ADVANCE: Take Your Next Step with Mike Acker

Ep 35 | Hacking Executive Leadership with Emily Sander

August 23, 2021 Mike Acker Season 1 Episode 35
ADVANCE: Take Your Next Step with Mike Acker
Ep 35 | Hacking Executive Leadership with Emily Sander
Show Notes


Many of us aspire to be promoted and move up the corporate ladder, at one point or another in our lives. But what does it take to get to the top? Is there a specific career strategy you can follow to get yourself promoted?

In this episode of the Advance Podcast, Mike speaks with author and leadership coach Emily Sanders about getting to the top of the leadership structure at your company. Emily discusses her book, Hacking Executive Leadership, shares how she landed the idea for the book and what she wants to convey through the same. We also learn adaptability, having the right lens to view things as a leader, and Emily’s three circles concept that helps you stay cool in the most challenging times. Listen in!


What is the idea behind hacking executive leadership?


Everyone is their own person, and they have their own set of experiences. Hacking into what unlocks the next level of leadership for every one is going to be unique. You have to hack your own code, and go into the matrix. This is the general idea behind hacking executive leadership.

Why do people want to be an executive or a top level leader, at a company that they might work at?


There are many motivations for that. Some people want to be able to say that they are at that position, some other people want to serve their team better -  take them to the next level, or they could be ambitious and want responsibility and power.

What do you mean by the concept of swizzle?


The concept of swizzle revolves around adaptability. Every person is different. Every stage or opportunity is different. Your ability to adapt makes you the best at whatever you do.

Why do you think adaptability is so important for the executive leader?


As you move up, you get more difficult and complex problems to solve in your career.  Nothing gets to your desk without some really smart people working on getting it there. So you have to think creatively and draw on different resources that you have from all areas of your life. The concept of swizzle revolves around taking lessons from the different areas in life and applying it when you need to in any other area.

What does it mean to have the right lens as a leader?




●      Video - Adaptability by General Stan McChrystal

●      Person - Floyd Mayweather, champion boxer




Book - Hacking Executive Leadership by Emily Sanders


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