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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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

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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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Jan 23, 2018

“To be an optimistic leader in the face of challenges is a true competitive advantage in the world today”

In season 13 episode 2 we are joined by Mike Erwin. He is the co-author of "Lead Yourself First," founder of two non-profit 's (Team Red White and Blue and The Positivity Project), and is the CEO of Character and Leadership Center.  

In our conversation we covered:

- What is positive psychology? 

- When is Character developed?

- How positivity relates to leadership

- Can negative people change?

- How to become a more positive person

- Why leaders put limits on their people

- What is solitude and why is it some important

- Why Eisenhower was such a great leader

- How do you make solitude a part of your daily practice?

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Jan 16, 2018

"If all you are doing is staying out of your remote team members way, you aren't leading"

In season 13 episode 1, John covered how to lead remote team members.  

A few of the topics we cover:

- Why leading a remote team is so important

- Trends to support remote work

- Focus on building great relationships with team members

- Leverage a meeting structure focused on 3 questions

- Spend time on purpose and vision

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Jan 9, 2018

"Leadership is all about improving the performance of team members."

In season 12 episode 8 (Episode 100!) we are joined by one of our favorite guests Roderic Yapp.  Rod is the founder of Leadership Forces.  In our conversation, we cover everything leadership including:

- Rod's simple leadership definition

Great leadership stories about Shackelford and General James Mattis

- Why command and control leadership is misunderstood

- How command and control is actually defined

- Why it’s important to care what peers think about you

- Why defining standards are so important for leaders

- Should consequences of standards be enforced always the same?

- Why there is a real need for more leaders in the world

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Jan 3, 2018

Season 12 episode 7 is all about helping you make 2018 your best leadership year ever. John Eades covers his 1 word for the new year and challenges you to create a new word to help guide and focus you. 

Then he covers the 5 New Year's resolutions the best leaders commit to every year.  

- What is a resolution anyways?

- Why it's important to ask for feedback about yourself 

- Why you must communicate why the team is doing what it's doing 

- How to reject negativity and naysayers

How to focus on the most important things every single day

Why you must show belief and appreciation for team members 

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Dec 28, 2017

In season 12 episode 6, John Eades covers the 9 best leadership lessons from 2017.  Regardless if you are a CEO, front-line manager or you aspire to move into leadership there is a lesson for you.

1. A person who is humble, hungry, and smart adds value to a team in any environment

Pat Lencioni

2. Great leaders believe in their people and hold them to a high standard

Jon Gordon

3. Values are developed by what you reward, recognize and talk about

Howard Behar

4. The single greatest people skill is an authentic interest in another person

Bob Burg

5. Leaders create the culture that drives behavior which produces the results

Brian Kight

6. Build a company you truly want to work for one that loves and serves people

Casey Crawford

7. Make decisions to become the person you aspire to be

Jimmy Collins

8. Transfer belief to your kids every day “You

are going to do great and mighty things”

Bob Beaudine

9. Great leaders want decisions to be made where the information is

David Marquet

Dec 19, 2017

“Purpose comes before goals and accomplishments, not the other way around”

In season 12 episode 5 we are joined by Robb Holman.  He is an internationally recognized leadership expert, executive coach, keynote speaker, and author who has a heart for authentic relationships and a true talent for equipping people with the skills and the knowledge necessary for their success.

In our conversation we cover:

- How to discover your purpose as a professional

- Why is so important for professionals to be passionate

- How to create a personal vision

- What’s your 2018 Mantra?

- Why accountability is so important in our career

- Why accountability should equal momentum

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Dec 12, 2017

“Transfer of belief is the key to leadership success”

In season 12 episode 4 we are joined by Logan Stout.  He is an accomplished business owner, philanthropist, entrepreneur, best-selling author, keynote speaker and leadership trainer. 

You can learn more about the Leadership Summit here.

In our conversation we cover:

- 3 components to be free from a worldly standpoint

- The best question any entrepreneur can ask themselves

- Why talent is overrated

- How do leaders transfer belief

- Best lessons from John Maxwell

- When is the right time to start a new business

- How to define success 

- What is harder leading at work or leading at home

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Dec 4, 2017

“When we decide who we want to be, we can begin to live that person out by making the choices to become that person.”

In season 12 episode 3 we are joined by Jimmy Collins. He was the 3rd employee at Chick-fil-A and is the author of Creative Followership.  In our discussion we cover:

- What is creative followership?

- What does Chick-fil-A look for in people?

- Why the boss hired you?

- What does Chick-fil-A do create a successful culture

- Why don’t most organizations copy Chick-fil-A’s culture

- How to become the person you admire

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Nov 28, 2017

"Sitting is the new smoking"

In season 12 episode 2 we are joined by Dr. Sean Pastuch the founder of Performance Care and Active Life RX.  He provides tangible ways for you to stay active, make better food choices, and take care of your back.  

You can follow on insta @activeliferx

In our conversation we cover:

- How to balance exercise and diet?

- What can professionals do to eat better?

- What can be done to take better care of back

- Should you sit or stand at work?

