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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Jan 3, 2023

 Do you want to foster an environment of collaboration, care, and creativity? To inspire others with a culture of excellence while leading with purpose and passion? To transform from a Boss to a Leader, you must move past what you want to with a WE mentality about what your Team needs to work collaboratively. 

In this Episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Kyle McDowell, a Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Leadership Coach. He is widely known for his inspiring approaches to transforming Bosses into Leaders and reshaping corporate cultures. In his book, ‘Begin With WE’, Kyle shares ten guiding principles needed to build and sustain a culture of excellence. The book is for anyone who recognizes the cultural dysfunction plaguing the workplace and wants to BE the cure. 

Listen in to learn the value of leading with relatability, and authenticity to create an environment of trust, and encourage your Team to follow your example. You will also learn how to embrace the challenge, own your mistakes, and make room for improvement.   


This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalogue of leadership and professional development programs, unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.  

Key Takeaways: 

  • How to Lead with relatability and authenticity to encourage your Team to follow your example. 
  • Why we should aspire for excellence instead of perfection as Leaders to leave room for mistakes and improvements. 
  • How aligning around principles, establishes foundational beliefs that dictate and guide us regardless of the situation. 
  • How obsessing over details is excellence that sets the standard for your personal brand and company’s brand. 

Episode timeline: 

  • [1:13] Intro 
  • [5:51] Kyle talks about his career journey, being a sociology student, and developing the WE principle. 
  • [14:32] Why he’s passionate about authentic Leadership rather than being a Boss. 
  • [16:34] The qualities of a Leader versus a Boss/Manager, and why anyone can be a Leader. 
  • [21:40] How to build trust with your Team, by doing the right thing always and leading by example. 
  • [24:39] Why you should lead in a way that you expect your team to act and follow. 
  • [27:34] How embracing challenges creates an environment of trust and improvement. 
  • [39:51] Why we should recognize our mistakes, own them, and identify a chance for improvement. 
  • [51:52] The difference between a culture of excellence and perfection and why we should aspire to be the former. 
  • [55:00] Kyle, on why he’s planning to be vulnerable and introduce his principles in a personal setting. 
  • [59:30] Why we should care about what’s right, rather than being right as Leaders. 
  • [1:07:52] How Kyle identified the ways he was treated and led, that didn’t bring the best out of him by former bosses. 
  • [1:13:36] He explains when he “hit the wall” in his corporate career and the lessons he learned from it. 
  • [1:24:12] He describes the cheerleaders in his life and where he first learned about Leadership. 
  • [1:27:27] Why we obsess over details and leave no room for errors. 


  • “The business world is hungry for real talk, for authentic leaders and leading with principles instead of lofty mission statements that don’t mean anything to anyone.”- Kyle McDowell [13:36]    
  • “Never expect anything of the team that you wouldn’t expect of yourself.”- Kyle McDowell [25:50] 
  • “If you have relatability and authenticity, trust naturally follows, and that’s something people will gravitate towards, and those in your leadership sphere will rally behind you and for you.”- Kyle McDowell [27:08] 



Find | Kyle McDowell

On Business Website: 
On LinkedIn: 
On Instagram: @kylemcdowellinc   
Book: Begin With WE 
Bio: Kyle McDowell Inc. is the parent company of author, speaker, and leadership coach Kyle McDowell. Kyle is widely known for his inspiring approaches to transforming business executives into real leaders, while reshaping corporate cultures.  

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Find | Cathleen Merkel 
On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel 
On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching 
On LinkedIn: @CathleenMerkel 
About Cathleen Merkel:   

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 have 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’ – was Cathleen 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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