Leadership My Dad’s Way

My dad, General (retired) James L. Anderson spent 24 years as the Master of the Sword at West Point. He currently speaks on leadership at the Lincoln Leadership Institute in Gettysburg, PA. He has dedicated his life to developing leaders of character wherever he serves. Click here to learn more about him.
The two of us will be sharing a father-son perspective on the leadership lessons he taught me, the lessons we both learned at West Point, and the unique perspectives we each have based on his lifetime in leadership in the Army, and my 20 years in the business world.

Sometimes Being a Leader Sucks

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“This is one of those times when being a leader sucks.” It was all I could really say to this young leader I was recently coaching. She knew what she had to do and that it was not going to be easy or comfortable.

Hard decisions are part of being a leader. Whether we are a CEO, a middle manager, or a front line employee – Whether we are a coach, a team captain, or an underclassman – Whether we are a husband, a mother, or a child. When it is time to step up and lead, no matter our title, being a leader can really suck.

But if I consider myself a Leader of Character, I must be willing to make those tough decisions even if I do not like making them. Continue Reading…

The General Discusses What Integrity Really Is

Integrity:  Doing what is good, right, and proper, even at personal cost.  That is the definition my father General James L. Anderson taught me years ago.

I had the opportunity to do a talk with my father on the topic of Courage in business. The Lesson: You can’t have Integrity without having Courage.

This video is a short segment of that talk where we focus on the topic of Integrity and what it means to be a person of Integrity.

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Question:

What are you willing to sacrifice in order to be a person of Integrity?


Dave Anderson is coauthor of Becoming a Leader of Character – Six Habits that Make or Break a Leader at Work and at Home with his father General James L. Anderson (USA Retired).

You can find Becoming a Leader of Character on Amazon by clicking here:

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You can also find Becoming a Leader of Character at Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million and other retailers.

The Confident Leader Vs. The Arrogant Leader

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Martin’s reputation for arrogance preceded him. He was assigned to our leadership team whether we wanted him to be there or not.

I decided to ignore his reputation and form my own opinions about Martin. I never tried harder to like someone in my entire life.   Unfortunately, the rumors about Martin were accurate.

Confidence is a desirable trait in a leader. But Martin was not confident. He was flat out arrogant. Continue Reading…

The Character Workout for Leaders

You have to DO what you want to BE!  If you want to BE a Leader of Character, you have to DO what Leaders of Character DO!

Today’s video was a short talk given to over 800 people at this year’s Leadercast event.

Question:

What do you need to start DOing to BE the Leader of Character you were designed to BE?


Dave Anderson is author of Becoming a Leader of Character – Six Habits that Make or Break a Leader at Work and at Home.

You can find Becoming a Leader of Character on Amazon by clicking here:

bit.ly/LOCBook.

You can also find Becoming a Leader of Character at Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million and other retailers.

Hire and Fire For Values – Part 2 Firing

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It takes a lot of work to fire someone these days.  Our friends in the legal profession have made the process of firing employees incredibly time consuming.  For some leaders, this process is a disincentive for doing the right thing.

When a leader  allows a low performer to stay, that leader is failing.  In the same way a leader who keeps a person who displays disdain for the organization’s values due to this legal disincentive is failing as well.

Hiring For Values (previous blog) is a critical first step for leaders who believe in the values they claim.  An equally important step is being willing to Fire For Values as well. Continue Reading…

Hire and Fire For Values – Part 1Hiring

Fire For Values

Why does one person get hired over another?  Why does one person get fired over another?  Performance is a good reason.  Values are an even better reason.

A hypocrite is someone who says one thing but does another.  Therefore, an organization that claims values that they do not demonstrate is hypocritical and so is its leader.

One way to demonstrate the importance the leader places on the organizational values is to have the Courage to hire and fire people based on the leader’s proclaimed values.  Today, Part 1 focuses on Hiring For Values. Continue Reading…

Integrity – Is Honesty Enough?

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Honesty or Integrity? Are they the same thing? Is one more important than the other? Many people use the terms interchangeably confusing one with the other.

You can be an honest person and have questionable Integrity. Honesty is a part of Integrity, but they are not the same thing. Continue Reading…

The Cure for Our Culture’s Leadership Crisis

I don’t have to convince many people that leadership or the lack of good leadership is plaguing our culture.  Watch politics, read business journals, or see the breakdown of the family unit and it is obvious.

But what is the answer?  There is more to improving as a leader than reading a book or going to a seminar.  Today’s video outlines a plan for all of us, no matter where we are leading.  The cure is up to us – and that cure is CHARACTER!

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The Bottom Line:

Our culture needs more Leaders of Character.  What we are doing to develop leaders in business, academia and in homes must change it’s focus.

To this point most of the focus has been on developing knowledge and competencies. The majority of the books, classes and seminars focus on management skills when the majority of our leadership woes can be related back to the root issue of CHARACTER.

As a Character Evangelist (Evangelist = Passionate Proclaimer) I am trying to change that focus.  This video is just one step in my mission to develop leaders who understand that their CHARACTER is THE #1 Leadership Tool they must develop.

As of today, July 26th 2016 Becoming a Leader of Charcter – Six Habits that Make or Break a Leader at Work and at Home is available at:

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Do I Own The Wins AND The Losses?

Is The Target To Blame?

“When an archer misses the bulls eye, he doesn’t blame the target.”

What is it about our human nature that causes us to seek excuses for when we fall short?  Even some of the best sales people and leaders I have been around, can identify something outside of their control that caused them to miss their goals.

Excuses are easy.  Breaking the habit of making excuses is hard.  I addressed the way West Point handles habitual excuses in an older blog:  West Point:  How Leaders Seize Responsibility.

But, what if we turned our thought process around?  What if we questioned who was responsible for the wins in our lives? Continue Reading…

America’s Leadership Disease and The Treatment

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There is a leadership crisis in our culture. Politics. Business. Sports. Families. Wherever you turn the results of this crisis are evident.

Some of the symptoms are political stalemate, lack of trust, dysfunctional teams, cheating in athletics or broken homes. There are a lot of approaches to fixing these symptoms. But the problem is we are treating a PNEUMONIA patient with cough medicine! Continue Reading…

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