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The Art of Personal Leadership

The Art of Personal Leadership

By Emily James
The Art of Personal Leadership is a podcast by Multipliers Leadership and is hosted by it's founder and director Emily James. This podcast is a "go-to" place for leadership tips and tactics as well as personal life coaching that will move you forward into your call and purpose.
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33: Finding Your Calling & Purpose w/Emily Grabatin

The Art of Personal Leadership

56: Leading from Trust
When we look at the word trust often used in scripture, we see a very different picture of what it means to trust in God. For many of us, we think that to trust God, we have to be fully confident in that moment, but we see that our trust comes from a place of desperation so often. It's okay to be in that place and it's okay for us to lead from that place. God wants us to release what we are holding onto and have open hands to hold on to Him.
March 01, 2022
55: Leading from God's Promise
It's easy to lose sight of God's purpose and promise in our life when we are in the middle of a crisis or chaps surrounding us. In today's episode, we walk through a Psalm that promises that God's purposes will always prevail. When we keep our eyes fixed on him we will see these things come to pass.
February 11, 2022
54: Leading From God's Love
There's never enough time to talk about God's love. It's big, everlasting, and so much more than we could ever fully comprehend and yet he reveals more and more of his love to us so that we can receive it, rest in it, and reflect it to others.  Leadership has so much to do with God's love. It helps us love Him better, ourselves and others. When we lead out of the place of His love there is always transformation.  Listen in and let the love of God permeate the places of your life that need more of His love.
February 08, 2022
53: Leading from Longing
We all have longings and desires in life, in fact, we were made to crave, to "long for". It's scientific and biblical. It's part of being human. It's purposeful and yet it can be dangerous. If we are not longing for God we fill the desires or longings in our life with other things. Things that distract us and ultimately can derail us. When we live & lead from a place of longing for God we find satisfaction in life.  Today's podcast will walk us through leading from a place of longing.
February 04, 2022
52: Leading from Soul Rest
Hey friend, it's been a while! Thanks for being here. In today's episode, I share a bit about my journey over these last 8-9 months and what God has done in me. I'm always a work in progress but isn't that the beauty in it? God can make us more like him. Journey with me over 6 sessions as we dive into Psalms and refocus our leadership to those unseen hidden places. The most powerful and purposeful place of leadership is a posture before God! Let's start there.
February 01, 2022
51: The Power of Prayer
In today's episode, I have a special guest with me! Someone who I am so honoured to introduce to you and has played a huge role in where I am today because of her prayers - my mom, Karen Clarke.  I asked my mom to come on and speak on this episode because I have seen how her commitment to prayer has changed her life and the life of those around her. She is a great example of someone who believes in the power of prayer and models a life that lives by that belief. This is such a great way to end this series on Endurance. What better way to build our leadership endurance than through prayer and communion with God. POEMS MENTIONED:  "I became impatient when God's answer to my prayer was "Wait!" But He helped me plant and harvest other crops as seasons came and passed, and each left rich deposits in the soil of my life. God's time evolved at last, and the gift I asked for long ago was granted. It flourished now in soil enriched and mellowed through the years. Then I understood why God had answered, Wait."   "I knelt to pray; head bowed, eyes closed, hands folded, knees bent. But prayer did not come. My proud and independent heart, defying man's humility and need, stood still unbowed in the presence of God. And I could not pray until my heart knelt too."  - Excerpt from the book "My Heart Kneels Too" by Carolyn Rhea
April 27, 2021
50: I Need More Patience!
Patience is a common character trait we talk about but it goes undervalued in its importance on how we live our lives and lead others. Patient endurance is what God calls us to in order for us to receive His promises.  So often, where God is taking us only comes after what feels like a very long process, but how we respond, and what happens inside of us during that process is crucial for our growth.  Listen in to today's episode to hear ways we can patiently endure life's most difficult seasons.
April 20, 2021
49: True Humility
Did you know humility is rated one of the top leadership qualities?  Humility isn't a sign of weakness but rather it's a sign of strength and when we lead humble lives people see that strength. It can be easy to forget humility as we rise to the top in leadership but James reminds us in chapter 4 that those who live humble lives are those most connected to God.  In this episode of Building Your Leadership Endurance Emily gives you four practical ways to be a leader who leads with humility.
April 06, 2021
48: Leading With Wisdom
Leading with TRUE wisdom is like what they call an S.S.O.T in the business world. A "Single Source of Truth". When you are working with different systems that hold a lot of information and data it's important you know which system is your single source of truth. Why? Well, it's so that you can make important and informed decisions based on accurate and correct information. To lead with wisdom it's important to ask what or in this case WHO is your single source of truth? The only way to lead with true wisdom is to align your life with God's word and God's truth. Then you can filter the information coming at you and both lead and live with pure motives and a humble heart - the requirements for wisdom.
