Follow My Lead: Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow with John Eades

Every week on the Follow My Lead podcast, John Eades interviews exceptional leaders to extract their secrets and best practices to transfer knowledge to the leaders of tomorrow. The show focuses on helping modern professionals be better prepared to lead themselves and lead others. Popular topics include: Leadership, Management, and Motivation
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Jul 17, 2018

“Your job as a leader is to lift other people up”

In season 16 episode 3 we are joined by Brad Lomenick. He was the CEO of Catalyst and the author of H3 Leadership.

- Why Habits are so important in life and leadership?

- Why it’s important you are developing people early on

- How leaders should look for character?

- Why do we have so many bad leaders?

- How do you prepare people to do their next job?

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Jul 10, 2018

“Communication is the key that keeps a company going. When it starts to break down, problems start to happen.”

In season 16 episode 2 we are joined by Allen Gannett. He is the CEO of Track Maven and Marketing Analytics company as well as the author of The Creative Curve.  

You can follow him on LinkedIn here, get the book here, or learn more about Track Maven here.

In our conversation we cover:

- Why maturity makes you a more effective leader

- How do you go about being vulnerable with your team

- How to be proactive to develop your culture

- Why hiring is so important in the development of culture

- Why people should care about creativity

- What are our two evolutionary urges

- Why you must do purposeful practice

- How to be a creative

- How to build a brand on LinkedIn

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Jul 3, 2018

"I try to encourage and inspire every leader in our company to serve their teams."

In Season 16 episode 1, we are joined by Jason Lippert the CEO of  Lippert Components Incorporated (LCI), a $2.0+ billion revenue company with 11,000 team members across the US, Canada and Italy. They are a supplier of specialized and complex component solutions for our customers in the RV industry, manufactured housing, leisure and mobile transportation industries.

In our conversation we cover:

- Why organizational leadership should stop managing based on results

- How generations thought differently about the development of people

- Why Jason believes "Everybody Matters"

- How to create a business where people are truly valued

- Why Core Values are so important in leadership

- What is a "dream manager"

- How to drastically reduce lower turnover

- Why culture is so important to LCI's success

- How to attract great talent

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Jun 26, 2018

"Everyone’s role is different but the status is the same"

In season 15 episode 8 we are joined by Villanova Head Basketball Coach Jay Wright and Citigroup CEO of Global Cards Jud Linville.

In the conversation we cover:

- How to be patient in your career?

- What are the leadership habits that make them successful?

- How do leaders lead in today’s social media world?

- How to think about talent and what to look for in people to ensure they are a culture fit

- Why you should put an intense focus on culture?

- How do you create more leaders instead of more followers?

- What is the single most important attribute of a leader?

- How to define leadership

- How these great leaders define leadership?

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Jun 19, 2018

"The role of being in a leadership position provides an incredible opportunity make you more fulfilled at work."

In season 15 episode 7, I cover the important topic of fulfillment at work and how a position of leadership is handled correctly can make it a reality.  Instead of shying away or looking at all the negatives what if you looked at the great opportunity that comes with having an elevated position in an organization.

In the show we cover:

- The PEG Factor

- Why you should care about being fulfilled at work

- How to think about PEG Factor if you are already leading a team

- The amount of money you should focus on to provide

- Why experiences matter so much in your career and life

- How to know if you are growing in your role

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Jun 12, 2018

“Successful crisis management requires effective simultaneous communication and action”

In season 15 episode 6 we are joined by Melissa Agnes. She is a leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management, and brand protection. She is also the author of Crisis Ready:Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World.

In the conversation we cover:

- What's the difference between a crisis and an issue

- How to lead effectively through crisis

- What to do if crisis strikes your organization or team

- Why you must focus on action and communication in crisis

- Why crisis management is really about people

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Jun 5, 2018

"Emotional Intelligence is the ability to make emotions work for you, not against you."

In season 15 episode 5 we are joined by Justin Bariso.  He is an author, speaker, consultant and one of's most popular columnists. He just released his new book EQ Applied: The Real World guide to Emotional Intelligence.

You can get the book here.

In the conversation we cover:

- What is emotional intelligence

- Why is EQ so important

- Can someone be trained to improve their EQ?

- 6 Surprising Ways to Build Emotional Intelligence

- Why empathy is so important in leadership

- How to influence others like FBI agent Chris Voss

- How do you develop EQ in kids

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May 29, 2018

“In order to improve performance reviews for your people you must collect data from more people than just yourself.”

In season 15 episode 4 we are joined by Dave Needham.  He is the CEO of Ohos a real-time feedback and performance evaluation software company. 

On the show we cover:

- How often should performance review be done?

- Why performance reviews are broken?

