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.

New Leaders On New Teams: 5 Key Steps

New Leader, New Team

I started my first team from scratch and it took us over two years to hit our stride.  My second team had a mix of experienced and novice members on it.  We took about a year to begin to fire on all cylindars.  The next team was pieced together from other teams.  The individuals were all tenured and successful but most had not worked together before. We hit our stride quickly.

The way a leader launches into leadership with a new team can often determine that team’s trajectory for years to come. Continue Reading…

Dysfunction Is The Issue Not Incompetence

Everyone Has Smart People

Two companies competing in the same market can have wildly different results.  One company will thrive and the other will flounder.  Why?  Does one company have smarter people?  Or better information?

That is unlikely.  There is not a shortage of smart people in business today.  The people available for businesses to hire have never had access to more education and more information.

Brains and skills abound in most companies.  Brains and skills are hired and reinforced through training. Yet some companies lag behind the leaders.  Why?  The answer is dysfunction not incompetence. Continue Reading…

Two Ways To Stunt Leadership Development

Let Them Decide!

Many people are not prepared for leadership because their leader has not prepared them.   Some leaders fail to develop the people around them because they don’t allow them to make decisions.

When a leader prevents people from making decisions at lower levels, the organization is creating an environment where low potential followers flourish and future leaders flee. Continue Reading…

How Leaders Create Email Hell

Email Hell

It’s like a sad Dilbert cartoon. A leader sitting in his office shooting email after email off to people he can see through the glass window of his office. It’s sadder when he has set up a culture on his team that he expects an immediate response to his emails.

Is this a Dilbert cartoon on leadership? Unfortunately it’s not. Over the last few years training and developing frontline leaders from multiple companies and industries, I hear tales about this form of leadership. But it is not really leadership. It is management. Continue Reading…

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…

Leaders: Make A Decision!

Pull The Dang Trigger!

Ready – Shoot – Aim! Unfortunately that can be my decision-making process. On the other end of the spectrum are leaders who tend to be Ready – Aim – Aim – Aim….

Both styles can be problematic. One causes a lot of starting and a lot of stopping to happen. The other causes nothing to happen.

I may be tipping my hand and giving everyone an insight into my personality, but I also know I speak for a lot of people who are waiting on their leaders, when I say, “Pull the dang trigger!”  Continue Reading…

My Un-Resume: I Didn’t Fire Him Fast Enough

My Un-Resume

He was a borderline narcissist. His reaction to my coaching often approached rage. I hired him for his past performance in another industry. But, I failed to fire him quickly when I realized he was unwilling to change.

Every now and then I add another entry to my un-resume. These are my leadership screw-ups and the lessons I have learned from them. Wisdom does not come through perfection. Wisdom comes through failure. Continue Reading…

What Is A New Leader’s Reward?

Ready To Sacrifice?

The reward for leadership is the opportunity to make more sacrifices. I see many talented people become disillusioned leaders because they are not prepared for this fact.

I attended the National Council On Culture and Leadership Annual Summit (NCCL Website) last week and heard a fellow West Point graduate Steve Ingalls describe the sacrifices we all must make when we become leaders. Continue Reading…

Becoming An Uncommon Leader

Be Uncommon

Early in my leadership career in Corporate America, I followed the pack.  I did what others did.  I remember watching my sales manager lead a certain way, and I emulated what he had done.  Unfortunately by following what was commonly done, my teams consistently had very common results.

Like many people, being common was never one of my goals growing up.  I came to the realization that I needed to change.  If I wanted to be an uncommon leader, I needed to do things that the pack was not doing.  Continue Reading…

Culture Is The Leader’s Job

A Leader's Job

Politics.  Gossip.  Back stabbing.  Whining.  Distrust. Selfishness.  Bad Attitudes.  Work environments characterized by one or more of these traits are miserable places to work.

I often run into leaders that know they are leading teams that have these issues.  Unfortunately some of these leaders fail to realize that the cultures of their teams are the results of their leadership.  Or more accurately, their lack of leadership.

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