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 369: Greg Atkinson on How to Grow Engagement in Online Attendance, Best and Worst Digital and In-Person Church Practices, and Improving the Church Guest Experience


Greg Atkinson returns to the podcast to talk about welcoming guests online. So much has changed since COVID hit, and Greg shares best and worst practices for engaging online and in-person guests, ...

Sep-29-2020

CNLP 366: Gordon MacDonald on The View from 80, 15 Life and Leadership Lessons After Eight Decades of Life


To mark his 80th birthday, Gordon MacDonald took some time to write down the top leadership and life lessons he’s learned so far. In this in-depth interview, Gordon unpacks all 15 lessons includin...

Sep-24-2020

CNLP 368: Chris Hogan on Broke Money Habits vs Millionaire Money Habits and How to Make Financial Progress on a Low Salary


Chris Hogan shares surprising data and insights from a 2017 study of 10,000 millionaires and the habits that made them wealthy. It’s not what you think. In fact, many never made a six figure salar...

Sep-22-2020

CNLP 367: Jim Tomberlin and Warren Bird on Future Church Attendance, the Rise of Church Mergers and What to Do If Your Church Won’t Make It


MultiSite expert Jim Tomberlin, and author and researcher Warren Bird, talk about their latest research on the future church including why attendance will be lower post-COVID, why and how church m...

Sep-15-2020

CNLP 366: Gordon MacDonald on The View from 80, 15 Life and Leadership Lessons After Eight Decades on the Planet


To mark his 80th birthday, Gordon MacDonald took some time to write down the top leadership and life lessons he’s learned so far. In this in-depth interview, Gordon unpacks all 15 lessons includin...

Sep-10-2020

CNLP 365: Cathy Heller on How to Quit Your Day Job, How to Find the Best Idea for a New Business, and Why Purpose Cures Depression


Cathy Heller’s Don’t Keep Your Day Job podcast has 15 million downloads, and she runs a multiple seven figure business from her home, but it didn’t start out that way. Cathy shares her remarkable ...

Sep-08-2020

CNLP 364: Nik Wallenda on What World Record Tightrope Walking Taught Him About How to Train in Adverse Conditions, Preparing for the Unexpected in Leadership, Overcoming Fear, and How to Revive a Dying Industry


Nik Wallenda has set numerous tightrope walking world records, including being the first man to cross Niagara Falls, and wirewalking across Times Square, the Grand Canyon and more. Nik talks about...

Sep-01-2020

CNLP 363: Jon Tyson on What the Future Church Needs to Do Post-COVID, What Leaders Missed in Rushing Back to Normal, and How to Rest Deeply in an Exhausting Era


Jon Tyson thinks the church missed a moment in rushing to get back to normal after COVID, and is perhaps missing a moment because of our response to racial reconciliation. As usual, Jon offers som...

Aug-27-2020

CNLP 362: Danielle Strickland on Dumping the Billy Graham Rule, Why Women Speakers Don’t Need to Hit Home Runs, and Spirituality That’s Way Too Heady


In a wide-ranging conversation, Danielle Strickland joins Carey in his home studio to talk about why it’s unfair to expect women speakers to hit home runs every time they communicate and why she s...

Aug-25-2020

CNLP 361: Adrian Gostick on Why Ingratitude in Leaders is Stupid, How Gratitude Leads to Better Results, and Why It’s More Important Than Ever


A lot of leaders struggle with praising their teams. That, says NYT bestselling author and leadership consultant Adrian Gostick, is a critical mistake. Not just in terms of motivating your team, b...

Aug-18-2020

CNLP 360: Bryan Miles on Why Your Team Won’t Want to Come Back to the Office, How to Lead Virtual and Hybrid Teams, and How to Motivate Your Staff


Bryan Miles has been leading virtual teams for over a decade. He shares the best practices for leading virtual teams, what the future of work might look like, how to motivate your staff, why no on...

Aug-13-2020

CNLP 359: Levi Lusko on What the Future Church Might Look Like After COVID, Adrenaline Addiction and How to Pastor People Who Don’t Live Near You


In a very transparent and honest conversation, Fresh Life Church founder and bestselling author, Levi Lusko, comes back to the podcast and talks about dealing with adrenaline letdown after COVID h...

Aug-11-2020

CNLP 358: Sam Collier on Growing Up Black in America, What it Takes to Make it in a White World, and How Whites Can Use Their Influence to Help Bring About Racial Reconciliation


Author, podcaster and pastor Sam Collier, talks about what it was like growing up in the 90s and early 2000s in Black America, what it takes to make it in a white world, and how whites can use the...

Aug-04-2020

CNLP 357: JP Pokluda on the Future of Online Preaching, What Pastors Can Learn from YouTubers, and How to Influence the Next Generation


After leading The Porch—the largest young adult ministry in America—JP Pokluda became a senior pastor of a somewhat more traditional church. He talks about how his preaching changed when church we...

