Dave Anderson - Leadership Speaking, Development, Consulting, and Training

I'm Dave Anderson, a leadership speaker, trainer and consultant. I help business leaders build a culture of character, courage, accountability and trust. As a West Point graduate who spent 20 years in leadership at a Fortune 50 company, my goal is to have IMPACT on you and your team.
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The Higher The Leader-The Foggier The View

What They Can't See Will Hurt Them

Many organizations are in trouble and the leaders at the top do not know it!  The people at the top of a company do not have an accurate assessment of the quality of that organization’s leadership, according to   The Global Leadership Forecast.

They surveyed over 1,800 HR professionals and 12,423 leaders from 2,600 organizations on the status of leadership in those organizations.  The goal was to determine the effectiveness of the leadership and of leadership development efforts over a two year period.

One statistic that stuck out was that the closer to the frontlines the leader worked, the more negative they were about the company’s leadership quality.  Continue Reading…

Stop Reacting and Start Leading

I need a quick favor.

The tyranny of the urgent keeps many leaders from accomplishing the truly important.  I speak to leaders all the time who want to stop reacting and start leading.  

Most of us know what we should be doing, but we have difficulty taking everything we know we should be doing and actually implementing it.  I need your help helping other leaders! Continue Reading…

Be A Leader Not An Expert

Be An Expert in Leading

I have to be an expert in all things concerning my product and the competing products if I am a salesperson.  I have to be an expert in accounting if I am an accountant.  I have to be an expert in commercial lending if I am a commercial lender.

What about leaders?  If I am leading salespeople, accountants or commercial lenders, do I need to be as up to date as my people? Continue Reading…

When Is It Right To Quit The Fight?

Why am I still fighting?

It was a good old knock down, drag out fight.  We had chosen our sides and were all vehemently sure of our positions.

In Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, he expends 20% of his thesis on the need for healthy conflict on a team.  He says, and I believe, that without conflict it is highly unlikely a team is making the best decisions for an organization.

If this is true then by Lencioni’s scorecard, this was going to be a FANTASTIC decision!  But, in the midst of it all, I quietly raised my hand and gave in.  It was right to give up this fight. Continue Reading…

Small Tests Of A Leader’s Character

Oxymoron:  Small Character Tests

Small Test = “This is not a big deal.”

In a nutshell:  There are no small decisions when my character is involved.

For a leader, the magnitude of the decision should not determine my approach. If my moral compass is involved, then the decision is a big deal.  Too many times we make decisions based on our immediate perception of their impact. Continue Reading…

You Can Be An Unethical Rule Follower

Intent to Deceive?

I pushed the limits as a cadet at West Point. I marched well over 100 hours of punishment tours during my four years in school. There were a lot of ways to get in trouble, and a lot of rules to tell us what not to do.

Every violation of the rules at West Point had a title that described the offense. The most unique title for a violation of the rules was “Gross Lack of Judgment.” Basically it was a catch all phrase that meant a cadet did something that no one had anticipated needing to create a rule to prevent! Continue Reading…

The Essential Element to Having Influence

The Key To Influence

Tim was not the leader type. I made that judgment early in our work relationship. He was reserved and a little nerdy. He was not someone who attracted a lot of attention. I soon found out I was dead wrong about Tim’s ability to lead.

The key to leadership is influence. Tim wielded incredible influence within our team and with his customers. But, what is the key to influence? Some people might say it is charisma or power. However, Tim did not have either of these. Continue Reading…

West Point’s Eleven Principles of Leadership – Rewritten

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One of the best books I ever read on leadership was John Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.  In fact, I recently gave a copy to a young man who just graduated from high school as a gift.

28 years ago, I was a recent high school graduate as well.  I was a brand new cadet at West Point.  I was handed the plebe handbook called Bugle NotesContinue Reading…

Management Training or Leadership Development

Is It Training or Development?

When Human Resources took over leadership training, I didn’t immediately notice a change.  In fact, I felt the leadership development department initially did a good job making the classes more specific to my job than the consultants they had hired in the past.

But over time, a shift occurred.  Leadership development became more about how not to get the company in trouble and not about developing the leader.  As a result, experienced leaders became ambivalent to training and younger leaders became HR processes experts. Continue Reading…

2015 Goal Setting – A Simple Model

Qualify Your Brainstorming Ideas

What are my priorities for 2015? What accounts and what goals should I focus my efforts on? The time is now to ask these questions. Do not wait until after the holidays.

I sat in many, many strategy sessions for individuals, small teams and large organizations. They can be a beat down or very productive and energizing.

Somewhere along the way I picked up a tool that helped me clear through the clutter of brainstorming sessions and simplified my action planning. Continue Reading…

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