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October 18, 2021 26 min

“Leadership is interwoven in every single thing.” - Nizhonlii Robinson

On this episode of Got Your 6, Tony interviews Nizhonlii Robinson, a United States Marine Corps Major, keynote speaker, and leadership coach.

Nizhonlii is the founder of Spark: The Pop Up, a business consultancy and leadership coaching firm that seeks to empower women as leaders. She is also a leadership instructor at the US Naval Academy.

Her mission is to inspire, educate, and develop leadership skills to help people reach their full leadership potential. She also firmly believes in championing the capability and success of strong women.

In 2011, Nizhonlii obtained her degree in English from the US Naval Academy, where she was a student-athlete for the Division I Track and Field program, including javelin throw, triple jump, shot put, long jump, 100-meter hurdles, and pentathlon. She obtained her master’s degree in strategic communication from American University and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in executive leadership from the University of Charleston.


01:15 – Introduction

01:42 – Spark’s most recent event at Annapolis, focusing on emotional intelligence among veterans

03:26 – Why she prefers holding small, intimate workshops

04:18 – Importance of self-awareness in emotional intelligence

05:52 – The crucial role of communication in leadership and building relationships

07:59 – On pursuing a doctorate degree on executive leadership

09:30 – Leadership is just like being in a relationship

11:22 – On going beyond the usual small talk

12:58 – Creating safe spaces and establishing trust

14:28 – The power of asking why

15:21 – You have to know your audience in a deeper way to make them feel valued

17:34 – On failure

19:54 – On being part of multiple events for track and field

20:49 – How is she better than yesterday?


Here is how to connect with Nizhonlii Robinson:



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