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.

What Would William Wallace Do?


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?

I have been off for two weeks spending time with my family.  New blogs begin again next week.

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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.

I am taking two weeks off to be with my family.  I will be back with new blogs next week.

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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.

I am taking two weeks off with my family.  I will be reposting previous blogs during that time.  Have a blessed Christmas!

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3 Reasons People Don’t Change

Will You Change?

It had been almost five years since I had seen my West Point classmate.  I always enjoyed seeing him.  We have a common bond all academy graduates have.  But, after our first hour together, he said something that rocked my world.

“Dave, you haven’t changed a bit.”

I smiled and secretly hoped he was talking about my pant size.

I am taking two weeks off with to be with my family.  I will repost previous blogs during these two weeks.  Have a blessed Christmas!

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Who Is Going To Step Up And Lead?

Who's Going To Lead?

They just stood there.  It was funny.  It was sad.  It was telling.  When the captains left the court, none of the other players stepped forward to lead.  Communication broke down and chaos ensued.

I was watching a high school girls sporting event.  Unfortunately, I have seen this in the business world too.  When the leader is gone and nobody steps forward, a bump in the road can cause a relatively smooth running team to end up in a ditch.

This is a repost from April 2013

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Two Keys To Avoiding Over-Commitment

Saying "Yes" can be an affliction

Yes is one word.  It is one word that can please so many and also let so many people down.  I struggle to say NoNo does not come easily, but it has saved me and saved my credibility more than once.

I am sure I am not alone.  I often commit to a good project or a good cause due to my desire to please others.  I, like many other people who over-commit themselves, end up damaging relationships rather than strengthening them. Continue Reading…

Two Ways I Beat Procrastination

Maybe later...

I’ve been meaning to write this blog for a while…. (See what I did there?)

I am a world-class procrastinator.  I have years of experience under my belt in putting off things I do not like doing.  I have also spent a lot of time trying find ways to stop procrastinating.

I have read books.  I have bought planners.  I have hired people who I ask to remind me to do things.  All of these have helped.  But, I now realize I will never be rid of this trait.  Procrastination will always be there.  Continue Reading…

Where Mediocrity Goes To Die

Die Mediocre! Die!

What does good look like?  That is what many companies do a poor job of defining when it comes to their core values.  What follows is one company’s core value of Excellence.

I was fortunate enough to help them develop all four of their core values:  Excellence, Integrity, Teamwork and Service.  The team that developed these values is setting themselves up for success by defining what good looks like.

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Two Problems With Team Standards

How High Is The Hoop?

“I met the standards.  What is the problem?”  There are likely two problems here.  Problem #1 is the attitude.  Problem #2 is the standards themselves.

I have either caused or witnessed both of these problems. Some people believe the first problem is with the follower and the second problem is with the leader. This is a fallacy.

Originally Posted January 2013.

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Five Ways Leaders Build Trust

Does my team trust me?

My team didn’t trust me.  It was my first leadership role outside the Army.  I had been in charge of this team of 10 sales representatives for almost 6 months.

I believed I was trustworthy, but the truth was a hard pill to swallow.  I thought just being a good guy would make my people believe that I was trustworthy. But, for some people and for some teams, trust does not come that easily.

As a leader I learned how important it was to build trust.  I needed to be intentional and have a plan.  Continue Reading…

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