The All-Time Best Business Podcasts For Bosses [2014 Edition]

The best and most successful leaders and entrepreneurs in the world didn’t get to where they are today by watching TV and scrolling through their Facebook feeds during their down time. Instead, they were more intentional and proactive with their free time: they planned, they practiced, they made mistakes, and they learned.

If you’re tired of not getting to where you want to be as a boss, entrepreneur, or leader of a team, it’s time to make some changes. One good way to get the motivation and ideas you need is by listening to podcasts. If you’re ready to become a better leader, a more successful entrepreneur, or a more effective manager, start listening to one (or a few) of the podcasts we’ve included in our list below.

1. AskPat with Pat Flynn

Listen to this podcast if you want to learn more about entrepreneurship, internet marketing, audience building, passive income, blogging, list building, virtual assistants, startups, search engine optimization, email marketing and more.

2. Back to Work

Listen to this podcast if you want to learn about productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.

3. Entrepreneur on Fire with John Lee Dumas

Listen to this podcast if you want quick, actionable tips that will help motivate and inspire you to be better.

4. HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review

Listen to this podcast to learn from the best and brightest minds in management and business.

5. NPR TED Radio Hour

Listen to this podcast to take a journey through a handful of TED talks that all relate to a certain theme—like making mistakes.

6. Marketing Smarts  from Marketing Profs

Listen to this podcast if you want to learn more about how to be a successful marketer. Each podcasts includes interviews with the smartest and most successful marketers in business today.

7. Inspiring Words of Encouragement with Zig Ziglar

Listen to this podcast if you need a quick pick-me-up. It offers inspirational and motivational messages from famous speaker and author Zig Ziglar.

8. Social Pros Podcast

Listen to this podcast if you want to get more out of social media for your business. Each episode includes interviews with successful social media marketing practitioners and strategists.

9. The Lede from CopyBlogger

Listen to this podcast to learn more about copywriting, content marketing, email marketing, conversion optimization, and more.

10. Marketplace By American Public Media

Listen to this podcast to stay up-to-date on all the business news happening in the U.S. and around the world.

11. Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders from Stanford

Listen to this podcast to hear from various entrepreneurs in different industries. These podcasts come from the DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series at Stanford.

12. This Is Your Life with Michael Hyatt

Listen to this podcast to learn how to become a better leader. It will also help you learn how to be more passionate, intentional, and focused.

13. Beyond The To Do List

Listen to this podcast to learn how to choose the right projects, tasks, and goals in work and life. It will also teach you how to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

14. Dose of Leadership with Richard Rierson

Listen to this podcast to become a better leader. You’ll hear from other leaders who can motivate you to make the changes necessary to take your leadership abilities to the next level.

15. Book Review Podcast from The New York Times

Listen to this podcast if you’re looking for a new book to read.

Becoming a better leader or more successful business professional doesn’t always mean you have to make a lot of drastic changes all at once. Sometimes, all you need to do is take some time here and there to learn from other people. The next time you feel the urge to flip on Netflix or scroll through your Facebook newsfeed, press the play button on one of these podcasts instead. They are worth your time and might even significantly change the way you do business.

Got another podcast to add to our list? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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