  • Advice for middle management and climbing the corporate ladder.

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Episode Timeline:

  • [00:01] Intro
  • [00:41] Meet Carry Metkowski
  • [03:58] Starting her corporate career after becoming a mother
  • [07:09] Getting her start in leadership development
  • [08:48] Making the most out of opportunities
  • [10:53] Going with the flow
  • [11:21] Mental blocks in women
  • [14:59] Her work with perception coaching
  • [17:54] Increasing self-awareness and working with feedback
  • [21:49] Helping your team perceive changes in a leader
  • [22:43] The importance of vulnerability
  • [24:29] The leadership gym mental model
  • [28:27] What changes she’s witnessed in her clients
  • [30:36] Advice for climbing the corporate ladder
  • [34:05] Building a grid to understand the landscape as a leader
  • [37:04] Self-improvement without loss of self
  • [39:29] What changed her opinion about coaching
  • [40:50] Her mission and hopes for the future of leadership
  • [42:52] Contacting Carry
  • [43:44] Outro


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Standout Quotes:

  • “Sometimes you feel like everything is happening to you. What would happen if this leadership topic made them feel like it was happening for them? And pressurized them in such a way they felt internally their resources were big enough to face what was coming at them? And not just big enough but more than enough.” -Carry Metkowski [07:36]
  • “As soon as you see how people see you, you can get really more adept at dialing yourself just a little bit so that you're just that more effective.” -Carry Metkowski [16:36]
  • “It's really wise to pay attention to not only words but watch what they praise and watch what they call out ‘cause that lets you know what they actually care about.” -Carry Metkowski [33:09]




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About Cathleen:  


As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!

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 you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  

At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.  

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 female leader herself, she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.


Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!


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About Carry Metkowski 


Carry is a leadership coach and author who helps managers and leaders cultivate influence to establish an exceptional workplace. She is a recent addition to Forbes Coaching Council and serves on their Expert Panel.  


Before starting Carry Metkowski, Carry worked for 17 years as a business and product development leader, helping New York Best Selling Authors and several Fortune 500 companies create leadership development programs. She now coaches top professionals on how to create measurable leadership growth under her own brand.  


When she’s not coaching, Carry enjoys commercial film production and uses her smoker for backyard barbecues.