Jul-30-2020

CNLP 356: Dharius Daniels on Leading with Relational Intelligence, Leadership Learned the Hard Way, and the Keys to Great Communication


Dharius Daniels is one of the best communicators in America today. In this interview, we talk about the key to excellent communication, learning leadership the hard way, and how to lead and live w...

Jul-28-2020

CNLP 355: John Eldredge on Living at an Unsustainable Pace, What Men and Women Most Long For, and How to Get Your Soul and Life Back


When John Eldredge’s Wild at Heart came out 20 years ago, it struck a chord that continues to reverberate decades later about the message men and women most need to hear. John talks about his own ...

Jul-21-2020

CNLP 354: Jo Saxton on How Leaders Fall Into Burnout, How to Come Back from It and on How to Reduce Anxiety and Stress on Your Team


“You have one body, and your leadership lives in it.” Jo Saxton had a lot to overcome from her childhood, and it caused her to become a driven leader in her thirties. Eventually, her drivenness le...

Jul-16-2020

CNLP 353: Henry Cloud on How to Stop Taking Failure Personally, How to Prevent Burnout and Become Healthier in the Midst of a Year Like 2020, and How to Change Your Thinking for the Better


Clinical psychologist, leadership expert and NYT bestselling author, Dr. Henry Cloud returns to the podcast to give a virtual master class on how to handle the stress, anxiety and overwhelm of a y...

Jul-14-2020

CNLP 352: Levi and Jennie Lusko, Albert Tate and Nicole Martin on Undoing the Legacy of the KKK and How to Navigate Racial Reconciliation with Your Team, Family, on Social Media and in Real Life


In this episode of the podcast, Levi and Jennie Lusko tell you firsthand about the backlash they received when they decided to take a stand for racial reconciliation. Levi talks about the moment h...

Jul-09-2020

CNLP 351: Nona Jones on the Best and Worst Practices for Social Media, Why Online Ministry is About More Than Streaming Content and Where Social Media is Going in the Next Few Years


Facebook’s Nona Jones returns to the podcast to talk about the best and worst practices churches and organizations use on social media, why online ministry is about more than just streaming conten...

Jul-07-2020

CNLP 350: Ryan Hawk on How to Get in the Door with World Class Leaders, Dealing with Rejection, and How to Go from Top Performer to Great Leader


Podcaster, author and speaker, Ryan Hawk, has interviewed some of the top names in leadership including Jim Collins, Seth Godin, Liz Wiseman and Gen. Stanley McChrystal. But a few years ago, he kn...

Jun-30-2020

CNLP 349: Bob Goff on Breaking Out of Safe, Dreaming Bigger Than You Think You Can and How to Make a Difference Across the Street


NYT bestselling author and recovering lawyer, Bob Goff, talks about rebuilding when your life breaks down, how to dream bigger than you ever have, and what never losing a case at law taught him ab...

Jun-25-2020

CNLP 348: Patrick Lencioni on How Virtual Teams and Events are Often Better, His Best Advice for Church Leaders and Preachers, and Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Responsibilities


Patrick Lencioni returns to the podcast to talk about how he changed his mind about leading virtual teams and hosting virtual events as a result of the crisis, how virtual can be more personal and...

Jun-23-2020

CNLP 347: Nir Eyal on How to Hook People with Your Message or Product and (Also) How to Become Indistractable


When bestselling author, Nir Eyal, wrote Hooked a few years ago, it took Silicon Valley by storm. In it, Nir explains the principles that companies and leaders can use to ‘hook’ people on forming ...

Jun-16-2020

CNLP 346: Mark Miller on Winning the Talent War, How to Develop Leaders, and How Execution Can Turn a Stuck Organization Into a Thriving Organization


Mark Miller is Vice President of High Performance Leadership at Chick-fil-A, and has spent the last two decades ensuring the growth of Chick-fil-A isn’t hindered by their supply of top talent. Mar...

Jun-11-2020

CNLP 345: Paula Faris on Why She Quit Hosting Good Morning America and The View, Decoupling Your Identity from Your Work, and What Journalism Has Taught Her About Leadership


Paula Faris got to the very top of broadcast journalism—hosting Good Morning America and co-hosting The View and then walked away. She talks about how calling and identity get unheathily fused, ho...

Jun-09-2020

CNLP 344: Scott Harrison on How to Lead Through a Long Economic Slump, How to Approach High and Low Net Worth Donors, and Finding Opportunities in the Chaos


How long will the economic slump and uncertainty last? Scott Harrison of charity: water thinks leaders should brace for a long disruption, and shares why that is. Whether you agree or not, prepari...

Jun-02-2020

CNLP 343: Nicky Gumbel on Why He Changed His Mind About Church Online, Why Online is a Better Outreach Tool Than In-Person Ministry, and How He Repositioned His Church and Alpha for Explosive Growth


Nicky Gumbel is pastor of Holy Trinity Brompton, London, one of the largest churches in the UK and pioneer of Alpha, a ministry that’s reached over 20 million people with the Gospel and a former b...

