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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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.

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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…

Mostly Honest Is Not Good Enough

Is My Bar High Enough?

I eat healthy most of the time.  I am in a good mood most of the time.  I am prompt most of the time.  These are all statements that describe me.  I could strive for better, but those are probably good enough.

I need to face the fact that I am a hypocrite when I call myself a man of integrity.  Being honest is not something I should do most of the time.  But that’s what I do.

Integrity can be defined as the quality of being honest and fair.  Integrity can also mean whole or complete, undivided or unimpaired.    Mostly honest is too low a bar. Continue Reading…

Five Truths About A Leader’s Life

A Leader's Most Important Tool

Leaders are needed!  People want to be led by leaders who live lives that are consistent with what they claim to be important.

I am unashamedly part of the leadership development/consulting industry.  The industry was pioneered by gurus like Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Ken Blanchard and John Maxwell.  They have all provided invaluable tools and resources to leaders through the years.

But, one tool is the grand daddy of them all.  One tool rises above the rest to deliver the influence and the impact all leaders desire.  Continue Reading…

What Would William Wallace Do?

WWWWD or W4D

WWWWD or better W4D.  I am sucker for the movie Braveheart.  I love the action, the humor and the history of it.  My wife always knows when I have watched clips of the movie, because she comes home to my bad Scottish accent.

But, beyond that, I love the hero.  William Wallace sets an example of leadership and of manhood all of us should aspire to.  What if leaders used William Wallace as a filter to for our own leadership?

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Communication: To Speak or To Be Heard?

Goal:  To Speak or To Be Heard

If I just want to speak then no thought is needed.  I can just let her rip!  If I want to be heard, then I must pay attention to what words I say and how I present them.

I was reading an article on communication recently.  The article gave me some good tips for changing my style to meet the needs of my audience.

In the comments section, another reader felt that changing his style was a cop out.  He described himself as someone who did not hold back.  As a result, people saw him as too aggressive or even caustic.

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3 Disciplines For Being Productive Versus Busy

Busy Bee

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates.  There is plenty of movement but you never know if it is going forward, backward or sideways.”

-H. Jackson Brown

Me:  “Hey Laura.  How are things going?”

Laura:  “It’s been a busy week Dave.  I’ve been running non-stop since Monday.”

I always want to surround myself with talented high-energy people.  These people energize me.  But, they can also wear me out.  Why?  Because many believe that doing a lot of STUFF makes a difference.

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