Patrick Flesner on Podcasts

Podcast Appearances

Patrick Flesner has had the honor of participating in numerous esteemed podcasts, offering his insights and experiences related to business growth and leadership development. Featured here are only a few of the most engaging conversations that he cherishes.

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Deep Leadership

Jon S. Rennie's Deep Leadership podcast is among the most downloaded leadership podcasts worldwide. With Jon, I've discussed:


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The Leaders Who Care

With Marian Temelkov, I had a wonderful conversation on his The Leaders Who Care podcast. Our conversation went around the following topics:

  • the discoveries that led me to write The Leadership House book,
  • why the command-and-control leadership style does not work anymore,
  • servant leadership and inclusive leadership,
  • how to build a strong team, how to set up the team for success, and how to ensure teams execute their plans,
  • whether a strong team or trust is the basis of effective leadership,
  • the RESPECT framework for building trust,
  • why not being transparent entails mistrust in the leader,
  • why a leader without followers is just a person taking a walk in the park,
  • the prerequisites of a healthy culture (purpose, vision, behaviour, and truth in leadership),
  • why leaders must enjoy being a leader in order to be an effective leader, and
  • how family businesses can deal with leadership from a business succession perspective.

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Leaders of Transformation Podcast

Nicole Jansen's Leaders of Transformation Podcast is constantly on the lists of the best leadership podcasts. It has been a great pleasure to talk with Nicole about effective leadership and The Leadership House framework. We've particularly explored: 


  • what is leadership,
  • the eight elements of the leadership house, 
  • why leadership is something to be earned,
  • why growing businesses is first and foremost about leadership,
  • the difference between responsibility and accountability,
  • the important distinctions in vertical and horizontal accountability,
  • that purpose, vision, and values must be aligned to trigger the desired behaviours and create a healthy culture,
  • why leaders do not have to have all answers and to know the way,
  • that great leaders ask great questions,
  • that great leaders build leaders, not followers,
  • indicators of poor leadership
  • that results achieved or not achieved are a good indicator for your leadership capability, 
  • the RESPECT framework for building trust,
  • how to restore trust after it’s been broken, and taking action. 


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Leading For Sustainable Growth Interview At The 2023 Cosmic Conference

In this interview for the 2023 Cosmic Conference in Dubai, Marilyn Zakhour and I talk about the following topics relating to both leadership and growing businesses: 


  • what is the difference between growing and scaling a business,
  • whether and when to prioritise speed over efficiency,
  • what is a gratitude folder and how can it help you overcome leadership self-doubts,
  • how to measure product/market fit,
  • the power of incremental improvements,
  • whether to bootstrap or raise venture capital,
  • how to choose the right investor,
  • that there are no divorce clauses in investment agreements,
  • net promotor score,
  • leadership debt,
  • the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset,
  • what should be on all leaders' dashboards,
  • the importance of good decision-making processes,
  • that we shall not judge our decisions from the results they generate,
  • that building trusting relationship is one of the most important skills every leader needs to have,
  • how to know what kind of involvement is required from a leader (the leadership scale),
  • what makes a great strategy, and
  • what is the best strategy execution book.


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Productivity Mastery

My friend Stoyan Yankov invited me two times to his great Productivity Mastery podcast. In the first session, we discussed FastScaling and how to build and scale new ventures. In the second session, we talked about how to become a highly effective leader and impact humankind. Here a few topics we talked about: 


  • for whom I have written The Leadership House,
  • the elements of effective leadership,
  • the three overarching topics of effective leadership (team building, setting up teams for success, and execution),
  • why leaders should celebrate team members who admit having made a mistake,
  • why trust can ignite growth like mistrust can bring growth to a hold,
  •  the RESPECT framework for building trust,
  • the importance of honesty,
  • truth in leadership,
  • why leadership is not about making friends,
  • why strong skills are required but/and not enough,
  • what founders prevent from becoming effective leaders,
  • the importance of effective communication,
  • the typical leadership challenges,
  • hard skills vs. soft skills (the human side of things),
  • servant leadership,
  • the difference between vulnerability and incompetence, 
  • effective leaders have to do the hard things if they are the right things, 
  • why building a strong team requires more than having the right people in the right roles, and
  • that effective leadership is also about results.


Genius Leadership

Founders are visionaries whose passion and drive create amazing and valuable things in this world. But are vision and drive enough for building massively valuable businesses? Together with Anna Liebel, I discussed on her Genius Leadership podcast what it takes to become an effective leader. Some of the topics we covered are:



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Startup Insider (in German)

Anna-Lena Kümpel and I discussed various elements of the Leadership House framework and delved deep into the question how startup founder can transition from founder to leader.

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