Influence & Impact for
Female Leaders 

A podcast from Carla Miller

Ep 36 - Returning from parental leave with confidence with Lizzie Martin

Feb 21, 2021

In this episode of the Influence & Impact podcast for female leaders I’m chatting to Lizzie Martin of Work Life Mother about how to return from parental leave with confidence and how as leaders we can support parents with this transition.

We talk about how you can prepare for your return, negotiation with your line manager, the skills we learn from parenting, and getting yourself back in the work mindset before you return. 

Lizzie is an executive coach, a former senior leader of 10 years within the retail space, mother to two sassy daughters, and founder of Work Life Mother. For the past 3 years, she has been working with individuals and organisations providing parental transition coaching - aimed to support any professional returning from a period of parental leave so that they can come back to work with confidence and impact.

Lizzie says “It was when I was on my first maternity leave that I truly understood the complexities of returning to work as a new...

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Ep 35 - When you're promoted above your peers

Feb 14, 2021

Leadership is a delicate balance at the best of times, but no more so than when you’ve been promoted above your peers.  You may be experiencing all sorts of emotions, imposter syndrome could be in overdrive and in practical terms this is an awkward transition to manage. 

Whether you are friends with your new direct reports or have experienced tension with them in the past there are things you can do to make this transition smoother.  In this episode of the Influence & Impact for female leaders podcast I share practical tools and insights for managing your own emotions, holding honest conversations with your direct reports and creating your new team culture.

The doors to Influence & Impact, my 12 month group coaching programme for female leaders are now open.  Join me to tackle self-doubt, become brilliant at influencing and make more impact at work.  Find out more here

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Ep 34 - Career lessons I've learned from 25 years of working

Feb 07, 2021

 I had a moment of feeling old this week when I realised that I’ve been working for 25 years now!  I like to think I’ve accumulated some wisdom along the way and I also know I have lots of new listeners to my podcast so I thought I would share the career lessons I’ve learned from 25 years of working and share a bit about my career journey in the process. 

 This is a really honest account of the ups and downs of my career and I hope that you’ll find something in here that resonates with where you are  now. 

 I talk about believing in yourself, choosing the job that’s right for you, communication challenges, perfectionism and the downside to letting your identity be defined by your work.

 The doors to Influence & Impact, my 12 month group coaching programme for female leaders are now open.  Join me to tackle self-doubt, become brilliant at influencing and make more impact at work.  Find out...

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Ep 33 - How to stay motivated in challenging times

Feb 01, 2021

Let’s face it - lots of us are struggling with motivation at the moment.  Here in the UK we are in lockdown 3 and, even though there are plus points to working from home, the whole situation is challenging in so many ways.  In today’s episode of the Influence & Impact podcast I’m going to share how you can stay motivated in challenging times.  I’m sure you think a lot about keeping your team motivated but this one is for you.

You can now sign up for my free masterclass How To Be An Influential Leader without letting self-doubt hold you back.  Sign up here. 

 It is available until 7 February 2021 so be sure to watch it whilst you can.

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Ep 32: Why we look to others for validation

Jan 24, 2021

Like many of the female leaders I work with, I have often found myself seeking reassurance, feedback and validation from others in order to feel like I am enough.  This is something I’ve been making a lot of progress with over the last few years and I see it come up again and again in the group coaching calls within my programme so I thought it would make a good episode for the podcast.  It seems that the isolation of working from home has really exacerbated this issue for many people as well.  

In this episode of the Influence & Impact podcast, I’ll be talking about where that need for validation comes from, how it is holding us back, and the first steps you can take to stop giving your power away to other people and start getting your validation from yourself rather than others.

You can now sign up for my free masterclass How To Be An Influential Leader without letting self-doubt hold you back  It is available until 7 February 2021 so be...

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Ep 31: How To Have More Gravitas

Jan 17, 2021

This week’s episode of the Influence & Impact podcast for female leaders is all about gravitas.  What is it?  What do we need it for?  And how do we have gravitas when we need it most?

