Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast is a podcast all about leadership, change and personal growth. The goal? To help you lead like never before—in your church or in your business. Carey interviews top leaders like Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, Chuck Swindoll, Brian Houston, Jon Acuff, Kara Powell, Chris Brown, Louie Giglio, Thom Rainer, Mark Batterson, Ravi Zacharias, Lewis Howes, Christine Hassler, Jenni Catron, William Vanderbloemen and many more. The podcast features a mix of well-known and everyday leaders whose insights bring tremendous value to your development as a leader. For insightful posts on leadership, change and personal growth and podcast show notes, go to www.careynieuwhof.com.

CNLP 331: Gary Thomas on How to Walk Away from Toxic People and Why the Classic Christian Response of “Just Love Them More” Isn’t Actually that Christian


Best-selling author, Gary Thomas, says it took him years to figure out that some people are just plain toxic. They don’t respond to love, to correction or to direction. Gary shares how to walk away...

Mar-31-2020

CNLP 330: Sheryl Brady on How to Lead When You Don’t Have All the Answers, When Your Faith is in Crisis, and How to Decide What Doors to Walk Through and When to Say No


Sheryl Brady leads a mega church in Dallas and has a large international ministry, but never imagined herself as a leader. Sheryl talks about her unlikely rise into leadership in her early thirties...

Mar-26-2020

CNLP Bonus 21: Crisis Leadership. Special Panel on Best Practices for Crisis Leadership and Finding Hope with Jud Wilhite, Kevin Queen and Tricia Sciortino


What do you do when you’re leading in the biggest crisis in our lifetime? In this special episode of the podcast, Carey talks to Jud Wilhite, Kevin Queen and Tricia Sciortino about the best practic...

Mar-20-2020

CNLP 328: Mark Driscoll on the Challenges at Mars Hill, His Move to Phoenix, Launching a New Church, and Why Spiritual Warfare Matters


Mark Driscoll has been in ministry over half his life. In this interview, he talks about how he became a Christian, his call to ministry, what the last five years of his life have been like, and th...

Mar-17-2020

CNLP 327: Lysa TerKeurst on How to 10x Your Audience, Craft Messages that Actually Connect with People, and Discover Which Voice You Have as a Communicator


How do you get your message heard by more people? Even 10x more people? Lysa TerKeurst shares the method she developed for writing that has helped her sell millions of books and build a deeply loya...

Mar-12-2020

CNLP 326: Adam Duckworth on Disrupting the Travel Industry, How to Motivate Your Team, and How to Create an Optimal Workplace Culture


In 2012, Adam Duckworth was a part-time travel agent who decided to strike out on his own. Within a few years, Travelmation, his new company, absorbed the company he used to work for. Today, Travel...

Mar-10-2020

CNLP 325: Susan Steinbrecher on How to Lead Change, Deal with Conflict at Work and Increase Team Engagement


Leadership isn’t getting any easier. Leadership consultant, Susan Steinbrecher, whose insights have been featured in the New York Times, Inc., and Fast Company among others, shares the keys to lead...

Mar-03-2020

CNLP 324: Claire Diaz-Ortiz on How to Find Success on Social Media, the Early Days and Current Mood on Social, and Tips for Entrepreneurial Parents


Claire Diaz-Ortiz is an author, speaker, startup advisor and investor, and one of the early employees at Twitter. Claire talks about the early days at Twitter, what no one saw coming in social medi...

Feb-27-2020

CNLP 323: Josh Gagnon on How to Chase Your Dreams Even After You’ve Been Disappointed, Keeping Hope Alive, and How to Know When (or Whether) to Finally Give Up


Having dreams is easy. Keeping dreams alive is difficult, especially in the face of rejection and disappointment. What do you do when your book proposal gets rejected, your church isn’t growing as ...

Feb-25-2020

CNLP 322: James Emery White on Why He Shut Down Multisite, the Future of Digital Outreach and How to Grow Your Church Younger As the Leader Grows Older


In an age where many churches and businesses are opening locations, James Emery White decided to close all of his…and experienced the biggest growth they’ve had in years. Jim explains why they did ...

Feb-18-2020

CNLP 321: Chris Hodges and Brad Lomenick on the Incredible Rise of Church of the Highlands, Trends in Next Generation Leadership, and How Systems and Creativity Should Work Together


Chris Hodges was an unlikely church planter. After burning out at age 38, Chris found a renewed call and planted the Church Of the Highlands, which has become one of the largest and fastest growing...

