Your Most Comprehensive Feminine Leadership Playlist (EVER)

We like to have fun here at the Institute for Feminine Leadership. And what could be more fun than a dance party! It releases stress, puts you in a good mood, and gets your body moving.

But you’ve got to have the right feminine leadership playlist. Check out what we’ve got blasting in the background when we need a pick me up. We’ve got something for every musical taste.

These are all songs meant to inspire, energize, uplift, and ignite your feminine energy. All the songs have a message in alignment with our values: Authenticity, Abundance, Freedom, Surrender and Community. Plus we threw in some that were just plain fun! Because who doesn’t need more fun in there life?

In no particular order…

Woman (Oh Mama!) by Joy Williams

Feel like a powerhouse as you listen to the powerful message in this song.


Brave by Sara Bareilles

If you need a boost of confidence this is your go to!


Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys

When you just nailed that presentation, closed the deal, rocked that meditation, it’s time to celebrate with this ladies power anthem.


New Soul by Yael Naim

There is a beauty and innocence that we all need to embody as Feminine Leaders. New Soul puts you back in a place of wonder.


9 to 5 by Dolly Parton

When you are out to break that glass ceiling get your morning inspiration from this female icon.


Perfect by P!nk

Every have those days where you feel like a failure? Yeah, us too. P!nk will pick you up and remind you that you are perfect exactly as you are.


True Colors by Cyndi Lauper

This song reminds you to reconnect with your truth and show that beautiful, authentic side to the world.


Confident by Demi Lovato

Sometimes we just need a reminder that it’s OK to be a confident, powerhouse of a woman. We don’t need to dim our light for anyone.


Happy Girl by Martina McBride

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the pressures we face, but Martina McBride reminds us to choose happiness. Plus she supports feeling all your emotions and that’s a must for Feminine Leaders.


Nina Simone – Feeling Good

You might be more familiar with the Michael Buble version of Feeling Good but we are taking it back to the legend. Nina Simone is guaranteed to put you in a good mood.


Long Time Sun by Snatam Kaur

I feel in love with this song when I heard it at the end of my prenatal yoga video (sorry they don’t sell it anymore). This song just moves me in such a deep way, it’s hard to explain. Maybe it was the hormones?!


Hey Now (Girls Just Want to Have Fun) by Cyndi Lauper

This rendition on the classic Girls Just Want to Have Fun is more fun and has a Jamaican vibe.


I’m Every Woman by Whitney Houston

This is another one of those songs where the words transform when you think about them in relationship to the Feminine Leadership principle of Surrender. When we make our life an offering to something greater we really are Every Woman.


Stronger by Kelly Clarkson

Whether you are recovering from a breakup or going hard at the gym, you’ve got to have some songs to pick you up off the floor when you are down. Leave it to Kelly Clarkson to do just that.


I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz

Again, if you consider the “us” in this song to be the Universe as your surrender your desires, this song will have a whole new meaning. Plus sometimes you just need a reminder to never give up.


Breathe by Faith Hill

Life is hectic! We are all moving a mile a minute. Let’s just slow down and breathe.


Black or White by Michael Jackson

While this song has been dubbed a “racial harmony” video, I have two different takes on this song. We can expand “racial harmony” to “gender harmony” as we work to address gender disparities in the workforce. We can also get caught up in our problems, thinking there can only be one solution. Michael Jackson reminds us that nothing is black or white. I take this to mean there is always another way where you can have both, and more.


A Little Bit Stronger by Sara Evans

When you fall, it hurts. Let’s stop denying our pain and allow it to move through our bodies as we fully express our feelings. Grieving is a natural process. Eventually though we all get a little bit stronger.


Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar reminds us to never let anyone hold us back. They can give you their best shot but when you put your soul in the driver’s seat, you will no longer be triggered by their attempts to hold you back.


Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson

All change starts within. You’ve got to look in the mirror and change your own thoughts, beliefs and behaviors if you want to change the world. Get inspired by Michael Jackson’s powerful reminder that we can all make the world a better place if we fill ourselves with love. There is another meaning I attribute to this song and that’s the fact that everyone in our life is a mirror of the unclaimed parts of ourselves. Whether those shadow parts are good or bad, we can see ourselves in the actions of others.


My Love Is Your Love by Whitney Houston

I love how this sounds if you consider the lyrics from the perspective of surrendering to something greater. When you offer your desires to the Universe you can be guided in miraculous ways.


Let It Go

I’d be remiss if  I didn’t include the power ballad my mentor Lissa Rankin played for me when I spent a day with her in San Fransisco. I’m not the only one who needs a reminder to Let It Go. We hold on to so much anger, frustration, resentment, guilt, and all kinds of other feelings when we can choose to let it go. This doesn’t mean being walked on, but you can choose forgiveness.


Which one of these songs tops your playlist? What did we miss? Let us know in the comments below. We are on a mission to create the biggest feminine leadership playlist ever!



Amanda Sowadski is a Life & Leadership Coach for Ambitious Women and the Founder of the Institute for Feminine Leadership. She helps women live and lead from the heart by tapping into their feminine energy. After nearly 15 years in corporate America, achieving a prestigious position, a great title, and a lucrative paycheck she realized there was so much more to life than work. After reconnecting with her soul she created a whole new model of feminine leadership where women can be free to be themselves and achieve the success they desire. When she's not sharing her insights she's laughing, building forts, and skipping with her daughter and husband in Minneapolis, MN.

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