May-28-2020

CNLP 342: Ian Morgan Cron on How Your Enneagram Type Handles Stress, How to Stay Healthy in a Crisis, and the Best Approach to Dealing with Uncertainty


How does your Enneagram type handle stress and uncertainty? Ian Morgan Cron is back on the podcast to discuss how different leaders process crisis, how to get and stay healthy in the midst of an u...

May-26-2020

CNLP 341: Joel Manby with Crisis Lessons from Amazon, Saab, SeaWorld and The Great Recession


Former SeaWorld CEO, Joel Manby, returns to the podcast and opens his notebook and heart on leading from the C-Suite through numerous crises: Including his partnership with Amazon during the dot c...

May-19-2020

CNLP 340: Annie F. Downs on How to Really Connect with Your Audience, Why Production Levels Don’t Matter as Much as You Think, and How to Share More of You with the People You Lead


Annie F. Downs has seen her podcast downloads skyrocket over the last two months as millions tune in to her daily show. She talks about how to connect with your audience, how she pivoted during th...

May-14-2020

CNLP 339: Tim Keller on How to Bring the Gospel to Post-Christian America, How He’d Preach Today if He was Starting Over Again, Why Founders Get Addicted to Their Churches and Why He Left Redeemer


Tim Keller is one of America’s most renowned preachers, authors and thought leaders. Tim talks about what NYC was like when he planted Redeemer Church in 1989, how the city’s changed, how the cult...

May-12-2020

CNLP 338: Sean Morgan on How to Lead Through Unpredictability, Leadership Lessons from the Military, And How to Prepare for the New Normal


Sean Morgan shares crisis leadership insights he gained from serving in the military in the Middle East and combines them with insights he’s learned from working with high capacity leaders in grow...

May-05-2020

CNLP 337: Steve Cuss on Managing Leadership Anxiety, Spotting Unlikely Signs of Stress in Yourself, and How to Tame Your Fears in a Crisis


Steve Cuss has spent years helping leaders manage their anxiety. In this interview, he talks about how to handle the elevated anxiety you’re feeling in leadership during the Coronavirus pandemic. ...

Apr-30-2020

CNLP Bonus 22: Mike Todd Returns to Explain His Model for Online Church, Why Their Church Has Grown 10x During COVID, and How to Turn Viewers Into Engagers, Contributors, Disciples and Donors


Mike Todd is back for a second episode in a row with an update on what’s happened at Transformation Church during the global crisis. While they were already an online church before, online attenda...

Apr-29-2020

CNLP 336: Mike Todd on the Meteoric Rise of Transformation Church, Blowing Up on Social Media, and the Power of 51% Certainty in Decision Making


In 2015, Mike Todd took over as a 20-something pastor of a church of 350. Five years later, he has a million followers on Instagram, his sermons are watched a quarter million times a week and Tran...

Apr-28-2020

CNLP 335: Scott Beck and David Kinnaman Take You Under the Hood on How Better Data Leads to Better Decisions, Crisis Leadership, and What Will Help You Emerge Stronger Into the New Normal


Scott Beck was the first franchise owner of Blockbuster video, scaling that company to 5,000 stores before moving on. He’s also scaled Boston Market, Einsten Bros. Bagels and Ancestry.com, among o...

Apr-21-2020

CNLP 334: Mark Sayers on Leading Through the COVID Crisis, the Deconstruction of Consumer Christianity and Secular Salvation, and What the New World Might Look Like


Mark Sayers is one of the most profound thinkers and cultural commentators today. In this interview, Mark explains how the current pandemic almost instantly deconstructed and threatened both consu...

Apr-16-2020

CNLP 333: Ken Costa on Leading Through the Coronavirus Economic Fall Out, How to Make Decisions in the Midst of Uncertainty, Approaching Wealthy Donors in Bad Economic Times, and What’s Ahead for the Church


Ken Costa—a London-based, internationally renowned banker, author and speaker—talks about leading in the midst of the chaos the Coronavirus pandemic has done to the global financial system, what t...

Apr-14-2020

CNLP 332: Bobby Herrera on Crisis Leadership, What to Cut and What to Keep During the COVID Crisis, the Gift of Struggle and How to Plan for the New Normal


Bobby Herrera is the CEO of Populus Group, a company that supplies staff to numerous Fortune 100 companies. He talks about how struggle can be a gift, what he learned in the Army on crisis leaders...

Apr-07-2020

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 awa...

Mar-31-2020

CNLP 329: Joseph Sojourner on Navigating the Sexually Charged, Inappropriate Side of Social Media and Finding Your Voice When You’re on Someone Else’s Stage


In this episode, I talk with creative thinker, host and emcee, Joseph Sojourner about his personal journey: His diagnosis of narcolepsy, finding his own voice when he stepped onto some of the larg...

Mar-27-2020

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 thirtie...

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 practi...

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 t...

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 loy...

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, Trave...

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 lea...

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 med...

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