Feb-13-2020

CNLP 320: Toni Nieuwhof and Dr. Rob Meeder: A Pediatrician and Lawyer Talk About the Reasons for the Rise in Childhood Anxiety, Beating Tech Addiction in Kids and Best Practices for a Thriving Marriage in a Busy Home


Pediatrician Rob Meeder and Toni Nieuwhof—a pharmacist, lawyer and host Carey Nieuwhof’s wife,—join Carey to talk about the reasons behind the recent rise in childhood anxiety, how tech addiction i...

Feb-11-2020

CNLP 319: Craig Groeschel on What He’s Learning from His Performance Coach, How to Handle High Demand Leadership, and How to Avoid Entitlement in Leadership


In May 2019, Craig Groeschel started to experience anxiety. He hired a performance coach to help drill down on what was going on and shares his insights into what he’s learned so far and how he’s h...

Feb-04-2020

CNLP 318: Jennie Allen on How to Get the Negative Voices Out of Your Head, a Different Model for Leadership, and How to Motivate a Large Crowd


Jennie Allen never expected to be leading a massive movement involving millions of people around the world, but that’s exactly where she finds herself. She talks about how she stays grounded, what ...

Jan-30-2020

CNLP 317: Jefferson Bethke Unpacks Launching His Career on the Internet at Age 22, the Downside of Hustle, and Carving Out a Sane Pace of Life as a Leader and Parent


YouTube launched Jefferson Bethke to fame in 2012 when a video he posted got millions of views. Since then, he’s spent his entire life online, pivoting through all the changes in algorithm, platfor...

Jan-28-2020

CNLP 316: John Mark Comer on Secular Salvation, Post-Christian America and How to Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry from Your Life


John Mark Comer has become one of America’s foremost voices on post-Christian culture. In this interview, we talk about how the culture is changing, what salvation looks like when you remove religi...

Jan-21-2020

CNLP 315: Liz Forkin Bohannon on How to Stop Taking Your Weaknesses as a Leader So Personally, Why Finding Your Passion is a Lie, and the Surprising Backstory to A Very Successful Startup


Liz Forkin Bohannon is an entrepreneur who has been through all kinds of ups and downs in her ten year journey as Co-Founder and CEO of Sseko Designs, and she isn’t afraid to talk about the roller ...

Jan-16-2020

CNLP 314: Louie Giglio on How to Take the Relentless Pressure Off Yourself as a Leader, and What’s Changing in Getting People to Attend Live Events


In an era where it’s getting harder and harder to draw a crowd to a live event, Louie Giglio talks about why Passion just hosted its largest event in history, and why people still gather for some e...

Jan-14-2020

CNLP 313: Francis Chan Clarifies What’s Next For Him, Talks About the Impact of Social Media on Real People, Apologizes for the Confusion, and Talks About the Future of the US Church


Francis Chan caused quite a stir when, in late 2019, he announced he was going back to Asia. Francis clarifies what he’s actually doing, talks about the impact social media controversy has on real ...

Jan-07-2020

CNLP 312: Jordan Raynor on the Ingredients for a Successful Start Up, the Essential Qualities of a Great Entrepreneur, and Why So Much of the Career Advice People Give Young Leaders is Wrong


Jordan Raynor is a serial entrepreneur who has bought and sold several fast-growing businesses by the time he turned 30. He’s been a Google Fellow and spoken at SXSW, Harvard and TEDx. He talks abo...

Dec-31-2019

CNLP 311: John S. Dickerson on the Bias Against Christianity, How Christianity Has Made a Surprisingly Positive Contribution to History, and Why Christianity is the Opposite of Anti-Intellectual


Award-winning journalist turned mega-church pastor, John S. Dickerson, is back on the podcast to talk about why skeptics might want to rethink their suspicion about Christianity. John took his jour...

Dec-24-2019

CNLP 310: Jasmine Star on Finding Your Dream Customer, How to Reach More People By Focusing on Less, and What Drives Real Growth


Jasmine Star dropped out of law school, didn’t even own a camera, and within 4 years was one of top photographers in the world. These days as a strategist, entrepreneur and social media influencer,...

Dec-19-2019

CNLP 309: Terry Wardle on Why So Many Leaders Cave Under the Pressures of Leadership, Why Leaders Implode Morally, and How to Grieve Your Leadership Losses


Few people have impacted Carey’s personal journey as much as Terry Wardle. That’s why it’s such a thrill to bring podcast listeners this interview. Terry talks about why so many leaders cave under ...

Dec-17-2019

CNLP 308: Larry Osborne Spins Gold on How to Connect with High Capacity Leaders, Why People with Low EQ Dominate Meetings, and Why All the Traits You Hate in a Child You Love in a Leader


Larry Osborne shares 4 decades of wisdom with leaders on everything from how to connect high capacity leaders, to what to do if you wanted to make a million dollars, to questions you should ask oth...