Gravitas used to be a requirement for leadership, back in the days when leadership was about telling others what to do.  It is defined as dignity, seriousness or being solemn of manner.  Leadership has evolved since then and women no longer need to act like old men in grey suits to be taken seriously as leaders.  However there are times when we have to deliver serious news or address a room full of people who intimidate us and gravitas helps with that. In this episode I’m sharing some tools you can use in those situations.

I’ve got a free masterclass for female leaders coming up later in January – How To Be An Influential Leader without letting self-doubt hold you back.  Sign up to my newsletter on the homepage to be notified when it is...

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Ep 30: Talking Redundancy and Resilience with Eleanor Tweddell

Jan 10, 2021

In this episode of the Influence & Impact podcast for female leaders I'm chatting to Eleanor Tweddell, author of the book "Why Losing Your Job Could Be the Best Thing That Ever Happened To You". 

We talk about how to thrive when you've been made redundant, from dealing with those initial emotions to making decisions about your next steps.  We also discuss how leaders who are making colleagues redundant can handle it with kindness.  Redundancy is one of life's big events and Eleanor has done a wonderful job of taking her experiences and creating a toolkit others can use.

About my guest:  Eleanor Tweddell founded Another Door when she was made redundant and had a feeling she wanted to do something other than corporate life.

She has worked for organisations such as Costa Coffee, Virgin Atlantic, Vodafone and Channel 4 - but it felt like it was time to change.  She started to get curious about what else was out there, and what else...

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Ep 29: Productivity, Leadership & Kindness with Graham Allcott

Jan 03, 2021

In this week's episode of the Influence & Impact podcast for female leaders I'm chatting to Graham Allcott, author of How To Be A Productivity Ninja. 

We talk about how we as leaders can make more space for the things that matter and what our teams need from us whilst working remotely.  We dive into what it means to lead well in this "new normal" and the power of doing less rather than more.  And we explore the role that kindness plays in leadership and how being more human as a leader is a strength.   I really enjoyed this chat with Graham and I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.

About my guest: Graham Allcott is the author of the global best-seller, "How to be a Productivity Ninja".

He is the founder of Think Productive, one of the world's leading providers of personal productivity training and consultancy. His podcast "Beyond Busy" explores the issues of productivity, work/life balance and how people define happiness in...

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Ep 28: How to be less humble with Stef Sword Williams

Dec 14, 2020

If you are more comfortable talking about your team's achievements than your own, then this episode of the Influence & Impact podcast for female leaders is a must listen! 

I am joined by Stef Sword-Williams, TEDx speaker and author of F*ck Being Humble. Stef is on a mission to change the way the world views self-promotion and encourage people to be unapologetically proud of their achievements.  I wish I had read her book 20 years ago and, in this episode, we talk about the fear of sounding stupid, how to get paid what you are worth and how to network in a digital world.

If you've enjoyed this episode check out the F*ck being Humble book  or visit for her workshops.

About my guest: Stefanie Sword-Williams is Founder of Fuck Being Humble; a mentoring platform, event series and book, that help individuals overcome the fear of self-promotion. 

In 2018 Stef set out on a mission to change the way the world views...

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Ep 27: Taking Control of Your Career

Dec 07, 2020


Gone are the days when we could rely on our line manager to recognise our potential and plan for our career development.  In fact, I think that was always a bit of a myth anyway with the majority of workplaces.  But 2020 has shown us that the only person who has the headspace to think about your career development is you.  So, today’s episode of the Influence & Impact podcast is going to help you do just that.

Whether you are happy in your role or thinking of moving on, it is a good idea to know what your next step will be and be working towards that.  And your next step doesn’t have to be upwards - it could be a sideways move, a new sector or a new work-life balance so you can spend more time with the kids or starting your sourdough side hustle.

In this episode I am going to talk you through some helpful strategies to help you create a fulfilling and successful career.  

If you haven’t done so already, please leave me a...

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