The Empowered Leadership Program

first-line managers, supervisors, and project managers


you can be the inspirational, motivational, get-things-done leader you want to be (and your team deserves)


Leadership isn’t easy.

Especially in today’s world of part-remote, virtual, work-from-home / work-on-site, dotted-line / matrixed management – yikes. Confusing.

And you’re starting to realize that!


So, yay! you’ve been promoted! But … now what?

Maybe you’re thinking…

  • I feel like a fraud – am I actually supposed to be in this role?
  • I’m worried my team won’t like me – or, even worse, won’t follow my direction.
  • I’m afraid of making a bad decision and costing my company money – or losing a client!
  • I just want to feel respected as a leader.
  • I hate office politics!
  • Strategy? What strategy?!
  • I’m uncertain about speaking up in management meetings.
  • I feel like I don’t have a life any more, there’s so much to do to keep up with work.
  • I struggle with delegation – what if they don’t do it right?
  • I have people on my team who don’t report to me. How do I get them to complete their tasks?
  • I’M SCARED – I feel l ike a fraud, and there’s no one I can talk to!

What if you could feel confident, respected, and more than ready to succeed as a leader?


When I began taking the Empowered Leadership Program, I’d been struggling with making the mental transition from thinking about things in a detail-orientated perspective to a big picture view.

Within the first week I noticed a measurable difference in that it was becoming easier to see a big picture approach instead of just looking at tasks. Getting further into the program expanded my level of professional empathy and how to use it effectively to generate momentum from the team I’m working with. The communication techniques I learned have also been instrumental in helping me develop as a leader.

One of my favorite parts about the program is that it translates over into all the other areas of my life! I’ve grown as a leader and a better communicator to my friends and family as well. I’m extremely grateful for taking this course! If you want to grow as an effective leader and pick up skills that can be used in many other areas of your life I highly recommend this course!!

~ Dustin Whittemore, Manager, Common Sense Technologies, Eureka Springs, Arkansas


As a recovering executive myself, I get the challenges and conflicts of leadership.

You want to be decisive … but you don’t want to be mean.

You want to share your expertise, opinions, and ideas … but you don’t want to look foolish.

You want to stay calm in the face of conflict … but you definitely don’t want to be anyone’s doormat.

You want your team to enjoy working for you … but you’re not sure how to inspire and motivate them.

You want to understand strategy … but you’re not even sure what it means, or how it’s different from tactics.

You want to negotiate with confidence … but you’d hate to be called aggressive, demanding, or (if you’re a woman) the dreaded B word.

(Actually, there are two B words*. You don’t want to be called either of them!)

* bossy and bitch


I learned the hard way. You don’t have to.

Photo of Grace JudsonHi. I’m Grace Judson, and I’m a leadership geek with (ahem!) a side of MacGyver-like resourcefulness. (Seriously. It comes in handy.)

I spent over 16 years in leadership positions, advancing into executive leadership, corporate officer, and the senior leadership team, reporting directly to the CEO.

But before that, I remember those early days as a team leader… terrified of screwing up, nervous about managing the people who were, only a few days before, hanging out with me after work and (eek!) complaining about management!

I understand the challenges of being in a leadership role, managing remote employees, working with internal and external clients, understanding (and setting) strategic direction, and dealing with managers who more than once told me, in so many words, that what I was proposing to accomplish wasn’t possible. (They were wrong. Did I mention, MacGyver-like resourcefulness?)

I’ve taught classes on change leadership, communication, and navigating office politics for multiple university and college extension schools. And I’ve led private coaching groups for women leaders.


People don’t realize that you don’t tell me what to do, you just help me think through what I was already thinking. I don’t think people realize that’s what it’s all about. They don’t know whether your opinion is something that they want to be influenced by, but that’s not what you’re doing.

You’ve always helped me figure out what it is that I’m thinking, without saying, “Here’s what I think you should do.” You help me find a different perspective that validates and makes me think differently about the decisions I’m trying to make.

Every time I’ve talked to you, I’ve been pleased with the way you make me think about things and also just the knowledge you have about everything – seriously!
~ Lisa O’Reilly, Director of Alliances, Quadient, San Diego, California


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Celtic knotwork symbolizing the interconnection of heart and logicCeltic knotwork symbolizing the interconnection of heart and logicEmpowered Leadership: an
8-module breakthrough program to supercharge your leadership skill

This program is a synthesis of all my corporate experience, plus the learning, practices, concepts, skills, and exercises I’ve developed and taught to clients since I became an executive coach in 2005.

Imagine if you could…

  • Simply know you’re a good leader
  • Stop worrying about being judged by your colleagues
  • Know how to inspire and motivate your team so they’re eager to do their best for you
  • Present solutions, projects, and ideas calmly and with confidence – and become known as a thought leader within your organization and even in your industry
  • Understand how to think strategically and tactically
  • Use negotiation tactics that fit your style and personality and achieve your goals
  • Become known for clear, concise communication that gets the results you want
  • Approach conflict and disagreement with calm confidence in your ability to reach a successful resolution
  • Feel confident, powerful, and respected as a leader!

You can be a respected, strong, highly-effective leader who inspires and motivates your team to excel.

Monarch butterflyModule One – Lead with Confidence: define your unique leadership style and excel as a leader

Discover your personal leadership strengths and qualities, develop confidence in your innate leadership capacity, and build trust with your team and your management as you step into your power as a leader.