Dec-10-2019

CNLP 307: John Ortberg and Carey Nieuwhof on Workaholism, How to Be Appropriately Vulnerable, and Finding God When Things are Bad in Leadership


John Ortberg has a brand new podcast, What Were You Thinking? Today, we flip the mic, and John interviews Carey Nieuwhof about workaholism, how to be appropriately vulnerable about your story, and ...

Dec-05-2019

CNLP 306: Sarah Piercy and Dillon Smith on How to Develop, Attract and Keep HIgh Capacity, Young Leaders, and a Backstage Look at Working on My Team


How do you develop, attract and keep high capacity, young leaders? In this episode, Carey interviews Sarah Piercy and Dillon Smith, two amazingly gifted young leaders he hired at ages 22 and 19 res...

Dec-03-2019

CNLP 305: Carlos Whittaker on Quitting Your Career Cold Turkey, Battling Anxiety, Panic Attacks and How to Move Into a Bold New Feature


A few years ago, Carlos Whittaker felt a prompting to quit his very successful career as a recording artist and worship leader to become a public speaker. Much to everyone’s surprise, that’s turned...

Nov-26-2019

CNLP 304: Chris Lema on How to Gain Traction Online and What Really Matters and What Doesn’t in Your Online Platform


Chris Lema has become somewhat of a household name in the coder and WordPress community. In this episode, Chris talks about the early days in Silicon Valley and how much the internet has changed, e...

Nov-21-2019

CNLP 303: Rebekah Lyons on How to Overcome Stress, Anxiety and Panic Attacks, and the Rhythms that Create a Sustainable Pace in Life


Rebekah Lyons, a driven, young leader who was accomplishing an extraordinary amount at home and at work, had her first panic attack out of the blue in 2011. The last eight years have taught her so ...

Nov-19-2019

CNLP 302: Steve Green on the Rise of Hobby Lobby Empire, Why Their Retail is Still Growing When Everyone Else’s is Shrinking, and How Paying Entry Level Workers Double the Minimum Wage Pays Back


What started in a garage almost 50 years ago has risen into a multi-billion dollar empire. Steve Green is the President of Hobby Lobby, and works along side his father, who founded the company. Ste...

Nov-12-2019

CNLP 301: Albert Tate on How to Add Humour to Your Talks, a Conversation About Porn and Sex, and Handling the Pressures of Leadership


Albert Tate is one of the funniest conference speakers and preachers around today. In this episode, Albert breaks down how he finds comedic moments and how to deliver them. In addition, Albert talk...

Nov-07-2019

CNLP 300: NT Wright on Why Atheism Doesn’t Need to Destroy Your Faith, on Women in Ministry, and How the Church is Getting Heaven Wrong


NT Wright is a scholar, priest and prolific author of over 80 books. In this wide-ranging interview, Tom Wright talks about how atheism doesn’t need to destroy your faith, why he still believes the...

Nov-05-2019

CNLP 299: Patrick Lencioni on His Personal Leadership Crash, How He Moved Through It, and How to Check Your Motive as a Leader


Patrick Lencioni is a widely-recognized leadership and business expert who has sold over six million books. But none of that exempts you from your own personal challenges. Today, Patrick opens up a...

Oct-29-2019

CNLP 298: Alejandro Reyes on Hypergrowth and the Keys to Great Digital Marketing and Online Influence


What makes people stand out online? How do you get noticed in a world that’s so noisy? The foundations of digital marketing are surprising…not because of how trendy they are, but because of how end...

Oct-22-2019

CNLP 297: Gordon MacDonald Shares 8 Decades of Wisdom and Life Lessons, Father Wounds, the Dangers of Drivenness, Counselling a U.S. President, and What Leaders Struggle with Between Ages 32-42 and at Age 48 and Age 62


Gordon MacDonald has written books read by millions, spoken to almost as many and has left a lasting impact on the leadership and heart of several generations. In this wide-ranging interview, Gordo...

Oct-17-2019

CNLP 296: Mark Batterson on How He Beat Overwhelm to Keep His Marriage Strong, Strategic Quitting and Continual Innovation and Why Blessing and Generosity Aren’t Tied to the Prosperity Gospel


As his career as an author and speaker took off, Mark Batterson was faced with so many requests for his time that he couldn’t keep up. The insane pace eventually led to his wife, Lora, telling Mark...

Oct-15-2019

CNLP 295: Rich Birch on Whether Multi-Site Has Peaked, What You Need to Succeed as You Add Locations, and Some of the Keys to Sustained Growth


Has the multi-site movement peaked? What’s next for church leaders and other organizations that want to expand and add locations? Few leaders understand multi-site as well as Rich Birch, and in thi...