March 30, 2021
47: The Power of Your Words
"And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It can set your whole life on fire." - James Chapter 3  Do our words hold that much power? James warns us enough to believe that they do. So, if our words have the power to destroy they also have the power to build up.  As leaders, we must learn that both WHAT we say and HOW we say it can have an impact on the people we lead.  Are we negatively or positively impacting them? Are we using our words to affirm or to cause pain? To speak life or death? That's the power our words have. If that's true then we must learn how to be slow to speak and quick to learn and discern. The same is true in how we speak to ourselves.  Join us today as we discuss learning to discern our words and use them to bring comfort and encouragement to others! 
March 23, 2021
46: Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement
Mercy is to show kindness or compassion to someone, even to those undeserving. As Christians, we are called to show mercy as we too have been given mercy.  James gives a very clear warning in Chapter 2 that to ignore mercy and make judgements or assumptions of others would not go over well for us.  So, what does this mean for our life and leadership? Many of us skim over verses like this with the thought that we don't have any prejudiced thoughts toward people, and yet we have all probably found ourselves at some point holding on to offences, grudges and assumptions toward others.  God calls us to be people and leaders who extend Mercy, loving-kindness and compassion toward each other.  Listen in as we discuss the importance of showing mercy to one another and how that keeps us running this race well.
March 16, 2021
45: Transformational Life
In the second episode of our James study, we look at the second part of chapters 1 and 2 to discover the keys to a transformational life. As Christians, we are called to not just do and lead out of obligation but out of a life that is transformed through God's word.  Listen in to hear how we can live a more impactful life as we lead others. 
March 09, 2021
44: Strengthen Your Faith, Build Endurance
Right at the beginning of James 1 he starts off with "Consider it pure joy when you face trials". What a way to start the chapter! As we continue to read we see an emphasis placed on both faith and endurance as vital ingredients for overcoming trials. In fact, strengthening our faith and building endurance are the very reasons that James tells us to consider it joy.  Could our trials and hardships be the very thing we need to build our leadership endurance?  Tune in to today's podcast to hear why faith AND endurance are needed in leadership and how we can strengthen both!
March 02, 2021
43: Do You Live By Faith or Fear?
Fear isn't an emotion we should fear. In fact, fear is a natural and normal response. It's an emotion that can warn us against danger. Fear becomes unhealthy when we let it consume our life or hinder us from moving forward.  God did not give us a spirit of fear, rather he gave us one of sound mind. We often feel stuck when we let fear win in our life. It's time to take back our life and live with unwavering faith and trust in God.  In the last episode of our Reclaiming Your Life Series we talk about one of the main obstacles to living our full potential and how we can work through our fear to a life of faith!    **If you enjoyed this episode or any from the Reclaiming Your Life Podcast series, then check out our Reclaiming Your Life Coaching Program at
February 16, 2021
42: Where do you start?
"Where do I begin?". This is the question I hear so often when people have gone beyond the discovery and development phase and then get stuck. The activation phase of our dreams and goals can leave us feeling like there's a large staircase in front of us. We know we need to get to the top but are overwhelmed by how far away it feels.  So, ow do you we get there? One step at a time, one day at a time.  On today's episode we talk about how starting small propels us to finish well!
February 09, 2021
41: What's Your Mission?
Mission statements are common to organizations, and if you are a leader in some capacity or have worked or volunteered for an organization you would be familiar with the concept.  Have you ever considered writing one for your life? As leaders, but more importantly as believers we are to live on mission, so why not create a mission statement for your life? Even our own lives need direction, purpose and vision.  There are a lot of rules, and formats to follow for creating an organizational statement but I want you to throw those out the window, and follow along as we walk through a life mission statement and write out what God has already placed on your heart! Start today, and gain a greater and more clear perspective of your life!
February 02, 2021
40: Discover Your Calling As A Leader
You have been equipped with everything you need to fulfill the purpose and calling on your life but sometimes we don't have a clear understanding of what that looks like. This podcast will walk you through a process that will help you discover how and what God has created you to do.
January 26, 2021
39: How Surrendered Are Your Plans?
