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.

Leadership Development Improves The Bottom Line

Leadership Development Is A Competitive Advantage

We do not lack smart people in business these days.  Smart people are everywhere.  We lack leaders.

The latest studies are proving leadership equates to profits.  Developing good leaders does more to effect the bottom line of an organization than hiring yet another top graduate from a famous school.

Yet credentials and expertise are what most companies focus their recruiting and training efforts on.  Leadership development tends to be an optional activity, while skill development is sacred. Continue Reading…

Leaders: Control The Controllables

I'm In Control

We were in last place.  I was leading a team that began the year #71 of 72.  By February we were alone in last place.  In June, nothing had changed.

As a new manager, I was losing sleep, losing my temper and losing my team.  One night as I fretted over my team’s results with a veteran manager he asked me a simple yet profound question.  He asked, “Dave, are you leading people or are you managing a ranking report?”

The answer of course was the latter.  I was focused on my circumstances.  I was letting everything I couldn’t control have control over me.  As a result, I was managing not leading.

I will be publishing top blogs from previous months for Thanksgiving week.  Have a blessed holiday!

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What’s A Shepherd Without Sheep

Who Is Following?

Question 1:  Are sheep without a shepherd still sheep?  Answer:  Yes.

Question 2:  Is a shepherd without sheep still a shepherd? Answer: No.

A shepherd without sheep is just a hygienically challenged man walking the countryside with a stick in his hands.

Leaders:  It is the people that make you a leader not the title!

I will be publishing top blogs from previous months for Thanksgiving week.  Have a blessed holiday!

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4 STEP Process In Delivering Positive Feedback

Weak Praise

I’ve read multiple articles on how coaches should deliver negative feedback.  As part of a Fortune 50 company with a stellar training department, I sat through many sessions on the same topic.  I even wrote a blog a few weeks ago addressing some of these coaching issues:  Wanted Coaches:  Wimps Need Not Apply.

So much of our time as leaders and trainers is spent on becoming better at delivering bad news, we miss the importance of being good at delivering positive feedback.  Through employee surveys, I was often reminded by those I led that I was not very good at the positive reinforcement.

I will be publishing top blogs from previous months for Thanksgiving week.  Have a blessed holiday!

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Leadership Development Transcends Business

Which Blade Needs Sharpened?

My people were sick of training.  In every meeting, we did some sort of sales training.  The term “sharpening the saw” was being overused.

I agree a dull blade is ineffective.  But, poor sharpening will make the blade duller.  Plus, a blade can be ground down to nothing with too much sharpening.  We had reached the point of diminishing returns.  Continue Reading…

What Are 2013′s Priorities?

Qualify Your Brainstorming Ideas

What are my priorities for 2013?  What accounts and what goals should I focus my efforts on?  The time is now to think ask these questions. Do not wait until after the holidays.

These are key questions that will help me continue to grow and lead others to grow.  Taking the time to get the answers to these questions does not have to be complicated.

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…

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…

Teamwork: A Navy SEAL’s Definition

Selfless acts towards a common goal.

Who doesn’t love the Navy SEALs?  Answer:  The enemy’s of freedom.  But to the rest of us, these warriors are heroes.  They are the elite of the elite.

I say I love the Navy SEALs even though I am an Army guy.  The Army has Delta Force and the Navy has the SEAL Teams.  One thing these two groups live by is the concept of teamwork.

In a recent discussion with a new friend, he told me of a quote from a leadership boot camp he attended that was run by a former Navy SEAL. Continue Reading…

The Completed Leader- Oxymoronic Leadership Yarn #12

The Completed Leader is an OxyMORONic Leader

“I’ve seen it all.  I’ve read it all.  I’ve sat through more leadership seminars than you can imagine.  Everything I see these days is just a repackaging of someone else’s work.”

Kurt’s reaction to the company’s latest leadership initiative did not surprise Judy.  In her first six months as VP of the division, she quickly realized that Kurt had all the answers.  At least he believed he did. Continue Reading…

Soccer Moms—Stop Letting Your Kids Beg

Don't Ask The Kids To Beg

I love sports.  I love youth sports.  I love what sports teaches kids.  Unfortunately, youth sports can also be a place where young athletes are exposed to the wrong lessons in life.

A previous post on this page even addresses another aspect of youth sports: trophies. But a new phenomenon in youth sports makes me crazy.   Placing young athletes at street corners to beg for financial support! Continue Reading…

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