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Women Who Build Empires

Mar 15, 2022

Simon spent 26 years serving in the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) where he climbed the ranks of the command structure, gaining leadership lessons from his epic mistakes and wins. A believer of servant and transformational leadership, Simon retired from the RCAF to pursue new adventures and long-held passions – including hosting his own podcast titled, Trench Leadership: A Podcast From the Front.


Let’s tune in to his story!


[00:01 - 02:38] Opening Segment


  • Get to know my guest Simon Kardynal
    • Leaving the Royal Canadian Air Force to pursue new adventures and long-held passions 
  • Listen to Trench Leadership: A Podcast from the Front! 
    • Check the link below


[02:39 - 12:32] Your Leadership Balance


  • Learning the most from mistakes
  • Brand New Leader in the Air Force: An Epic Mistake Story
  • Why Simon joined the Army and the Air Force
  • Simon takes a look back at his leadership growth through the years
  • How to Find Your Leadership Balance


[12:33 - 24:13]The Method Great Leaders Use to Communicate Effectively


  • Staying in touch and keeping the friendship alive
  • What to do when you get stuck in your own little world
  • Who can be a leader?
  • Characteristics that Make a Good Leader
  • Words Matter
  • Simon shares what pushed him to start his podcast 


[24:14 - 30:09] Closing Segment


  • Final words
  • What’s on the horizon for Simon
  • Connect with my guest, Simon in the links below

Tweetable Quotes


“It can't always be lead with your heart, it can't always be lead with your brain, there has to be a middle ground.” – Simon Kardynal


“A lot of the deciding how you're going to lead is just kind of understanding the situation and the moment that you're in.” – Simon Kardynal


“I really needed to live into my passion so that I could be a passionate leader.” – Simon Kardynal




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