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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One Thing That Kills Trust

"It's my fault."

Who do I trust? And why do I trust them?  There are a lot of things that play a role in whom I trust.

Integrity, consistency, and reliability are just a few.  I trust people who display these attributes – most of the time.  However, even the most honest, consistent and reliable person will lose my trust if they are arrogant.

Humility inspires trust.  Arrogance creates doubt.

Doubt kills trust. Continue Reading…

Five Battles Between Fear and Character

Fear or Character - Strength Comes From Exercising

There is a war that rages inside most of us.  The combatants are Fear and Character.  The weapons used in this war are our hearts and our heads.

In my case, like in most wars, my character wins some of the battles and my fear wins some.  But, which one will win the war?

The winner will be the one that is strongest most prepared and most determined to win each battle. Continue Reading…

Three Keys To Personal Growth For Leaders

Growth Takes Work

“I know what I am doing now.”  That is what I thought after a few years leading sales teams.  I thought I had arrived.  But each time I allowed myself to think that, I was proven wrong.

Someone or something always surprised me.  A new challenge would surface that I was not prepared for.  It took awhile, but I finally realized becoming a leader has no end point.

Unfortunately, some leaders fall into a rut and stop growing.  To be a lifetime leader, leaders need to never stop growing.  If leaders stop growing, over time people will stop following. Continue Reading…

The Cornerstone of A Bad Attitude – Self

It Starts With Self

Some people are joy suckers.  They can enter any situation and suck the fun right out of the room.  It is a gift really.  A gift I appreciate as much as a good case of pink eye.  The unfortunate thing is, a bad attitude is just as contagious.

We can all have off days.  This is not what I am talking about.  I am talking about people who choose to have a bad attitude on a consistent basis.  A bad attitude is a choice.  I discussed that in:  Your Attitude Is A Choice:  Make A Different Choice.

But what is the cornerstone issue someone is dealing with?  What does that person need to change to become a joyful person versus a joy sucker?  They need less – self.

Continue Reading…

The Self-Serving Leader- Another Oxymoronic Leadership Yarn

The Self-Centered Leader is an OxyMORON

Sam spoke to both the VP’s he had targeted during the three day planning meeting in Orlando. He was able to tell them exactly what was happening in his department.  There was no doubt he had impressed them with his knowledge of the company, and how he handled his troops.

When Sam got to the airport, he called his wife, Joanne. She asked him about his trip.  Sam smiled,  “I nailed it.”  Joanne smiled and asked for the details.

Meanwhile, the two VP’s were sitting on a plane together comparing notes.  Continue Reading…

A Mentor Attitude

Mentoring Attitude

Looking back, the eye rolling was inevitable.  Everyone on the leadership team knew the idea was unlikely to work.

Our boss had sparked the doubts. “We need to initiate a mentoring program.  The Human Resources department can work on developing a program we can roll out in the fourth quarter.”

We were all thinking one thing:  “Oh no. Another program.” Continue Reading…

It’s Called Leadership!

It's Called Leadership - A List

“Why should I do that?”  she asked.

“It’s called leadership.”  I said trying to reassure her. “It’s what leaders do.”

Webster defines leadership.  College textbooks define leadership.  Leadership books define leadership.  I even define leadership. (Leadership:  Beyond the Dictionary Definition)

Sometimes those definitions are adequate and sometimes they are not.  Some are very academic, some are theoretical and some are practical.  But what does leadership look like?  Is there a list of actions that illustrate leadership?

There is now!  Continue Reading…

Five Rights We Give Up To Lead

Responsibility means few rights.

Naïve.  That was me. When I was an entry level salesman, I looked at my boss and believed his job had all the perks.  He was paid more, was in control and got to travel to great cities for meetings.  Being a leader had to be better than being where I was.

A lot of people believe life gets easier as you climb the corporate ladder.  Those people probably have not started the climb yet.  They don’t realize, just like I didn’t realize, that once you become a leader, you give up a lot of rights you had before.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love leading people.  But, when I speak to leaders who attend my conferences they all agree.  You give up a lot of your rights when you lead. Continue Reading…

Strengths / Weaknesses – The Same Coin

Both Sides Are Me

I’m an idea guy.  I love to brainstorm and come up with ideas on how to make things better.  I am also someone who can ignore the details or forget about them quickly.

The more I work with leaders the more I realize I am not alone.  All of us have strengths that can also be our weaknesses. They are two sides of the same coin.  Our strengths often turn into weaknesses when they are misapplied or taken to an extreme.

Continue Reading…

Three Rules To Leading Peers

What do you attract?

“What can I do?  If I step up and try to lead my peers, I don’t think they will follow.  I’m not as direct as you are Dave. ”

The quote above is representative of a lot of conversations I have inside of companies who ask for my help.  There are many people who know they should be a leader among their peers.  They just aren’t sure how to accomplish it. Continue Reading…

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