Oct-08-2019

CNLP 294: Dee Ann Turner on How Chick-fil-A Created Amazing Customer Service and Created a Culture That Replicated It Among Tens of Thousands of Employees and Customers


Chick-fil-A may have invented the chicken sandwich, but it’s almost equally well-known for outstanding customer service. Dee Ann Turner, a long-time Chick-fil-A executive and vice president, explai...

Oct-03-2019

CNLP 293: Jeff Henderson on Why Most Organizations are Narcissistic, the New Way to Do Customer Service and the Future of Business


If a business was a person, many businesses would be considered narcissists. And narcissism is bad for business. That’s what Jeff Henderson argues in his new book, Know What You’re FOR. With retail...

Oct-01-2019

CNLP 292: Clay Scroggins on How to Lead in a World of Distraction and Turning Down the Noise So You Can Get Healthy


Clay Scroggins is back on the podcast with some fresh insights from his brand new book, How to Lead in a World of Distraction. In an open and vulnerable interview, Clay talks about how the pressure...

Sep-24-2019

CNLP 291: David Platt on Hell, Suffering, Eternity and Why the Hard Questions About Christianity Haven’t Led to His Deconversion, and What Needs to Change Among Christians to Truly Impact the World


There are so many deconversion stories away from Christianity these days. David Platt has seen some of the greatest suffering on earth and has again, recently, asked some of the toughest questions:...

Sep-19-2019

CNLP 290: Max Lucado on What Causes Happiness, How to Be Happier, and How to Know When It’s Time to Leave Leadership


New York Times bestselling author, Max Lucado, talks about how he knew he didn’t have another ten years of senior leadership in him, why his passion has shifted, what causes happiness, and how to b...

Sep-17-2019

CNLP 289: Tim Lucas on Reaching Cynical Unchurched Young Adults, Launching What Would Become a MegaChurch in an Unchurched Region, and Surviving His Brush With Burnout


Tim Lucas mentally disconnected from the church at age 14, and never expected to be back…let alone plant a church. But as a Bible study Tim and his wife led grew into a church plant, Liquid Church ...

Sep-10-2019

CNLP 288: David Kinnaman Busts Cultural Myths Too Many Leaders Still Believe, and Shares Surprisingly Good News About the Faith of Some Millennials and Gen Z.


David Kinnaman, President of the Barna Group, busts some persistent myths about people and culture too many leaders still believe. He also shares findings from his surveys of over 100,000 young adu...

Sep-05-2019

CNLP 287: J.D. Greear and Todd Wilson on Why The Future Church Is a Multiplying Church, How to Overcome a Scarcity Mindset and How to Start Reproducing Leadership


For the first time ever, Outreach Magazine has produced a list of 100 Reproducing Churches. Why? The future isn’t just in growth, it’s in multiplication if the church is going to thrive. J.D. Greea...

Sep-03-2019

CNLP 286: John Townsend on How to Rewire Your Brain to Stop the Negative Voices and the Relationships You Really Need as a Leader, and Probably Don’t Have


John Townsend is one of today’s top business consultants, leadership coaches, psychologists and best selling author of 35 books. John talks why high performing leaders experience more negative self...

Aug-27-2019

CNLP 285: Christy Wright on Overcoming the Fear of Becoming an Entrepreneur and Pro Tips on Starting and Pricing Your Business


Christy Wright became an entrepreneur at age 23 and now coaches business leaders full time in addition to podcasting and speaking on some of the biggest stages in the world. Christy shares some rem...

Aug-20-2019

CNLP 284: Marc Serrao on How to Break All the Rules And Create a New Business Model, Starting One of America’s Most Successful Bakeries and How to Create Food So Good The Lines Create Traffic Jams


How do you build a world-class bakery in a village of just six thousand people? A bakery so popular it creates traffic jams with people from across the country wanting to get in? You break all the ...

Aug-15-2019

CNLP 283: Lee Kricher and Jason Howard on the Emotions of Pastoral Succession, Why Leaders Hang On Too Long, and Why Successors Are Afraid to Talk About The Real Issues


Succession has emerged as one of the major issues facing the church in the next decade. Businesses are not that far behind in struggling with succession. Most senior pastors (especially founding pa...

Aug-13-2019

CNLP 282: Joel Manby on the Personal Cost of Leadership As CEO of SeaWorld, Saab USA and Herschend Entertainment


Joel Manby became the CEO of SeaWorld shortly after Blackfish was released – a documentary about the relationship between killer whales and their trainers at SeaWorld. Joel talks about the crucible...

Aug-06-2019