Here's the big question this week: How surrendered are your plans?  There are two kinds of people: the ones with no plan, and the ones that live by plan! I believe a surrendered plan is somewhere in the middle! We can often hold on so tightly to our goals, or those five year plans that we miss when God wants to take us in a different direction. We often become disappointed and complacent because it didn't happen the way we thought it would.  It's possible to make plans, have goals, while also being ready, flexible and available so God can show us even greater plans!  Tune in to today's episode to find out more!   **If you enjoyed this episode or any from the Reclaiming Your Life Podcast series, then check out our Reclaiming Your Life Coaching Program at
January 19, 2021
38: How Big Are Your Dreams?
Do you believe God has big dreams for you?  How do you go from having dreams to making them a reality? In this first episode of our Reclaiming Your Life series we talk about what needs to be part of any God-given dream. These are your first steps to living out the dreams and purpose God has for you. Begin here, discover, believe and do the very thing that is on your heart.   **If you enjoyed this episode or any from the Reclaiming Your Life Podcast series, then check out our Reclaiming Your Life Coaching Program at
January 12, 2021
37: Identity: Begin Here w/Lorie Hartshorn
This podcast discussion will change your life!  We are ending our Stories that Empower series with Lorie Hartshorn , Host of 700 Club Canada. In this podcast, Lorie encourages us to understand the very foundation of our leadership and life. Everything  begins here with understanding our identity in God. What we do must come from knowing who we are. Lorie does an exceptional job of sharing biblical truths of our identity and reminding us of the power we hold in Jesus Christ.  Although this podcast ends our Stories the Empower Series it also sets the tone for everything we have journeyed through during these 12 weeks. This is an episode you will want to listen to over and over again.
December 01, 2020
36: Leadership and Communication w/Joanna la Fleur
“Digital-first, not digital-only” - Joanna la Fleur.  On today's podcast, Joanna la Fleur - Speaker, Podcaster, TV Co-Host, and Communications Consultant - shares how our communication is an important part of defining who we are and what we do as an individual or an organization. We all have a message and story that needs to be heard, and Joanna helps us to see why it’s critical to find creative and impactful ways of communicating it.  Joanna has come alongside individuals, churches, and organizations empowering them in this digital world to rise above the noise and communicate straight from the vision. Whether you are an individual looking to communicate your story and testimony, a church who desires to have a greater reach to share the Gospel message or an organization developing their brand, Joanna has something for everyone! Connect with Joanna:
November 24, 2020
35: Transforming Culture w/Jason Persaud
In a time where it seems the world is divided, and people are hurting, how can we as leaders and the church be a united front? What are the conversations we need to have, and what is the internal work we need to do?  On today's podcast Jason Persaud, founder of The Culture Changers Movement helps us understand biblical justice so we can impact culture with the love of Jesus.  As leaders, the culture we create is so important to the team we lead, and the people we influence. Let's create a culture where people feel seen, heard and loved! Connect with Jason: Instagram: @theculturechangers
November 17, 2020
34: The Importance of Emotional Health w/Brenda Drost
"We need to be more about the heart and less about the performance." - Brenda Drost On today's podcast Brenda Drost, Pastor, Speaker, and Content Creator, reminds us how being aware of our own emotional health is crucial to the health of the people we lead and the relationships we have. She encourages us that as leaders it's important to model authenticity and vulnerability in our leadership so we can create a culture of good emotional health.  Listen in for some key practical ways of understanding, expressing and keeping our emotions in check! Connect with Brenda:
November 10, 2020
33: Finding Your Calling & Purpose w/Emily Grabatin
On today's podcast, Emily Grabatin, author of Dare to Decide encourages listeners to believe that each one is created for a unique purpose in Christ. She shares her journey of leadership from feeling stuck and unfulfilled to finding purpose as a Life Coach. Now she is mentoring and coaching people to truly discover their calling.  If you have ever felt discontented in life, experiencing a waiting season, or wondered what is next for your life then you don't want to miss this episode! Emily's testimony and what she has learned over the years will bring you much clarity and peace as you pursue your purpose. Connect with Emily: Learn more about the book: Instagram: @emilygrabatin
November 03, 2020
32: Leading by Faith w/Sajanth Mohan
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Jr.  Leadership without faith is like vision without a mission, you might see it but you won't go anywhere. True leadership requires faith because it will take us beyond our comfort zone and beyond ourselves. We will be required to take steps we never saw or expected, or may not even understand, but that's where rely completely and fully on God. He can do more than we could ever imagine.  Sajanth Mohan, Founder of the School of Evangelists and Faith In Action shares with us his testimony of how one women's faith changed the trajectory of his whole family's life. Now there is no turning back for him. He is consistently stepping out in faith believing God has more for him than he ever thought possible! Connect with Sajanth: Instagram - @sajanth