- What can you do to alleviate an 8 hour sitting day?

- Why leaders should just look at the revenue and results

- What people can do to find their passion

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Nov 21, 2017

“We are all in the relationship business”

In season 12 Episode 1 we are joined by Mac Richard.  The found of Spur Leadership, Pastor of Lake Hills Church and author of The Trust Protocol.  

You can get the book here

In our conversation we cover:

- How do you get over when trust is broken

- What is the trust protocol

- Who is responsible for building trust?

- Why owning mistakes is so important to build trust

- What can a leader do to begin building trust with a new team?

- Why authenticity is so important in building trust

- The myth of servant leadership


Nov 14, 2017

“Wake up everyday understanding you have the choice to do what matters in all the roles in your life”

Kel Landis is the former CEO of RBC Centura Bank and co-founder and partner at Plexus Capital. He is also the author of The Little Book of Do! His best advice? Be a doer in life and don't be afraid to take a risk. 

You can get book and learn more about Kel at

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In our conversation we cover:

- What is a doer?

- The upside and downside of being a doer

- How to prioritize the things that make your to-do list every day

- How to balance being a doer

- How to find your purpose

- The power of purpose and vision statement in business and life

- Why should people take risks

- What keeps us going through tough times

- Why it’s important we all focus on human relations


Nov 7, 2017

"A vision doesn’t guarantee a team will get where it wants to go, but they certainly won’t get there without one."

In season 11 episode 7 I cover a topic that comes up over and over again, 'vision.'  Learn how effective you use vision as a leader by taking the Welder Leader assessment. 

In this episode we cover:  

- Why vision matters as a leader

- Great stories of near perfect vision 

- The formula for a great vision statement

- 3 things you can do to be a better visionary leader

- How to be a visionary leader when you have a remote team.

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Oct 31, 2017

“No matter where you come from, no matter what circumstances you had to deal with, you can still rise above and be successful.”

In season 11 episode 6 we are joined by Arkevious Armstrong.  After not one but two stints in prison, he is making his mark on the world helping redirect the path of the youth and young adults. Giving them the tools to make the right decisions. Building
leaders and strengthening confidence. Changing a life one individual at a time. He believes if you're not the solution then you're part of the problem.

You can learn more about Arkevious at or

In our conversation we cover:

- Why every person has a purpose

- Why finding your purpose is so important in life

- Why people don't tap into their potential

- Why investing in yourself is so important

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Oct 23, 2017

You can have similar ideas and you are taken more seriously as a man than a woman

In season 11 episode 5 we are joined by Elba Pareja Gallagher. She is the Director of Finance of Global B2C Strategy at UPS and the founder of an organization working to close the gender gap one organization at a time.

You can download the McKinsey Report Here or check out

In our conversation we cover:

What is Red Ocean and Blue Ocean Strategy?

- How does a leader to be more innovative and know their opinion matters?

- What can someone on a team do to bring innovative ideas to their leader?

- What stereotypes exist between men and women in the workplace

- The state of women in the workplace

- The unconscious bias in that exists in the workplace

- What can men and women do to set people up for higher levels of success?

- Why networking is so important in your career

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Oct 17, 2017

“When you put your focus on your followers, they will thrive”

In season 11 episode 4 we are joined by Marcel Schwantes. He is a speaker, entrepreneur, executive coach, and syndicated columnist with global readership. His work has been featured on Inc., Time, Business Insider, Chicago Tribune. Marcel speaks passionately on the power of servant leadership and making the workplace more human. His company, Leadership from the Core, is a key player in developing servant-leadership and human-centered leadership content and training programs for companies that are 100 percent committed to creating highly engaged, democratic, and freedom-oriented work cultures that will lead to high performance and bottom-line success.

In our conversation we cover:

- What does Leadership really mean?

- Why servant leaders get great results

- How to get higher levels of discretionary effort out of your team

- How can leader do a better job of providing communication to their team



Oct 10, 2017

In Season 11 Episode 3 we are joined by Jason V Barger.  He is a globally celebrated Author, Speaker, Consultant, and founder of Step Back Leadership. He is a former college basketball player who now works with organizations that are passionate about Culture Change, Leadership Development, Innovation, Service, and bringing their Mission to life every day.  

Learn more about his upcoming Thermostat Cultures Live Conference in Columbus Ohio in November.

In our conversation we cover:

- Why culture is so important

- How every employee can add or subtract to company culture

- Great examples of organizational cultures

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Oct 3, 2017

“Ego puts a filter on the world that corrupts your relationship with reality”

In season 11 episode 2 we are joined by Cy Wakeman.  She is a drama researcher, international leadership speaker, and founder of Reality-Based Leadership. Her new book is titled: No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Workplace Drama, End Entitlement, and Drive Big Results.

You can follow Cy on social media @CyWakeman or learn more at

In our conversation we cover:

- Why the field of HR and Leadership isn’t made for human behavior

- Why co-dependency is so prevalent in leadership

- What’s the cost of drama in the workplace?

- How do you bypass the ego

- Why ego is such a big problem in leadership

- What can leaders do to help their people overcome ego

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