Character Based Leadership Development, Consulting, and Training.

I'm Dave Anderson, President of Anderson Leadership Solutions based in Tyler, TX.  I am not an academic spouting leadership theories.  I learned my lessons in the trenches at West Point, in the Army and during 20 years at a Fortune 50 company.  The solutions I provide are practical and applicable.  Why Leadership Development? Because developing leaders transcends business.  If I help someone become a better leader at work, they become better husbands/fathers, wives/mothers and better in their ministries, volunteer work and communities.  No other business focused training impacts our society like leadership development.   This site includes blogs, videos, MP3 audio files and many other resources for those of you who want to grow as leaders.   I will also have online training options coming in the near future.

5 Ways A Leader Becomes A Manager

Sliding Towards Management

On multiple occasions during my 20 year career with a Fortune 50 behemoth, I lobbied to change the job titles of the leaders in our sales force.  We were all called Managers.

I thought our titles should be Leader not Manager.   But, no matter my title, I always believed I was leading.  Now in the rearview mirror, I see times I had slid into management mode instead of fighting to remain a leader.   Continue Reading…

How To Get Rid Of HR Departments

The Golden Rule

I had a dream that I worked for a company that got rid of it’s Human Resources Department.  There were no more HR manuals or HR classes.

This was not a result of ineffective HR professionals.  They just weren’t needed in that company. Was this heaven?

No.  It was a dream.  But, after rereading John Maxwell’s book, There Is No Such Thing As “Business” Ethics, I believe there is one Standard Operating Procedure that could make the dream a reality.  The Golden Rule. Continue Reading…

Book Review: Love Works

It's A Verb Not A Feeling

Love Works.  Seven Timeless Principles For Effective Leaders by Joel Manby has a title that may turn off some people who believe the words Love and Work should never meet in the workplace.

Joel Manby put his money where his mouth is on CBS’s hit show, Undercover Boss.   He creating a sensation when he exposed his leadership philosophy to the world on TV.  Now, the author has convinced me that by treating Love as verb and not as a feeling, leaders can lead with character and develop a devoted team of followers. Continue Reading…

West Point’s Leadership Legacy – 25 Years Later

A Legacy of Leadership

I just returned from my 25 year West Point reunion.  It was great to be with friends who went through the same trials and tribulations I did in order to graduate from America’s premier leadership development school.

A few quick impressions:

  • Those guys looked old!
  • We aren’t losing our hair.  We are gaining forehead.
  • West Point did an incredible job developing leaders in the Class of 1988!

The purpose of West Point is to produce leaders of character who are prepared to provide selfless service to our Army and the nation.

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The Difference Between Criticism & Input

Timing

“That’s enough Lieutenant Anderson!”

I sat down and stayed quiet for the rest of my battalion commander’s weekly meeting.  I saw the smirk on our operations officer’s face.  As I walked out of the room later, a friendly captain patted me on the back, shook his head and told me not to give up.

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Daring To Fail Is The Road To Success

Failure?  Your On The Right Road

My baby boy did not begin walking on his first try.  He took a step and fell.  He pulled himself up and tried again, and he fell.  He repeated this over and over until he successfully navigated the family room.

There was no fear in him then, just determination.  Now he runs sprints at practice in high  school football.  In fact, fear of failure did not stop a single one of us from learning to walk or even run. So why are we scared of failure now?  What prevents us from taking risks?  Why don’t we dare to fail? Continue Reading…

West Point: How Leaders Seize Responsibility

Where Excuses Go To Die

“No excuse, sir.”  Of the four approved responses a West Point plebe may use, this one was hardest for me to say.  But, everything we did at West Point had a purpose.

The purpose of teaching 18 year olds not to make excuses actually fulfills West Point’s purpose:  To provide our nation with leaders of character.

A leader of character takes responsibility no matter the circumstances.  A leader of character does not make excuses. 

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Leaders: 3 Poor Excuses To Say “No”

"No" Is Too Easy

I’ve been that guy.  I wanted everything to run smoothly so I would do as Nancy Reagan did and “Just Say No.”

Years later, in my rearview mirror, I realize by saying “No” too quickly, I damaged my team and the individuals on my team.  I missed opportunities to develop better decision makers and therefore better leaders.

What was it about me as a leader that made me say “No” so quickly?  I usually had 1 of 3 excuses for saying “No” and none of them were good.

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From Reactive To Proactive To Innovative

Where do you turn?

The truth is many people go through life in the reactive mode.  Others make the leap to proactive.  But, being proactive is not enough in today’s business world.  The special few move beyond proactivity and become innovative.

Where do most individuals and organization land?

  • 60% Reactive Mode = Run To It
  • 35% Proactive Mode = Plan For It
  • 5% Innovative Mode = Have Another Plan

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My Un-Resume: My Team Lacked REAL Diversity

My Un-Resume

The first team I led had two women, two African American’s and someone of Asian descent.  The other 5 were white males.   Our team picture could have been used as an HR poster for diversity!

I hired most of them because I felt they were of high character and high potential.  Diversity was not part of my decision making process, even though it may have looked like it.  Unfortunately, looks can be deceiving.  That team was not REALLY diverse.  That team was not very good either. Continue Reading…

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