October 27, 2020
31: A Life of Surrender w/ Melinda Estabrooks
God has called each one of us for a unique purpose. Not one of us is without gifts, and not one of us is without opportunities to use those gifts towards our purpose. That being said, our response must come from a place of surrender - a surrender to God's will for our lives. It's in that place, that God releases us into the fullness of his purposes for us!  In today's episode, Melinda Estabrooks - Host of See Hear Love, shares with us her journey to leadership. It wasn't always easy, but the more she surrendered, the more God used her in even greater ways! Connect with Melinda:
October 20, 2020
30: The Importance of Physical Health w/Katrina Santiago
It's a topic that's rarely discussed when it comes to leadership but do you know that our physical health can play a part in how effective we can be as a leader? It's not about looking a certain way or doing a certain amount of exercise. It's about being the best version of you, and that includes body, mind and soul!  Katrina Santiago, Health and Fitness Coach shares how she learned the importance of prioritizing her health and is now empowering others to live healthy lifestyles! Connect with Katrina: Instagram:
October 13, 2020
29: Leading Through Crisis w/Brendan Witton
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King Jr.  Leading through crisis doesn't have to feel chaotic. It is possible to lead well through it. As leaders, it's important that we are honest and transparent as we lead others in times of crisis.  Pastor Brendan, Lead Pastor of Toronto City Church knows the importance of navigating crisis with teams as he has navigated this year with both leaders and those in his congregation. Hear what he's learned about leading through crisis. Connect with Brendan: Instagram: @brendanwitton
October 06, 2020
28: Building Quality Relationships (Become a Master Networker) w/Agathe Daskalides
What comes to mind when you think of networking? For many of us, it's about going to an event, conference or social, making small talk, getting business contacts and getting out of there! Agathe Daskalides, Founder of Network2Networth is teaching people all over the globe that networking is so much more than obtaining a business card! It's all about people and quality relationships.  In today's podcast, she shares her secrets to building lasting and beneficial relationships and why it's critical to your life and leadership! Hear some of the key concepts that she teaches in her Networking Masterclass right here on the podcast!! Find Agathe on Social: Instagram: @network2networthinc  Facebook: network2networth
September 29, 2020
27: Bold Moves, Bold Leadership w/Cheryl Nembhard
On today's podcast, we welcome Social Justice Advocate, Author and Speaker Cheryl Nembhard. Her story is one that will empower you to be brave and bold. This episode will motivate you to lead fiercely, know who you are in Jesus, and stop being held back by what others say or think about you! Cheryl lives and breathes what she speaks and her boldness will inspire you to take big steps of faith in your God-given calling!
September 22, 2020
26: Leading with Influence with Esther Lysakovsky
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adam.  On today's podcast my guest, Esther Lysakovsky lives and breathes that truth! Listen in as she shares her powerful story, and why influence is not always what we think it is!  Esther is the Senior Advisor at Alpha Canada, residing in Nova Scotia with her husband and two boys. She is living each day inspiring others with her passion to love God and love others!
September 15, 2020
25: Three Things 2020 Has Taught Me About Leadership
Did you know that even the most difficult seasons in our life can bring about the deepest revelations and greatest growth? On today's podcast, I share with you three things that 2020 has taught me about leadership!
September 08, 2020
24: Living as an Overcomer
Now, what!? We've discussed how to overcome obstacles in our lives that hold us back so where do I begin? That's the question that so many of us ask. In this episode, we talk about three ways to live life as an overcomer!
September 02, 2020
23: Overcoming Disappointment
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the disappointments of life? It's easy to start feeling hopeless when you face one after another. The good news is, there is always hope!  Listen in today as Emily discusses how to let go of the things that deepen disappointment and turn toward the one who overcame it all.
August 18, 2020
22: Overcoming Offense
On today's podcast, I am so excited to have my husband, Earl James on as we get real and raw about overcoming the grip of offense. Holding on to offense often keeps us in more bondage and pain than even those who offended us in the first place. Let's get rid of it. A lot to learn in this episode!
August 11, 2020
21: Overcoming Self Doubt
Understanding your true identity is the key to overcoming self-doubt. When you understand more of who God says you are you rely less on your own interpretation of yourself. Overcoming the labels, and shame of the past is often the greatest obstacle on your way to freedom.  Brenda Drost says "he can only heal what we are willing to reveal".  On today's podcast special guest, Brenda Drost gets real about overcoming negative beliefs and walking in your true identity in Christ.  - Interview from 7 Days to Freedom series.
