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.

How Calm People Stay Calm

Are You Really Calm?

He was more amped up then a Chihuahua after a can of Red Bull.  Here was my peer yelling at me because some people were sitting in the wrong area of a conference room during a sales meeting.

When I told him we could “make it work as is”, he said “Well I am glad you can be so flip about this Dave!”

Some people do not react well to stress.  In fact some people create their own stress and then don’t react to it well.  On the other hand, other people never seem flustered by the most stressful circumstances.  What do the calm have that the amped up Chihuahua does not?

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The Coach’s Tool Kit Radio Interview

Recently I was interviewed by a local radio personality about The Coach’s Tool Kit a 3 session program I developed to specifically meet the needs of leaders who have responsibility for developing and coaching individuals on their teams.

Express Leadership University is a Leadership Development company I run locally that specifically meets the needs of East Texas Businesses.  Our goal is to become- The Leadership Development Company for East Texas Businesses.

Yes.  I run two companies.  Anderson Leadership Solutions is focused on leadership development outside of my local area and Express Leadership University is my  local business.

Express Leadership University’s new website will be up and running shortly.  Stay tuned for more MP3 and videos to appear on both sites.

Question:

What is the biggest challenge you have or you see others have in coaching people?

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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