- How the best leaders do performance reviews

- How leading and lagging indicators play into performance reviews

- How managers think about improving performance reviews

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May 22, 2018

“If you change yourself, you can change your organization and it will make you happier.”

In season 15 episode 3, Whitney Johnson joins us on the show.  She was named one of the world's fifty most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50 in 2017. She is also the author of the bestselling Build an A-Team (2018) and Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (2015).

You can learn more about here.

In the conversation we cover:

- How to define success

- How do optimize your own learning curve

- How do you optimize the learning curve for your people

- How do you not get complacent when running your team

- How the best leaders help their people grow?

- How much the size of an organization play into the opportunity for growth

- How to become a talent magnet and build an ‘A’ team.  

- What is harder leading at work or leading at home?

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May 15, 2018

“People are hungry for authentic and hungry leadership”

In season 15 episode 2 we are joined by Ryan Estis.  He is a highly sought-after speaker and trainer who supports some of the world's leading brands. 

You can learn more about Ryan here.

In our conversation we cover:

- Why watches matter

- Why time is our most valuable resource

- Why people are hungry for great leadership

- How Edward Jones provides a great example of leadership

- How you change an unhealthy organization

- What does the future of work look like

- Are people at an advantage without kids?

- What is one of life’s most interesting questions

- 2 daily questions you should ask yourself daily

- Why you should live with no regret

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May 8, 2018

In season 15 episode 1 we are joined by Sue Hiser.  She is the author of "Your Epic Adventure: A 90 Day Personal Challenge" To get us started in season 15, John has created a 90 Day leadership challenge we hope you join us on.

In the podcast we cover:

- The 90 Day Leadership Epic Adventure

- What is an epic adventure?

- How does someone hold themselves accountable

- Why 90 days is so important to do something epic

- Why you should think about a pacifier when in doubt

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May 1, 2018

"Don't neglect your personal power to influence others in a positive way."

In season 14 episode 8, John Eades covers a story with Jimmy Collins the 3rd employee at Chick-fil-A around how Truett Cathy got "It's My Pleasure" a part of its culture.

In the podcast we cover:

  • Chick-fil-A personal power story
  • How to give great feedback 
  • The difference between "will" and "skill"
  • How to think about leadership differently
  • Why it's important to stretch how you think about leadership

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Apr 24, 2018

"Without being proactive, your gift of patience might never become a positive."

In season 14 episode 7, John Eades encourages you to continue to pursue your journey one day at a time.  

In the show he covers:

- The incredible story of Abraham Lincoln

- A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step

- Why patience is so important in your professional journey

- Why patience without proactivity is a mistake

- How to use courage to help your journey

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Apr 17, 2018

“If you got the news you had 6 months to live, how would your life change”

In season 14 episode 6 we are joined by Todd Gongwer.  He is the author of "LEAD...For God's Sake," a speaker, and trainer.  You can find out more about Todd here or follow him on Twitter

In our conversation we cover:

- What is the secret to success and longevity in life?

- How to think about ambition

- Why the concept of limited time is so important

- Why you should contemplate the consequences

- Why leadership goes beyond influence

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Apr 10, 2018

“When the brain is in a positive state it thinks more clearly, more creatively and it problem solves better”

In season 14 episode 5, Amber Selking of Selking Performance joins us.  Dr. Selking serves as the Mental Performance consultant for Head Coach Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame Football team, hosts a weekly podcast entitled "Building Championship Mindsets." She also founded The Selking Performance Group which emphasizes the power of Mindset and Leadership to drive lasting change in individual lives, athletic teams, businesses, and organizations.

In our conversation we cover:

- How to create an environment conducive to high performance

- What is a Championship Mindset?

- How does someone go about building strong positive beliefs

- Her favorite leadership lesson from legendary football coach Lou Holtz

- Why Jeremiah 29:11 is an influential scripture in life

- Why you can be transformed by your mind

- One of the best social media tactics you will ever hear about

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Apr 3, 2018

"Your actions and behavior play a massive part in the perception others have of you."

In Season 14 episode 4, John Eades covers a topic we get asked all the time, "How do get a promotion and be looked at as a leader in my organization?"  

While results are a major part of the answer it's only one part.  How others perceive you is another. In the episode, John covers the 5 P's of perception:

  1. Presence Online
  2. Professionalism
  3. Positivity
  4. Passion
  5. Proactivity

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Mar 27, 2018

“Leadership isn’t a one on many game, it’s a one-on-one game.”

In season 14 episode 3, John Eades delivers a keynote on the "5 Principles Welder Leaders Get Right."  The talk was delivered to Called2Business a group of professionals working to bring their faith to work. 