August 04, 2020
20: Overcoming Fear
Is there such a thing as a good fear? Does fear mean it's not God's purpose? In this interview with 700 Club Canada Co-host, Lorie Hartshorn, we discuss answers to those very questions and how you can move from fear into a life of faith!  (Interview from 7 Days to Freedom series)
July 28, 2020
19: Overcoming Rejection
How do you find acceptance in the midst of the pain and hurt of rejection? Is it even possible? On today's podcast, we discuss the limiting beliefs associated with rejection and how you can walk in freedom from the thoughts that hold us back when facing rejection.
July 22, 2020
18: Inspirational Leadership
Do you know inspirational leadership is less about you and more about the ones you are leading? Whether you are leading in your home, workplace, church or ministry if you aren't inspiring than you are managing. In today's episode we discuss how to inspire those around us and make a difference in their lives.
July 07, 2020
17: The Jesus Model
Do you want to be the best leader you can be? Then learn from the one who set the foundation of true leadership- Jesus. How did Jesus lead and how does it apply to your leadership? Find out on today's episode!
June 30, 2020
16: Productivity Part 3: Greater Perspective
This is a three-part series on how to be more productive in your life and leadership. In this episode, we discuss how our perspective shifts our productivity. Having the right perspective will empower us to move into our purpose.  Here are three ways you can have a perspective that leads to productivity!
June 23, 2020
15: Productivity Part 2: Making Progress
This is a three-part series on how to be more productive in your life and leadership. In this episode, we discuss how to make progress. Once we have the plan in place we need to be productive in implementing our plans.  Here are three techniques that will equip you to ensure your plans are progressing!
June 17, 2020
14: Productivity Part 1: The Key to Planning
This is a three-part series on how to be more productive in your life and leadership. In this episode we discuss how important planning is to our productivity. It seems like a simple concept and yet so many of us neglect to plan well. Here are easy ways to plan well and become a "more productive" you!
June 09, 2020
13: Responding to Fear and Crisis
It's one thing to overcome fear for yourself, and another thing to help lead people through fear but what about dealing with fear and leading through a crisis? It doesn't have to be difficult. In this episode we talk about how to deal with fear in our life and lead others well through crisis.
June 02, 2020
12: Building Confidence as a Leader
Confidence is so important to how we lead ourselves and other people. Do you know there are practical steps you can take right now to build your confidence as a leader? In this episode we will look at six practical ways to grow in your confidence as a leader!
May 26, 2020
11: The Importance of Contentment
Comparison robs us of our joy...contentment leads us into purpose and promise. Which path do you want to be in? Learn the everyday tools we can use to live a content and full life.
May 11, 2020
10: Becoming a Better Leader
Five elements in your life you can use right now to better your leadership and strengthen yourself and those you are leading.
May 04, 2020
9: Release Stress, Renew Your Mind
Our own personal renewal is critical to our ability to lead and lead well. Here is a plan that can lead you on a path of renewal and help you move towards rest and not stress.
April 27, 2020
8: Discover Your Calling As A Leader
You have been equipped with everything you need to fulfill the purpose and calling on your life but sometimes we don't have a clear understanding of what that looks like. This podcast will walk you through a process that will help you discover how and what God has created you to do.
April 14, 2020
7: Bold Leadership
The best leadership is bold leadership, and it doesn't look like what you think it does! In this podcast, you will learn four important leadership characteristics that will equip you to lead with Boldness.
April 03, 2020
6: How Important Are Your Thoughts?
In this episode of Multipliers Minutes, Emily talks about how everything that happens to us in leadership begins with our thoughts. We can lead others better by simply changing the way we think. As leaders, it is so important that we understand this foundational truth because it will most certainly shape how we influence people and the effectiveness of our leadership.
March 23, 2020
5: Leadership 101
Are you getting started in your leadership journey and want to know the foundations of whether you are leading well? Listen as Emily discusses the 3T's of leadership, an easy way for you to evaluate your leadership.
February 19, 2020
4: Conflict Resolution
In this episode we discuss a 5 steps leader’s guide for effective conflict resolution.
February 19, 2020
3: Developing a Mentorship Model in Your Organization
In this episode of Multipliers Minutes we discuss an important topic that is often overlooked in organizations and teams- mentorship! An easy, affordable and empowering tool that has a lot of benefits to moving your team forward and enhancing your leadership.
February 19, 2020
2: Creating a Personal Mission Statement
In this episode we are going to talking about making a mission statement for our personal lives. Gain an understanding of your goals, passions and how it encompasses your entire life. Learn more about Multipliers Leadership at
February 19, 2020
1: Emotional Health & Why it's Important to Your Organization
In this episode we discuss emotional health and why you need to think seriously about it within your organization. This is a great topic for anyone leading within an organizational context.
October 07, 2019