Make the Decision To Lead

On this episode of Cocktail Leadership, your host, Kevin Withane talks to Dr Catherine Rymsha..

Catherine Rymsha knows what makes a leader, a leader. Based on her years of training, research, and consulting, she’s determined how a person becomes one: they make the decision to lead.

Catherine is a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where she teaches courses on leadership. Catherine spent over ten years in marketing/communications leadership roles and now leads learning and development for a software company. Between her academic and professional experience, she has taught thousands of courses on leadership, feedback, and career to global leaders across an array of industries.

Her TEDx Talk, “Want to Become a Better Leader? Here’s How. Just Listen,” focuses on the importance of listening to leadership. She holds a master of science in leadership and a doctorate of education with a focus on organizational leadership from Northeastern University in Boston. Catherine received her bachelor of arts in English/ communications from the Massachusetts Colleges of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts. 

You can reach Catherine on LinkedIn and on Twitter.  Catherine’s website is here.

I strongly recommend reading her book and you can check out Catherine’s TedX Talk here.

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The Cocktail

For this episode, I have one of my favourites as it is what Catherine wanted – the Dark’n’Stormy.  Goslings all the way.

Serve in a collins glass (or stemless red wine glass)


2oz Goslings dark rum (or just free pour – its more fun)

1/2 oz fresh lime juice

1 bar spoon of brown sugar

Can of Goslings ginger beer

1 lime wheel for garnish

Candied ginger slice (optional)


  1. Half fill a collins glass with ice
  2. Add sugar to the glass
  3. Add the rum and lime juice
  4. Stir until most of the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Top with ginger beer and garnish with the lime wheel.

Sit back, enjoy the summer warmth, sip on the drink and reflect on whether you will make the decision to lead while you read Catherine’s book.

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