In the talk John covers:

  1. Model Leadership
  2. Develop Relationships Based on Trust
  3. Standards of Set the Tone
  4. Empower Others to Make Decisions
  5. Maximize with a Mantra

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Mar 20, 2018

"Why would you prevent or limit yourself from flourishing because of your age?"

In season 14 episode 2, Elizabeth Louis joins the show. She founded Elizabeth Louis Coaching, where she is passionate about empowering people to become the best version of themselves both in their personal and professional life.  

You can follow her on instagram or on her website.

In our conversation we cover:

- Her interesting personal story though modeling and personal struggle

- How to find passion as a young professional

- How to handle the age question

- What we can learn from generational differences

- Why it's important to have a coach

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Mar 13, 2018

“Set extremely high goals and it will encourage people to no end”

In season 14 episode 1 we are joined by Chris Elmore.  He is a co-founder of AvidXchange and current Company Evangelist.  He is also the author of 8 books, an adjunct professor, and public speaker.  

You can learn more about AvidXchange here or check out Chris here.

On our conversation we cover:

- How hard is it to keep going when the results aren’t happening?

- Why is personal brand so important today?

- Why setting goals are so important

- Why you should define a family culture and values

- Why your social media updates matter

- How learning can impact your career

- How soon should an entrepreneur think about culture and leadership?

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Mar 6, 2018

"Your culture is not just your tradition. It's the people in your building who carry it on"  Brad Stevens

In season 13 episode 8, John Eades covers the 5 Rules of an Elite Culture. Regardless of your role on your team in your organization, you will be sure to learn something to help improve your culture.

John covers:

- What the word culture comes from

- His favorite definitions of culture

- Description of the 5 levels of company culture

- 5 rules Elite cultures live by

Want to learn more or take the free culture assessment.  Go to





Feb 27, 2018

"If your actions inspire, empower and serve others to produce an improved state over an extended period of time, you are a leader"

In season 13 episode 7 John Eades covers 4 ways to protect yourself from becoming a bad leader.  

Regardless of where you are on your leadership journey, it's never too early or late to discover ways to protect yourself from becoming a bad leader. 

Take the free company culture assessment here.

Feb 20, 2018

In 2008, it was nearly impossible to get a loan in America because of the housing crisis.  It was even harder to build a mortgage company in such a space.  That didn’t deter Casey Crawford the CEO of Movement Mortgage.  The company has become a top 10 loan originator in the world, employs 4,200 people and is changing the way organizations interact with their people.  

“People don’t want to work in a hierarchical and bureaucratic environment, they want to feel they are part of a team, feel empowered, know what the boundaries are, and most importantly have a sense of play, purpose, and potential at work.” - Casey Crawford.

Feb 13, 2018

“The way you win in 2018 is to invite more people to the table and help more people. That’s the kind of individuals want to surround themselves with, that's the kind of companies people want to buy from, and the kind of communities people want to join.”

In season 13 episode 5 I am joined by Dan Tyre. He is an Executive at Hubspot and a Speaker, author, adviser, mentor, investor. His new book: The Inbound Organization.

In the episode we cover:

-Why it’s important to have a personal mission statement

- How to Win in 2018

- Why having a big heart is so important in today’s business world

- How Hubspot came to be what it is today

- Are their similarities to the Hubspot journey and personal leadership journey

- Why failure is an import lesson for anyone to learn

- How to manage relationships at home when professionals travel

- Why having a mentor is so important to your career

- Why setting goals is so important to success

- What is an M Spot

- 3 Lessons for any entrepreneur

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Feb 6, 2018

“We tend to overuse the commanding style of leadership but leadership is more about defining purpose, helping with direction, and shaping the environment around peoples action, not running people like a puppet.”

In season 13 episode 4, Garth Massey joins the show.  He is the founder of MLMethods, a 22-year military veteran, speaker, husband, and father. You can learn more about Garth at or

In our conversation we cover:

What about the military builds great leadership skills?

What does the military do to create discipline?

Why is discipline so important today?

What is commander’s intent?

Who are leaders who have a made a big impact we all can learn from?

Why the statue is a bad example of leadership.

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Jan 30, 2018

“Part of someone’s expertise as a leader is knowing that they don’t have to have all the answers they just need to know the right questions to ask”

In season 13 episode 3 we are joined by Bob Tiede.  He is an author, blogger, at and part of the leadership development team at Cru. 

In our conversation we cover:

- What great leaders do?

- Why great leaders ask questions

- What’s the difference between a Multiplier and a Diminisher?

- The art of leading people to their own path

- How to build better relationships

- How to be a more effective parent through relationships

- One question to show how well you know your team

- The best parenting tip you will ever hear

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