In this episode of The Transformative Leader Podcast, I’m excited to bring you a powerful conversation with bestselling author, motivator, and powerhouse entrepreneur, Ruth Soukup. The discussion today is a profound one, and is about something that is a constant presence in all of our lives in one form or another: fear. “What would you do if fear no longer stood in your way?” That is the central question that Ruth set out to explore in her forthcoming book, Do It Scared®: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Obstacles, and Create a Life You Love.
In this episode of The Transformative Leader Podcast, I am excited to bring you a conversation with multidimensional leader and executive communication coach, Monique Russell. A fellow Atlanta-based leader, Monique is an authority on a wide range of leadership topics, with particular focus and expertise in effective communication strategies for leaders in the business and government sectors. Monique has taught and spoken at venues all over the globe, and places an emphasis on leadership from the inside out, emotional intelligence, and, of course, communication, all of which are invaluable aspects of being and showing up as a Transformative Leader.
The defining moments of our transformation journeys are those moments when we experience a setback or encounter an unforeseen challenge. A vision you believe in and a plan you are willing to follow are necessities to get started, but sooner or later, something happens that has the potential to take the wind out of your sails. Resilience in the face of these challenges is what separates those who conquer seemingly insurmountable odds to claim ultimate success, and those who eventually accept defeat and fail to accomplish their goals.
In this episode, Ria Story, Motivational Leadership Speaker, shares her incredible story of surviving and overcoming an abusive background to succeed despite the odds. She shares how, by being determined to thrive and empower others to do the same, she quickly went beyond mere survival and embraced leadership as a calling. You do not want to miss the valuable perspective Ria shares on resilience and authenticity, and how they are both essential elements to being an effective, empowering leader.
Like many, Ria faced adversity in life. Raised on an isolated farm in Alabama, she was sexually abused by her father from age 12 – 19. Desperate to escape, she left home at 19 without a job, a car, or even a high school diploma. Ria learned to be resilient, not only surviving, but thriving. She worked her way through college, earning her MBA with a cumulative 4.0 GPA, and had a successful career in the corporate world of administrative healthcare.