active CEO Podcast #62 Amanda Jacobs She Leads With Empathy

Amanda Jacobs She Leads With Empathy
Amanda Jacobs – General Manager Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

On this episode of the Sportspeople Recruitment active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Amanda Jacobs about She Leads With Empathy, empowering women in sport, working at the London 2012 Olympic Games and the ultimate elevator pitch. We also delve into entrepreneurship and working in corporate life, balancing family life, imposter syndrome and the 3 major ingredients to a successful Olympic Games event.

Amanda Jacobs – She Leads With Empathy

Amanda Jacobs is a champion of great ideas, engaging leadership coach for sport event professionals, and the creator of the ICC Method. She is an empathetic and creative leader, who is passionate about encouraging more women into leadership roles, empowering people through The Event Show Podcast, and spending quality time with her three young children

She has a Bachelor of Creative Arts, Theatre from the University of Wollongong, in Australia, and is a Chisholm Institute certified Trainer and Assessor. Amanda loves being involved in major sporting events with roles as Venue Manager at the 2007 World Swimming Champs in Melbourne, Event Acquisition Manager for the Victorian major Events Company, Head of City Operations Manager at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Strategic Business Management at Limelight Sports.

As a busy entrepreneur, she has founded Like Minds Create, She Leads, The Event School Global,, and in her spare time, she is the General manager of Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron.

Amanda talks about:

  • She Leads with empathy.
  • Following a pathway that she loved.
  • Her first experience with imposter syndrome.
  • The amazing experience of working at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
  • Managing multiple stakeholders under pressure.
  • Taking your own personal objectives out and thinking of the bigger picture.
  • The ultimate Elevator Pitch that led to the 2012 London Olympics.
  • Connecting people with the bigger picture.
  • The Blairgowrie yacht Squadron motto of Family, Friendship & Sailing.
  • Her key leadership strengths of empathy, creativity and collaboration.
  • Having a professional coaching appointment once per month.
  • Empowering women in sport through She Leads.
  • Females not being able to see a visible pathway to leadership.
  • “You’ve got this” through Like Minds Create.
  • Changing habits and restoring some balance in my life.
  • How do we inject more play and creativity on a daily basis?

Active CEO Performance Tip

Your Main Job Is To Develop Talent – Leadership development is a vital ingredient to company or organization success. As a leader your main job is to develop talent. How are you observing and then developing talent within your environment?  Identify, nurture, develop and challenge the talent within your organization and ensure that it is aligned to their internal motivation and purpose.


“Its all about collaboration, getting the most the skillset in that room, creating an ensemble that is high performing, understanding how that theatre show is going to connect best with the audience and a really early insight into what emotional intelligence is, and read peoples emotions and understand why they are making certain decisions.” Amanda Jacob shares her leadership lessons from theatre, on the Sportspeople Recruitment active CEO Podcast.

“When I worked out that empathy is what I lead with, that’s when I became the leader I am today, with confidence.” Amanda Jacobs discusses leading with empathy, on the Sportspeople Recruitment active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Amanda Jacobs
Amanda Jacobs LinkedIn
Amanda Jacobs Twitter
Amanda Jacobs Instagram
Amanda Jacobs Facebook
Like Minds Create
Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron
Craig Johns
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