  • Explore and apply your unique strengths as powerful attributes of your leadership
  • Learn to avoid the traps that cause managers to fail
  • Develop the leadership framework that will support your decision-making, motivate your team, and provide the foundation for who you are as a leader

Cartoon tomato with angry faceModule Two – Manage your Inner Critic: stop the rotten-tomato fight in your head

Learn to dial down the volume on your Inner Critic so you overcome imposter syndrome / fraud factor and exponentially increase your confidence and credibility as a leader.

  • Learn to stop the internal debate in its tracks – with just one word
  • Discover how to identify and break the unwritten contracts and agreements that reinforce the inner critic, and develop calm confidence in your leadership abilities
  • Experience a powerful and perhaps even joyful impulse to keep going toward your leadership goals, no matter what the inner critic may try to tell you

The three stages of empathyModule Three – Professional Empathy: instantly connect with and influence the people who matter

Learn the tools of understanding and empathy so you can make connections, motivate your team, and gain respect as a thought leader and valuable contributor.

  • Learn  to inspire your team to take action (instead of ordering them)
  • Discover how to approach anyone – colleagues, team members, executives – in the way guaranteed to get the best possible outcomes
  • Understand the single step you can take to ensure you’ll be listened to and respected

Drawing of a brilliantly-colored feather penModule Four – Advanced Communication: influence, impress, and inform your team, co-workers, and leadership

Amaze yourself, your team, and your management with the nuanced power of word choice to convey ideas, spark creativity, offer feedback, and navigate office politics with ease and grace; learn to speak powerfully to your peers, team, and management.

  • Develop the skills you need to present ideas, solutions, and even problems with clarity and confidence
  • Exponentially improve the likelihood that you’ll be listened to and that your ideas and opinions will be respected
  • Learn the simple techniques that prompt quick responses and useful answers

Silhouettes of business people standing on multi-colored puzzle piecesModule Five – Manage Effectively: inspire, motivate, and guide your team to peak performance

Learn to think strategically while resolving the challenges of delegation, feedback, coaching, and the nuances of managing remote workers and matrixed or dotted-line reporting structures.

  • Discover the “view from leadership” – what strategy and strategic thinking actually are, how they’re different from tactical task lists, and how understanding strategy helps you prioritize effectively and appropriately
  • Learn the power of effective delegation to free your time, develop your team, and meet (or beat!) deadlines
  • Discover the most effective ways to offer feedback and coaching to inspire and motivate each individual on your team – even when they don’t report to you directly
  • Explore options for managing remote workers, multiple time zones, and without face-to-face interaction

Dove transforming barbed wire into olive branchesModule Six – Conflict Transformation: taking the “aaack” out of difficult conversations

Transform conflict, disagreement, and emotional reactivity so you can develop the relationships you want with (and within) your team, your management peers, and the executive team.

  • Learn how to manage emotional reactivity in yourself and others
  • Discover the one question and three simple techniques that redirect conflict into productive discussion
  • Develop the confidence to approach disagreement, debate, and conflict calmly and with certainty in your ability to resolve the situation

Graphic of two hands holding gears that fly upwards to become an upward-pointing arrowModule Seven – Negotiation for Nice People: achieve your goals without compromising your integrity

Learn the negotiation skills that will gain you recognition and prosperity and strengthen your relationships.

  • Discover the benefits of hearing “no” – and how to work with it to get what you want
  • Learn how to enter into negotiations without fear of being judged as greedy or demanding (or the B word!)
  • Understand how to negotiate in ways that get you want you want AND develop trust

And old-style parchment map and telescopeModule Eight – Sustainable Success: maintain your momentum on your path to further advancement

Maintain your momentum by evaluating progress, tracking successful habits, and keeping your purpose in mind so you stay motivated and focused as a leader.

  • Learn simple, proven techniques for evaluating and expanding on your success
  • Set milestones and action items in place to maintain your focus
  • Prepare yourself to take the next powerful steps in your career and solidify your reputation as a strong, confident leader



I’ve learned that leadership is about working within the process to do what needs to be done – working with my peers, my team, and my management to move the company forward without stepping on anyone else’s toes. It’s about how to form a team and be a leader even when the company’s leadership isn’t making the effort. More importantly, it’s how to do all that while caring for the success of everyone.

I know I’m a better, more confident manager, and I’m getting more done by working within our company processes more effectively. My boss trusts me not to screw up politically any more. In fact, she even commented on my improvement in my last performance review!

~ Paul Jones, Resources Development Manager, San Diego, California


Did you know that almost two-thirds of new managers fail in their first year?

I’ve been where you are, and I know I can help make sure YOU are one of the successful ones.

So let’s do this thing!


Why this is affordable

I’m on a mission to make corporate life more fun. Not just livable; not just bearable: fun. Work shouldn’t suck. The corporate life shouldn’t be a rat race. Sixty percent of new leaders shouldn’t fail in their first year.

It starts with YOU – the first-line manager and leader.

And I know all too well (from personal experience, my corporate colleagues’ experience, and my clients’ experience) that companies … well, let’s just say they’re not as supportive as they could be.

Since I want to reach as many people as possible, I intentionally created this program as a low-ticket, high-impact program.

Your investment: $375.00

It’s your career.

Let’s get you set up to be successful, to have the essential workplace skills you need to succeed in a meaningful, well-paid leadership career.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the price so low?

I want to help as many people as I can. My programs are intentionally low-ticket, but definitely not low-value.

How long will I have access to the materials?

Forever! You have lifetime access to all course materials.

Do you offer personal support?

Once you’ve completed the first three modules, you’ll have an option to purchase a limited number of coaching sessions with me at a reduced rate per session.

Can I email you with questions?

If you need technical support accessing the materials, you can email support@gracejudson.com.

For support actually using the course content and tools, please consider individual one-on-one support – it’s a far better option than email!


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