Melody Wilding is a licensed social worker, executive coach, and author. She is also a returning guest and was on episode seven where we discussed being ambitious, highly sensitive, and managing your emotions.


Recently named one of Business Insider’s Most Innovative Coaches for her groundbreaking work on “Sensitive Strivers”, her clients include CEOs, C-level executives, and managers at top Fortune 500 companies such as Google, HP, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, IBM, Citibank, JP Morgan, and others. Melody has been featured on The New York Times, The Oprah Magazine, NBC News, and spoken at Stanford University, Walmart, Adweek, Burberry, and more.

She’s here to help you break free from self-doubt and imposter syndrome so you can use your sensitivity as the superpower that it is.

Melody is a licensed social worker with a Masters degree from Columbia University, and a former researcher at Rutgers University. She is a professor of Human Behavior at Hunter College and is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, and Business Insider. 

In this episode: Trusting

  • Melody shares why she wrote her book on trusting yourself as an HSP
  • Why it is different than other leadership books
  • What does it mean to be a “Sensitive Striver
  • Being balanced and unbalanced as a highly sensitive person
  • What is the honor roll hangover and why is it more common for women?
  • Perfectionism defined for sensitive strivers (Episode 72, ep 73, and ep 74)
  • Do you have an addiction to people-pleasing and a desire for approval (episode 12)
  • Are you hero-ing your way through work? (Episode 138)
  • Mindset shift as a manager
  • How to use your emotions as a competitive advantage
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Can saying “no” really negatively impact your career?
  • Are you seeking feedback or avoiding feedback?
  • How to switch what you think about it.
  • Internal vs external boundaries
  • Power of feedback parsing
  • How long do you allow the conflict to take up headspace?
  • Two common emotions that arise with feedback and how long they last
  • Melody shares a “hack” for your inner critic
  • Who has been an inspiration for Melody
  • What skills research says will be sought in 2025


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Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work

Resources Mentioned:

Susan Cain-author of Quiet

Dr Elaine Aron-author of Highly Sensitive Person and more