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Influential Leadership (Dr. Ann Weinacker)

  • Episode #8

In this episode, Dr. Ann Weinacker highlights the difference between influential and authoritative leadership. She opens up about her struggles with Imposter Syndrome and shares insight on graciously accepting and applying feedback from those you lead.

Welcome to To Lead Is Human. This show helps listeners envision how they can uplevel their leadership and shape cultures of accountability, respect, and candor.

Dr. Ann Weinacker has been a practicing physician with specialties in Pulmonology and Critical Care for more than 30 years.

“I’ve done leadership courses, I’ve had coaching help. I think that one of the things that I have learned is to ask questions, and then stop talking and listen to the answers.”

Dr. Ann Weinacker

Dr. Ann Weinacker currently serves as the Senior Vice Chair of Medicine for Clinical Operations; Associate Chief Medical Officer, for Patient Care Services; and the Chief Physician Executive of Stanford’s Risk Management Department (The Risk Authority) at Stanford University. She is also a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine and the Director of the Intensive Care Units.

Ann began her career in medicine as a nurse and nurse anesthetist before completing her M.D. at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, in 1986. In 1994, she advanced her training at the University of California where she completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship and a cardiovascular postdoctoral research fellowship.

Her strong advocacy for patient-centric care led to her being one of four leaders designated to actively design, guide, and implement strategies to improve the patient experience at Stanford.

Ann has extensive experience in clinical and administrative leadership, serving as a full-time faculty member at the Stanford University School of Medicine since 1999.

She is the recipient of numerous national honors, and editorial posts. Locally, she received the SHC Board of Hospital Director’s coveted Denise O’Leary Award for Clinical Excellence in 2008.

For more than 30 years, Sharon Richmond has partnered with C-level executives from mid-size and small, fast-growing companies who want to up-level their leadership and build companies they are proud of. Clients accelerate their leadership by embracing mindset and behavior changes, building self-awareness and self-management skills, and focusing on the three things all leaders must ensure: focus, energy and delivery.

Sharon’s purpose as an executive coach is to help leaders 10X their impact by leveraging the power afforded by their roles to build organizations that are forces for good, both economically and socially. She also advises CEOs on shaping organization culture and leading change.

Sharon has taught leadership at Stanford GSB, where she now helps leaders increase influence, manage conflict, and prepare to build high-performing teams.

To see a list of Sharon’s clients, please visit

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Sharon’s website
Dr. Ann’s profile

Guest – Dr. Ann Weinacker 
Producer – Cynthia Lamb
Executive producer – Danny Iny
Assembled by – Melissa Deal
Audio Post Supervisor: Evan Miles, Christopher Martin
Audio Post Production by Post Office Sound
Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

Music and SFX credits: 
Track Title: Escaping Light
Artist(s): Aaron Sprinkle
Writer(s): Aaron Sprinkle

Track Title: Bright Future
Artist(s): Be Still The Earth
Writer: Marshall Usinger

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To Lead Is Human

Every business leader has a huge impact on their organization. In this podcast, Sharon Richmond interviews successful leaders who have turned personal growth into tangible business outcomes. They discuss overcoming challenges, lessons learned and what helps them make a positive impact in their organization. Sharon offers insight and advice to help listeners envision how they can supercharge their own leadership by blending the art and science of leading with intention.